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Frank Undesser Sept. 8, 1928 - April 24, 2013

Frank Undesser Sept. 8, 1928 - April 24, 2013

BIRD ISLAND - Frank Undesser, age 84, of Bird Island, died Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at the Renville County Hospital in Olivia. Mass of Christian Burial is Monday 1:15 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bird Island with Rev. George Schmit as celebrant. Visitation is Sunday 4-7 p.m. at Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Bird Island with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Visitation continues Monday at the funeral home from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.

Frank Joseph Undesser was born September 8, 1928 at Renville, MN, to Frank Sr. and Beatrice (Hagen) Undesser. He grew up at Renville and in 1942 the family moved to Bird Island where he graduated from the Bird Island High School. Frank attended Dunwoody Institute to study Linotype. On June 14, 1949 he married Joan Ploof at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bird Island and they were blessed with eight children. Frank served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict era being stationed in Alabama and Oklahoma. After his discharge he returned to Bird Island and was employed at the West Central Tribune in Willmar. Frank purchased the Ninow Insurance Agency in Bird Island which he operated for several years. Later he opened and operated the Print Shop in Olivia. Frank finished his career as an insurance agent for Horace Mann Insurance Agency. Frank was a faithful member of St. Mary's Catholic Church where he was a choir member, a song leader, a Lector and an Eucharistic Minister. Frank was very community minded including being a member of the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, the Lions, a past president of the Bird Island C & C, board director for Olivia C & C, and board director for the Bird Island United Way. He had enjoyed gardening, golfing, fishing, following sports and especially family time.

Frank is survived by his wife Joan Undesser of Bird Island, his eight children: Charlotte (Allan) Bogenschutz of Seattle, WA, Marshall Undesser of Olivia, Mark Undesser of Hutchinson, Julie (and Marty) Chamberlain of Olivia, Mary Ann (and Jeff) Thole of Olivia, Michael (and Kellie) Undesser of Phoenix, AZ, Thomas Undesser (and special friend Robbi) of Maple Grove, and Tracy (Tom) Neubauer of Bird Island; his 16 grandchildren; his 13 great-grandchildren; and his brother Dean (and Lee) Undesser of Zimmerman. Frank was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter-in-law Teresa Undesser.

Dirks-Blem Funeral Service, Olivia, MN

(320) 523-1102