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Frances Young Aug. 26, 1928 – Feb. 25, 2018

February 28, 2018
Estherville News

A Celebration of Life service for Frances Young, 89, of Graettinger, will be held at

11 a.m., Thursday, March 1, 2018, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Graettinger with Pastor Chris Lang officiating. Interment will be at Valley View Cemetery, Graettinger. She passed away at Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg on Feb. 25, 2018.

Visitation will be from 5-7, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, at the Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Graettinger.

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Frances LaVonne Young, was born in Estherville, Iowa on Aug. 26, 1928, to Frank and Gladys (Iverson) Herke.

Frances attended and graduated from Graettinger High School, then briefly attended Iowa's Teacher College. She returned to Graettinger and married Norman Bortvit on Jan. 5, 1947 in Graettinger. The couple farmed together. Frances was always busy and a hard worker on the farm; she could be found driving the tractor, doing laundry, or even helping to pick rock. Sunday dinners with the extended family were a normal for the family. Norman passed away on Aug. 8, 1973. Frances continued to live on the farm.

Frances went to work at the City of Graettinger as a city clerk. On Feb. 21, 1987, she was united in marriage to Dale Young. The couple made their home on the farm and farmed together. Dale passed away on March 11, 1995.

Spending time with her children and grandchildren was a very important past time for Frances. Later in life, Frances enjoyed trips to the casino and driving her friends on outings. She enjoyed singing, playing piano, and being a part of the church choir.

Frances is survived by her children: Diana (Leo) Beschorner of Waverly, IA, Dennis (Cyndi Swingen) Bortvit of Sioux City, IA, Mary (Dwight) Johnson of Rapid City, SD, and Michael (Beth) Bortvit of Loganville, GA; six grandchildren: Zachary (Jessica) Beschorner, Dawn (Isaac) Sundberg, Ben (Kelly) Johnson, Allison (Alex) Bissen, Olivia Bortvit, and Owen Bortvit; 3 step-children: David (Peggy) Young, Doug (Pat) Young, Diane (Al) Tromblay; and a sister: Dorothy Aanonson.

Frances is preceded in death by her parents; her husbands: Norman Bortvit and Dale Young; and two grandsons: Leon Beschorner and Lucas Johnson.

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