Frances “Fran” L. McBroom, age 94, a resident of Siren died on August 21, 2013 after a short illness. Fran was born on a farm in Milltown Township on November 17, 1918 to Martin and Alma Christensen. She grew up in Milltown, attending grade school there and graduating from Milltown High School Class of 1936. She then attended Minneapolis Business College where she took a secretarial course.
On August 24, 1941 Fran married Harold C. McBroom at the Milltown Lutheran Church, the church she had been baptized and confirmed in. In 1938, Fran accepted a position as a secretary for J.E. Spangberg Real Estate and Insurance. She then took a position with Burnett County Local Board #7, Selective Service System as an Executive Secretary. In 1942 Harold enlisted in the US Navy Seabees and while stationed in California Fran spent several months there with him. When he was shipped to the South Pacific she went to Seattle, Washington where she worked in an office at Boeing Aircraft. In the fall of 1945, Harold was discharged and they returned to Siren. Their sons Douglas and Brian were born in 1946 and 1949.
In 1949 Fran became the organist at Bethany Lutheran Church a position that lasted 60 plus years. In 1952 she again took the position as Executive Secretary of the Burnett County Selective Service Board and retired after 20 years of service. Harold retired and they bought property in McAllen, Texas where they spent 18 winters.
Fran was preceded in death by her husband Harold in 1994; her parents; infant brother Willard and brother Ray.
She will be sadly missed by her sons Douglas (Lisa) McBroom, Brian (Carol) McBroom; her 5 granddaughters Rhonda (Jeff) Miller, Janna (Randy) Lindblad, Shawn (Tim) Curtis, Mika and Bryn; 11 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; along with other relatives and many dear friends.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 25, 2013 from 4-7 PM at Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Siren Chapel.
Funeral service will be held on Monday, August 26, 2013 at 11:00 AM (visitation 10-11 AM) at Bethany Lutheran Church in Siren with Pastor Paul Peterson officiating. Music will be provided by Pat Taylor and Myrna Gardin. Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Siren. Pallbearers will be Tim Curtis, Jeff Miller, Randy Lindblad, David Christensen, Roger Nielsen, and Larry Harwood.
Online condolences can be made at www.swedberg-taylor.com. Arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Siren.