Ione E. Frandle, age 86, of Parkers Prairie, formerly of LeSueur, died Monday, July 31, 2017, at St. William’s Living Center in Parkers Prairie.
A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 18, 2017, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie with Rev. Kirk Lee officiating.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
Ione Eldoris was born on March 29, 1931, to William and Anna (Holt) Dittberner in Miltona, Minnesota. Ione grew up on the family farm outside Parkers Prairie and helped with farm chores. In her youth, she taught Red Cross swim lessons at Lake Miltona. Ione graduated from Parkers Prairie High School in 1949. During her college years, Ione traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada, often-times hitchhiking. She graduated from St. Cloud Teachers College in 1953. Following her education, she taught Phy-Ed in LeSueur and coached the cheerleading squad. While teaching in LeSueur, Ione met Ivan Frandle, a lifelong employee and executive of Green Giant, later Pillsbury. Ione and Ivan married October 25, 1958, at Immanuel Lutheran church in Parkers Prairie. She was recruited by the LeSueur Public Schools to substitute teach Home-Economics because of her excellent cooking skills. Ione was an avid golfer and member of the LeSueur Country Club. She golfed every day the Club was open and won many golf tournaments including the senior women’s division of the Resorters in Alexandria. She was quite artistic and enjoyed gardening, arranging flowers, bird watching, and painting. She was very athletic throughout her lifetime. Ione was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and former member of the LeSueur Country Club and First Lutheran Church of LeSueur. Ione moved to Parkers Prairie ten years ago to be closer to family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ivan December 31, 1994; nephew, Scott Dittberner; and cousins.
Ione is survived by her two brothers, Ralph (Helen) Dittberner of Edina and Merle (Jackie) Dittberner of Parkers Prairie; three nephews, Ken (Lynette) Dittberner of Hinckley, Lowell (Audrey) Dittberner and John (Rhonda) Dittberner both of Parkers Prairie; two nieces, Dawn (Gene) Captain of Bertha and Cynthia (Oliver) Singleton of Minneapolis; Ivan’s nieces and nephews, Steve (Mary) Frandle, Mark (Jan) Frandle, Julie (John) Frandle, Gary (Patty) Frandle, Bruce (Karen) Frandle, Lori (Greg) Young, and Danielle Mutch; many great-nephews and great-nieces; along with many cousins.
Urnbearers are her nephews.
Memorials preferred to Lutheran Island Camp or Immanuel Lutheran Church. Ione’s family would like to thank the employees of St. William’s Living Center and Knute Nelson Hospice for their excellent care for Ione.