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Frances Warling

April 17, 1917-April 25, 2011

Former Lake Park resident Frances A. Warling, 94, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, April 25, 2011, in Oak Crossing, Detroit Lakes, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Frances was born to Frank and Emilie (Clodt) Hemmerling on April 17, 1917 in Cavalier, N.D. She grew up and attended school at Sacred Heart Academy in Fargo. She then attended Valley City State Teachers College. She taught rural school in Becker County and in North Dakota.

Frances married Gerhard Warling on August 5, 1943 in Lake Park. Following their marriage they farmed in Callaway and Lake Park. She was involved in Lake Park Cub Scouts, Franklin Home Makers, the Red Hat Society, and was also involved with the Lake Park Parent Teachers Association.

She wrote for the Lake Park Journal and the Hawley Herald, and she helped write the Becker County history and the history of the Lake Park Children's Home. She researched and wrote a 100-year history of Lake Park business places and of the school for the Lake Park Centennial in 1981. In 1984, she was chairman of the Lake Park Children's Home reunion. Frances enjoyed writing histories for area families and genealogy.

Gerhard died June 30, 1990. After Gerhard's death, Frances moved to Lake Park, and later moved to Detroit Lakes. Frances entered Oak Crossing in August 2005.

Frances is survived by two sons, Dennis (Joyce) Warling and John (Luaine) Warling, both of Lake Park; nine grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; sister, Amelia Sorman of Apple Valley, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding Frances in death were her husband; parents; four brothers; three sisters; and one great grandson.

The family wishes to thank the many staff members of Oak Crossing and Hospice of the Red River Valley, who provided care for Frances.

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30 in Lake Park Lutheran Church, Lake Park, with visitation for one hour before the service. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Lake Park.

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