Frances (Kremer) Chesrown – 1915 - 2003

Frances R. Chesrown, 88, Colorado Springs, Colo., formerly of Linton, North Dak. and Sun City, Ariz., died April 28, 2003, in Colorado Springs, Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at United Methodist Church, Linton, with the Rev. Warren Wenzel officiating. Burial will be in the Chesrown family plot in the Linton Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 9 am to 9 pm. today and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, all at the Myers Funeral Home, Linton. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the services at the church.

Frances, (Fran) was born March 30, 1915, in Linton, the daughter of Jacob J. Kremer, an immigrant from Kassel, Germany, via Ukraine and Bertha Sautter Kremer, South Dakota. Fran attended grade school in Linton, and graduated in 1933 from Linton High School where she was active in school plays and music. She then completed a year of study at Dakota Business College in Fargo.

For many years, Fran worked for her father at the J.J. Kremer Furniture and Hardware Stores in Linton. In the early 1940’s she moved to Menasha, Wis., where she was a hostess at the Menasha Hotel for the Sahli Brothers, John and Peter. Fran loved to talk with people and sing, and one of the highlights of her youth was singing with the Lawrence Welk Orchestra during one of their visits to Strasburg.

On Dec. 17, 1946, Fran married Robert Chesrown, who had recently returned from Europe and World War II. They lived in Linton where Robert practiced law and politics as a state senator, and Fran was a housewife and a mother. Fran was active in the Florene Crittenden Charity, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Republic Legislative Wives organization, for which she published a cookbook. She was also an avid bridge player in local clubs.

The Chesrowns sold their house on Highway 83, and moved to Sun City, in 1982. Senator Chesrown died in 1988. Fran loved to travel, and in the early 1990’s, she visited Europe and Australia. In May 2001, she moved to Colorado Springs, where she lived at Alterra Memory Loss Center and Life Quality Homes.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie Haukness and Robert Haukness, Reston, Va.; her daughter and son-in-law, Sandi Chesrown and Wael Sherman, Colorado Springs; her grand daughter, Dr. Heather Haukness and her husband Dr. Dave Bentrem; her great granddaughter, Hannah Lorelei Bentrem, Chicago; and her granddaughter, Lorelei Haukness, Middlebury, Vt.; and four sisters and their families; one sister-in-law; and one brother-in-law, Mrs. Esther Larson, Fresno, Calif., Mrs. La Vonne Kelling, Adell, Wis., Mrs. Donna Rickert, Farmington Hills, Mich., Mrs. Jean Kremer, West Sun City, Ariz., and Russell Chesrown, Kankakee, Ill.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her brother Dr. Leslie Kremer, Seattle

In farewell to Frances our devoted mother, "The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance on your and give you peace." (Qumran Scrolls, found in Jerusalem, 1979; Numbers 6:24-26, Moses, Mt. Sinai, 2500 B.C.)

The family appreciates and supports contribution to the Alzheimer’s Association, Rocky Mountain Chapter, 2930 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, Colo. 80918.