Frances Alwin

NEW ULM – Frances Alwin, 90, of New Ulm, passed away peacefully, Monday, April 14, 2014, at her home, the Woodstone Senior Living Community.

A funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. on Friday, at the First United Methodist Church in New Ulm with Pastor JoAnne Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in the New Ulm City Cemetery.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday and 7:30-8:30 a.m. Friday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, SOUTH CHAPEL, in New Ulm and will continue for one hour prior to the time of service at the church on Friday. To leave an online condolence or to sign the guest book for her family go to

Frances is survived by her daughters, Jane (Ed) Maidl, Kate (Jay) Worth; son, Dan (Pam) Alwin; grandchildren, Dr. Kristi (Charles) Hughes, Brent Maidl, Brenna (Brian) Scanlan, Alyssa (Jeremy) Leeper, Caleb (Paula Dean) Alwin, Rachel (Jesse) Olson, Travis Worth; great-grandchildren, Amaya, Kai, Orion, and Anika Hughes, Wesley, Paisley, and Conley Scanlan, Devin and Kieran Leeper; brother-in-law, Floyd Alwin; sisters-in-law, Carol Alwin and Bea (Mrs. Lyman) Benton; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wallace “Wally” Alwin on February 15, 2011; brothers, Dr. Deane (Barb) Benton and Lyman (Milly) Benton; sister, Mary Jane (Harold) Toreen.

Frances Margaret Benton was born on October 6, 1923, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Sidney and Neva (Weigle) Benton. In 1936, she moved to Minneapolis with her family, then to New Ulm in 1940. Two years later, Francy graduated from New Ulm High School. On August 24, 1944, Frances was united in marriage to Wallace Alwin in Bath, Maine where he was stationed with the U.S. Army Air Force. After living there for eight months, Wally was deployed to Hawaii and Francy returned to New Ulm. She worked several clerking jobs and helped with bookkeeping at Alwin Electric Company. Francy and Wally loved traveling; driving in all 50 states and 9 provinces of Canada. A favorite treasure was their lake home, which they owned for 25 years near Park Rapids.

In 1961, she took her first fancy, decorated cookies to the church bazaar. Over many decades, Francy participated and encouraged others in the baking of thousands of cookies which were sold to generate contributions. The cookies are still in demand and are made each year for the bazaar at the First United Methodist Church. At church, Francy sang in the choir for over 45 years, taught Sunday school, and held several offices.

She enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, giving hundreds of handicrafts to friends and relatives. She made many teddy bears from quilts. Francy loved genealogy, reading, cooking, baking cakes, and frequently volunteered in the community. However, her greatest joy was to be with her family and friends.

Frances was a member of the First United Methodist Church in New Ulm, the United Methodist Women, the Current News Club, Brown County Historical Society, the Orient Chapter of the Eastern Star, the Shrine Auxiliary, Sioux Valley Hospital Auxiliary, Christian Women’s Club, and Prayer Circle.

Memorials are preferred to the Elevator Maintenance Fund at First United Methodist Church, First United Methodist, and the Brown County Historical Society.

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