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Frances G. Thielen


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Thielen, Frances G.

Frances G. Thielen, of El Monte, CA. passed away January 13, 2018 at the age of 106 at St. Jude's Elder Care in San Dimas, where she had been a resident for the past 2 years. Frances was born on May 24, 1911 in Dorrance, KS to Joseph and Laura McDowell. She had four brothers and 6 sisters, one of whom died as an infant. When Frances was six her parents and the five youngest children moved from Lincoln, NE to South Dakota where her father staked claim to a homestead. From this setting she attended country schools until she was 17. She married Larry Thielen and the couple made their home in the southern Black Hills, eventually moving to Deadwood, then to Lead. They had 7 children: five daughters; Barbara, Mary, Rita, Carolle, and Joan; and two sons; Larry Dennis and John Roger. The family relocated to California in 1950 and settled in El Monte. Frances loved life to the fullest and enjoyed her family which expanded to over 100 grandchildren and great grandchildren. While never taking lessons, her musical talent had her playing the piano almost daily up to the last few months. Her laughter and joy were contagious. Frances was a member of Nativity Catholic Church in El Monte. She was preceded in death by her husband Larry, her daughter, Barbara, and her sons, Larry and John. Frances is the last of her generation and will be greatly missed. Visitation and Rosary will be held Thursday, January 25 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Nativity Church in El Monte. Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, January 27 at 10:30 am at Nativity Church.
Published in San Gabriel Valley Tribune on Jan. 25, 2018
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