Fran “Mootz” Thelen, age 87, of New Munich, died peacefully, surrounded by her family Oct. 10, 2020, at her home in New Munich. 

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich with the Rev. Daniel Walz officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

Francella Elizabeth Maritsch was born June 1, 1933, in St. Martin to Henry and Helen (Mayers) Maritsch.  On June 23, 1955, she married Otto Thelen at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich. Fran worked as a bartender in New Munich for many years and later worked at Walmart in Sauk Centre. 

She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Catholic United Financial, St. Rita’s Mission Group and the Christian Women. Fran enjoyed bowling, gardening, quilting, crocheting and knitting, watching the Minnesota Twins and loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Fran was famous for baking her homemade overnight buns and making her dressing from scratch.

Survivors include her children, Sharon (Joe) Schwieters of Greenwald, June (Norm) Schwieters of Holdingford, Paula (Rueben) Schwieters of New Munich, Lynn Van Drehle (Jim Rieland) of New Munich, Scott (Carol) Thelen of New Munich, Kelly (Tim) Thielen of New Munich, and Kurt (Peg) Thelen of New Munich; 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren with three on the way; and brother-in-law Oswald Thelen of St. Joseph.

Fran was preceded in death by her husband, Otto Thelen on Dec. 2, 2015; parents; sisters Marcelline Dobos and Eileen Jonas; and son-in-law Alan Van Drehle.

Serving as casket bearers will be Tanner Schwieters, Kyle Schwieters, Amber Van Drehle, Shane Thelen, Dakotah Thelen and Brittany Frieler. Cross bearer will be Nathan Schwieters and scripture bearer will be Brady Van Drehle.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose. 

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