Frances M. Shepel, 93, of Ely, dies

Frances Marie (Prosen) Shepel, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother left this world on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015 with her loving family at her bedside.
Fran was a lifelong resident of Ely and member of St. Anthony’s Parish. She was born on April 5, 1922 to Frank and Mary (Skerbenc) Prosen in Ely and was married at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church on June 28, 1941.
Fran was preceded in death by her husband Frank in 2002 after 62 years of a loving marriage; her parents Frank and Mary, sister Mary (Dick) Sustercich and brother Frank (Sinky) Prosen.
Fran will be greatly missed by her children: Barbara (Ron) Omerza of Ely, MN; Larry (Mary Ann) Shepel of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Janice (Jerry) Skala of Iron, MN and Franklin (Joan) Shepel of Casa Grande, AZ. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Fran enjoyed all things Slovenian including supporting the Ely Slovenian Choir directed by her husband Frank, making poticas and strudels and passing that heritage onto the family. Their cabin and friends at Eagles Nest Lake were also much beloved.
Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, Sept. 28 at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour earlier at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely.
Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.