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Joan Frank

Joan Frank

Joan Frank, 81, of Redwood Falls joined her Savior on Thursday, August 21, 2014 from Park-Nicollet Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 25, 2014 from St. Catherines Catholic Church in Redwood Falls with burial of cremains to follow in Calvary Cemetery, Morton. Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 24, 2014, from 5 until 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m., all at St. Catherines Catholic Church in Redwood Falls. Visitation will continue on Monday at the church for one hour prior to services.

The family requests memorials be directed to Service Enterprises, Inc., P.O. Box 248, Redwood Falls, MN 56283.

Arrangements are with Nelson-Martin Funeral Service of Redwood Falls. E-mail condolences may be sent via

Joan Frank, the daughter of Patrick and Hattie (Ecker) Keaveny, was born May 5, 1933 in Morton. She graduated from Morton High School where she was active in the band playing saxophone. Joan then worked for Northwestern Bell as a telephone operator.

Joan married Bernard Frank in 1956. For many years she worked with her husband Bernie operating their farming operation. In 1992, she started working for Jackpot Junction Casino in their marketing department. She loved her time with Jackpot Junction and her various positions. She thrived throughout her time with Jackpot and made many, many friends.

Joan's legacy is her work with the Association of the Mentally Retarded (ARC) and her trailblazing work with special education. She spent much of her life fighting for the rights of those less fortunate and their ability to become productive members of society. Through her efforts at mainstreaming the mentally retarded into the public school system, she helped develop the framework of today's special education.

Joan enjoyed relaxing at Green Lake, her kids and grandkids and mostly just being around people. Whether it be playing cards, coffeeing with her friends or just visiting with the young people, Joan always had a great sense of humor and good wisdom to add to the conversation. Above all, Joan taught her family the meaning of sacrifice. She taught her children by her example of taking care of the less fortunate and those who couldn't take care of themselves.

Joan is survived by her husband, Bernard Frank of Redwood Falls; and children Paul (Deb) Frank of Redwood Falls, Joe (friend Lori) Frank of Prior Lake, Mark (Cindy) Frank of Benson, Beth (Steve) Riebel of Ramsey, Shawn Frank of Battle Lake, Maria Frank of Redwood Falls, and Andrew (Brandee) Frank of Shakopee; grandchildren Nicholas Frank, Joshua Frank, Shelby Frank, Brittany Frank, Courtney Frank, Anthony Frank, Anna Riebel, Maxwell Riebel, Peyton Riebel, Sophia Riebel, Taylor Frank, Kelsey Frank, Carter Frank, Josie Frank, Gracie Frank, and Hattie Frank; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her daughter Sandy Frank; her sisters Mary (Keaveny) Johanneck, Harriet (Keaveny) Schroeder, and Helen Keaveny; her brothers William Keaveny and Arthur Keaveny; and many sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

Blessed be her memory.