Frances (Fran) Mary Pinther (Arimond) was born in Duluth, Minnesota, July 12, 1926 and went to be with her Lord January 27, 2017. She was a resident of & cared for by the devoted and angelic staff of the Franciscan Health Center (FHC) at the time of her passing.
Fran graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in music. She taught music at the grade school level in both Spokane, WA & in Pine City, MN before returning to Duluth. Fran was united in marriage to Don Pinther on June 6, 1953. Fran and Don had four children. She was a stay at home mom whose focus and commitment was her children's wellbeing. She sewed clothes, knit accessories and Afghans, cooked meals, and insisted on the family eating at least one meal together every day. Her devotion included rising early each morning to make bag lunches for her children, or staying up all night to type school reports for them on a manual typewriter. She loved her grandchildren, and kept track of all their birthdays. Fran taught piano out of her home for many years and some of her students went on to become professionals in the recording industry. Fran led many a family reunion by playing the piano while her family sang around her. Fran also served as choir director at St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Hermantown. Fran and Don were married 63 years. Don visited her daily at FHC where she resided for the last 6 months of her life as well as Diamond Willow in Proctor, MN for several years.
Fran is preceded in death by her parents, George and Margaret Arimond; brothers, Raymond and William Arimond; and sister, Kathryn Blankush.
Fran is survived by sister, Margaret Bujold of St. Paul; brother, Father Vincent Arimond of Duluth; husband, Don Pinther of Duluth; daughter, Cathy Bagne (Thomas) of Minneapolis; son, Gregory (Tracy) Pinther of Superior; daughter, Paulette (Gary) Mattson of Bloomington; son, Mark (Laurie) Pinther of Duluth; grandchildren, Jens Pinther, Allison Pinther, Sarah Mattson, Amanda Mattson, Elena Bagne, Hannah Pinther; and many nieces and nephews.
Wake: Friday Feb 3, 2017 5pm to 7pm with 630pm prayer service at funeral home.
Service:11a.m. Saturday Feb. 4, 2017 with a visitation one hour prior to service. St. Raphael's Catholic Church, 5779 Seville Rd, Hermantown, MN 55811. (218) 729-7537. In lieu of flowers, the family has set up a gofundme page, http://tinyurl.com/z6qmhyt, to help with her funeral expenses.
Arrangements made by Williams Lobermeier Boettcher Funeral Home, 3208 W. 3rd Street Duluth, MN 55806 218-624-1059