February 18, 1939 - October 11, 2016


Marion Frank, age 77 of Cambridge, formerly of Princeton, died on October 11, 2016 after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Marion Mable Carlson was born February 18, 1939 to Clarence, Sr. and Wilhelmina (Dey) Carlson in Milaca, Minnesota. Marion and her 12 siblings grew up in the Milaca and Ogilvie area and she attended Ogilvie Country School.

Marion fell in love and married LeRoy Frank on October 24, 1958. They made their home in Blue Hill and in 1963 bought some property on Green Lake. A loving wife, mother to Kathy, Sandy, Sonny and Vicky, and grandma, Marion loved to travel, garden, sew clothing for her children, and was known for her “green thumb.” She brought many plants back to life after others had given up on them. She also enjoyed helping her neighbors when they went out of town by feeding the birds, dogs and squirrels by hand.

Family Fourth of July parties on the lake, boat rides, snowmobiling and camping were just some of her children’s favorite memories with their mom. She was a great cook, baking apple and pumpkin pies to treat her family. Her children will especially miss her turkey stuffing, deviled eggs and famous potato salad.

A diligent employee for nearly 35 years, Marion was loyal to the Minnesota State Hospital in Cambridge. She was a creative soul, great at problem solving and notorious for her practical jokes. She and LeRoy enjoyed playing Rummy 500 and Marion liked going to casinos. Marion had planned to go to the casino with her family one last time on the day of her death.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, LeRoy; her siblings, Clarence Jr., Dean, and Paul; her sisters and brothers-in-law, Lou Carlson, Betty Carlson, Larry Schmidt, and Gene Hines; LeRoy’s parents, George “Happy” and Irene “Ma” Frank.

Marion will be deeply missed by her 4 children; Kathy (Tom) Howard, Sandy (Tim) Burton, Sonny Frank, and Vicky (Tom) Zinniel; her grandchildren, Stan Howard, Tina (Mitch) Ballman, Corissa (Josh Dwyer) Burton, Anna (Jared Fisher) Burton, Douglas, Nicholas, and Steven Zinniel; her great-grandchildren, Chester, Owen, Brittany, River and Stormy; her siblings, Roy Carlson, Floyd Carlson, Audrey Hines, Susan Schmidt, David (Sue) Carlson, Jeanette (Jon) Cramsie, Margaret (Roger) Girard, Barbara (Gregg) Weisner, and Tim (Sue) Carlson; a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Marion’s Life will be held at 2PM on Friday, October 14, 2016 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Princeton. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. A private burial will be held at a later date.

Marion’s family would like to thank Allina Home Care and Hospice for their care of their mother. They would also like to thank Rosewood Senior Living for opening their home and taking such good care of Marion and her family at their time of need.