April 9, 1935 – July 24, 2014
Frances M. Tank, 79, Minot, died Thursday, July 24, 2014, in a Minot hospital.
Frances Margaret Haley was born April 9, 1935, in Charles City, Iowa, the daughter of Leo E. and Loretta (Schneider) Haley. The family moved when she was young to a farm between Park Rapids and Menahga, Minn. She attended country school near the farm and attended to high school in Park Rapids, graduating in 1953. While attending school, she was also active in 4-H Club work, and entered bread baking and gardening projects at the county fair.
Following her high school graduation, Frances furthered her education by attending Dakota Business College in Fargo for one year. She worked as a bookkeeper for the Ford dealer in Watford City, where she met her husband, Donald Tank. Frances and Donald were united in marriage at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Park Rapids, Minn., on February 19, 1955.
Frances was known for volunteering for school and community projects, including Girl Scout Leader, a room mother, and lunchroom helper at Edison Elementary School. In later years, she was a member of Trinity Auxiliary, and worked as a volunteer at Trinity Homes and Trinity Hospital, plus Trinity Crafts. She was a member of Our Lady of Grace’s Altar Society, St. Monica’s band.
Frances was a long-time square dance club enthusiast, and was a member of Minot Merry Mixers Square Dance Club, Minot Round Dance Club, and in recent years had held several positions in the Souris Valley Dancers Club, and several offices in the North Dakota State Square Dance Club, including the office of State Historian. She had most recently held the office of Assistant Guide in the Women of the Moose. In 1997, she was awarded the Sertoma Club ‘Service to Mankind’ plaque for her volunteer efforts. Senior bowling league and aquacising were also a source of enjoyment for Frances.
Her kitchen was her castle. She loved to bake, and the results did not last long after the first taste. Her motto was, “I would rather wear out than rust out,” and this typified her outlook on life. An avid Minnesota Twins fan, she could be found watching them, win-or-lose with enthusiasm from her easy chair.
Frances was preceded in death by her mother and father, sister Patricia Riewer, and her first-born son.
Surviving relatives: her husband, Donald; sister: Mary Ann Osman, Chino Hills, Calif.; daughters, Mary (Allen) Ferhadi, Holly Springs, N.C., Lora (Peter) Friello, San Antonio, Texas, Carol (Millo) Wallace, Minot, Julie Welsch, Bismarck; sons: Donald Tank Jr., Fargo, Linus Tank, Minot, Terry Tank, Minot, Russell (Stella) Tank, Henderson, Nev., and Frank (Chandra) Tank, DuPont, Wash. She is also survived by eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial: Monday, July 28, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Minot
Visitation: Sunday, July 27, 2014, from noon until 3 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot
Vigil Prayer Service: Sunday, July 27, 2014, at 3 p.m. in Thompson-Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot
Burial: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot