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Frances B. "Fran" Karpen

Frances "Fran" was born July 22, 1922, in Hastings, to Albert and Frances (Lindley) Gergen. She was a 1940 graduate of Hastings High School. Fran loved reading and teaching children the gift of reading, sewing, baking, and writing, especially the Hastings Gazette feature Karpens Korner for several years.

Fran was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Mary; and brother, John.

She is survived by her eight dearly loved children, Betty Karpen of Silver Bay, Minn., Barbara Karpen of Lakewood, Colo., John Karpen Jr. of St. Paul, Minn., Michael Karpen of Denver, Colo., Susan Stenquist (Rick) of St. Francis, Minn., Terri Whipple of Hastings, Peter (Cindy) Karpen of Hastings, and Kim Karpen-Hayes (Peter) of Ft. Pierce, Fla.; also 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The funeral mass, officiated by Fr. James Perkl, will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2035 West 15th St., Hastings. The visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, 201 East Seventh Street, Hastings, and one hour prior to the service at church.

Arrangements were handled by the Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, Hastings, 651-437-9419,