Frances Jane Sandager, 101, Hills, died Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at the Tuff Memorial Home in Hills.
A funeral service was Saturday, April 7, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Hills. Burial followed at Flowerfield cemetery near Hills.
Frances Cragoe was born Oct. 5, 1916, to Sidney and Estella Mae (Bennett) Cragoe in Rock County. Fran grew up in the Beaver Creek area and graduated from Beaver Creek High School. Her sister Donna Mae and brother Randall passed away at an early age. Fran attended Normal teacher’s college in Luverne and taught in a country school for three years. She then attended Mankato State College and taught in Garden City for two years.
She married Victor Sandager on Aug. 20, 1942, and they farmed in the Hills area. Fran's life of 101 years was blessed by her teaching profession and her family. She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School, sang in the choir and was active in Bible studies and women’s circle. She taught sixth grade at a mission school while serving a volunteer year in New Guinea with Vic and her family. She enjoyed participating in the Norse Glee Club Auxiliary and served on the Southwest Minnesota District Board of the American Lutheran Church. Her travel to many places and hosting exchange students from around the world provided unique and memorable experiences. She was passionate about her family and friends.
Fran is survived by her children John (Julie) Sandager of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Mark (Karen) Sandager of Hills, Jane (Daryl) Schubert of Mitchell, South Dakota, and James (Louisa) Sandager of West Des Moines, Iowa; a foster son, Edward (Linda) Hartog of Sacramento, California; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a stepbrother, Ron (Barb) Cragoe of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; brothers and sisters in-law, Sheldon Sandager of Hills, Lee (Betty) Sandager of Marine on St. Croix, Anita Johnson of Wayzata; numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family members.
Fran was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Victor; a son, David at age 14; a brother, Randall; a sister, Donna Mae; her stepmother and friend Eva Cragoe; brothers and sisters in-law Bob and Lenore Hansen, Henry and Leona Goehle, Merle and Marie Muckala, Elnora Sandager, Paul Sandager, Harold Johnson; and special friends Howard and Carolyn Crawford.
Memorials are preferred to Lutheran World Relief or Global Health Ministries.
Arrangements were provided by Jurrens Funeral Home of Hills, jurrensfuneralhome.com