By HDN staff
Madison, Wis. -- Frances Delores (Duerst) Phalen, 63, of Madison, Wis., died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000. She died from a sudden accident while visiting her daughter in Akron, Ohio.
Funeral services were today at Bethany Evangelical Free Church, 301 Riverside Drive, Madison, Wis. with Dr. Terry Morrison presiding. Burial will be in Highland Memory Gardens.
Phalen was born on May 15, 1936 to Fred and Violette Duerst.
Phalen graduated from Trinity college with a B.S. degree in education and worked for the Madison Public Schools for nearly 20 years. In 1991, she began working for the Dane County Department of Social Services as an Adult Foster Care Provider. She was employed part-time at Ella's Deli for 21 years. Phalen was a diligent and hard worker, who believed in living a life of simplicity. Madison, Wis. was her home.
She had been married for 29 years to Jim Phalen of Ekalaka. She resided on the eastside and continued to live in the home where she had reared her family.
She was a member of the Evangelical Free Church for over 40 years and recently attended Grace Evangelical Church.
Phalen was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by daughters, Mary Phalen of Havre, and Sue Lindsey of Akron, Ohio; her twin brother Fred Duerst of Monona, brother Jerry of Stoughton; sister, Debbie Parks of Cottage Grove; three grandchildren, Alexandria, Ariana and Zachary, and many nieces, nephews, relatives and close friend and neighbor Arlene Hall.
Memorials may be made to the Grace Evangelical Church Building Fund or Adult Family Home Provider of the Year Award.