By HDN Staff
LAKESIDE Frances Leone (Freeland) Tempel, 78, died peacefully in her sleep at her Lakeside residence on the early morning of Friday, Oct. 20, 2000.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. today at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Joplin with burial at the Joplin Cemetery.
Tempel was born at Hatton, N.D. on Feb. 3, 1922. She was the youngest of three children born to Leon & Stena (Hawkinson) Freeland. Her family moved to Joplin when she was an infant. Leone grew up and received her education at Joplin and she graduated from Joplin High School in 1940. In the few years that followed, she worked at the Buttrey store in Havre and the grocery store in Joplin.
Tempel married John F. Tempel on Feb. 14, 1946 at Shelby. They made their home on the Tempel farm north of Joplin for more than 30 years. She worked as a farmwife, homemaker, and mother to seven children. When the Tempel's retired from farming in 1978, they moved to their lake home on Flathead Lake. They lived there until 1996, then moved to Lakeside where they purchased a home with a small orchard. In addition, they traveled to Apache Junction, Arizona during the winter months every year since 1986. She enjoyed the social life with the other retirees in the trailer park there.
Tempel attended church at the Immanuel, Bethel, and Eidsvold Lutheran Parishes. She maintained her membership at Immanuel Church north of Joplin, where she served as a Sunday School and Bible School teacher for many years. She was also a lifelong member of the Chester VFW Auxiliary.
Her hobbies were gardening, cooking, baking, reading romance novels, watching television, and collecting rocks and coins. She loved to play cards, especially rummy and pan. She also enjoyed camping and traveling in their motorhome.
She served as a Cub Scout Den Mother when her sons were young and never missed a school function. She crocheted afghans for all of her children and grandchildren. She loved family gatherings, especially at the lake.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Charles, and her sister Thelma Anderson.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, John of Lakeside; sons, Butch and Tim, both of Joplin, Rod of Libby, and Scott of Missoula; daughters Linda Moore of Butte, Dolores Cicon of Chester, and Joan Thompson of Anchorage, Alaska; 16 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials will be given to the Lakeside Quick Response Unit, the Liberty County Hospital in Chester, the Joplin Memorial Park, or donor's choice.
Arrangements by Rockman Funeral Chapel, Chester.