Frances Vander Hamm, 77, of Merrill, died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003, at the Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars.
Frances Lorraine Aspleaf was born Feb. 24, 1926, at Bancroft, Neb., to Alfe and Myrtle (Floyd) Aspleaf. When she was a young child, the family moved to Sioux City, where Fran attended public schools.
Fran was united in marriage to Paul Vander Hamm on June 26, 1943, in South Sioux City, Neb. The couple had farmed near Ireton for several years. They later moved to Ireton and operated Paul and Fran's Cafe and later operated the Ireton Bowling Alley from 1965 to 1972. They moved in 1981 to Glendale, Calif., and in 1991 to St. Joseph, Mo. In 1997, they returned to Iowa and made their home in Merrill.
Fran enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and friends. She was always ready for a game of cards or bingo. She was also a very gifted bowler.
Survivors include her husband, Paul Vander Hamm of Merrill; a daughter and son-in-law, Paulette and Richard Wilkins of Merrill; a granddaughter, Toni Ranger of Merrill; three sisters, Alice Va Deer of Sioux City, Esther and her husband Kenneth Porter of Sioux City, Maye and her husband Harry Crosby of California; two special nieces, Jean and her husband Lloyd Eilts of Ireton and Shirley Stevens of Gualala, Calif.; a sister-in-law, Beverly, and her husband Jim Gaul of Sioux City; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two grandchildren, Franette Marie and Crosley Paul Ranger; three brothers, Floyd, Alvin and Robert Aspleaf; and a sister, Mary Blevins.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars, with the Rev. Larry Fett of Grace Lutheran Church officiating. The family will be present to greet friends after 10 a.m. Tuesday. Inurnment will be at a later date.
Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Siouxland, St. John's Lutheran Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund in Ireton, or Grace Lutheran Church in Le Mars.