Frances A. Connors of Carroll passed away on Friday, January 9, 2015 at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Carroll with Fr. Timothy Schott as Celebrant. Fr. Timothy Johnson, Fr. Richard Remmes, and Fr. Tom Flanagan will concelebrate the Mass. Friends may call at the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll after 4:00 P.M. on Wednesday where there will be a Rosary at 5:00 P.M. led by Fr. Remmes and a Christian Wake Service at 6:00 P.M. by St. Lawrence Parish. The casket will be moved to St. Lawrence church at 8:30 A.M. on Thursday where visitation will resume until time of service. Casket bearers will be Ron Venteicher, Matt Loneman, Bob Woodhouse, Jack Longnecker, Dr. William Blohm, Robert Olson, and Gary Fahan. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery near Milford on Thursday at 3:00 P.M.
Born in Whittemore, Iowa, she was the daughter of Martin Sr. and Catherine (Flanagan) Duffy. She grew up in Whittemore and graduated from the Presentation Academy as valedictorian of her class. She received a full ride scholarship to St. Catherine’s College in St. Paul, MN. Following college she worked for the Kossuth County Treasurers Office as assistant to the Treasurer. She was married to Earl V. Connors in Whittemore. The couple made their home in Adair and owned and operated Connors Market. They moved to Carroll in 1950 so their children could attend Catholic school. Frances owned and operated Connors’ Trading Post which was an antique store in Carroll. She was a member of St. Lawrence Parish and was active with the church guild. Frances was an avid antiques collector and she loved to play Duplicate Bridge. She was a faithful Catholic, she loved her family very much and she enjoyed entertaining friends. Frances had the Antique Shop in Arnolds Park for many years which is still in operation. She cherished the time she spent at Lake Okoboji.
Frances is survived by two daughters: Marie “Toni” Whannel and her husband Jay of Traer, Iowa, and Polly Connors of Arnolds Park; a grandson Jay Whannel Jr. and his wife Elizabeth of Cedar Rapids; two great grandsons: Connor and Austin Whannel; a son-in-law Dr. Robert Shima and his wife Lee of Sierra Madre, CA; and several nieces and nephews.
Frances was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Cae Shima, her husband Earl and her siblings.