Frances Aune


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(Fran) Friestad was born in Noltimier Township on March 6, 1932 to Gilbert and Olga Hagen Friestad. She passed away on November 25, 2017 at Banner Desert Hospital after suffering a brain hemorrhage.

Anyone who knew Fran, knew her passion was baking. You never left her home without having a baked good. Fran loved the color purple, anything that had bling and bingo. Many of us have one of her quilts for warmth in our home. Fran loved her grandchildren and especially holding the new great grand-babies, dancing, playing cards and a good cup of coffee.

Fran was baptized in the Lutheran faith. Fran attended grade and high school at Noltimier Consolidated School. Following graduation in 1950, she was employed at North Dakota State Highway Department for 31 years.

Fran was united in marriage to William (Bill) Winkler on January 8, 1955. They had one son, William Dale Winkler. Fran and Bill moved to Valley City in 1985, after retiring from farming in the Oriska community. Bill passed away in July 2004.

Fran married Andrew Aune on Dec 21, 2007 in Valley City, North Dakota. Fran and Andy moved to Mesa, AZ in August of 2016. This summer Fran learned how to play shuffle board.

Fran is survived by her husband, Andy; son, William; step daughters, Teri Aune (Sharon Determan) and Deb (Al) Wacha; grandchildren, William Ross Winkler and Hayley (Codey) Jensen; step grandchildren, Erica (Brian) Eggers, Michelle Wacha, Joshua (JoEllen) Nathan, Kimberly Wacha, Daniel (Sara) Wacha and Amber (Carl) Pederson; great-grandchildren, Kaydene and Emmett; step great-grandchildren, William, Michaella, Taylor, Jayden, Nora, Britta, Nolan, Audrey, Brynn, Harper, Rowan, Grayson, Liam and Andrew.

Fran is preceded in death by her first husband, William; her parents; step son, Michael; brother, Odd; and sisters, Carrie, Marit, Irene and Hazel.

Services will be held in the spring in Valley City, North Dakota.

Cards of condolences can be sent to Andrew Aune, 2929 East Main St. #272, Mesa, AZ 85213.

Lerud-Schuldt-Mathias Funeral Home in Valley City, ND is assisting the family with arrangements. An online guestbook is available at

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