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Fanchon Ness

January 24, 1926 June 12, 2016
Fanchon Ness
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Obituary for Fanchon Ness

Worthington, MN

Fanchon (Nystrom) Ness, age 90, died on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at the Crossroads Care Center in Worthington, MN. She was born to Walter and Mable (Edstrom-Fauskee) Nystrom. Fanchon attended grade school and high school in Worthington. She graduated in 1944 as class Valedictorian. She went into modeling as a free-lance model in the Twin Cities area. In 1947, she married Richard Ness. They had two girls, Sheila and Roxanne, and one son, Leighton, who died at the age of four months.
Fanchon was an accomplished musician on piano, piano accordion, and Spanish guitar. Even after entering a nursing home, she entertained by playing the piano for other residents. As her talent faded, she could still roll chords up and down the keyboard.
She owned and operated a large gift store (Fanchon’s Alcove) for several years before moving to Bemidji with her husband.
Fanchon loved cooking and entertaining guests. She loved her church and church circle and did much hosting for church events.
Fanchon was baptized into the Indian Lake Baptist Church, later joining the Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Worthington along with her husband and family.
She loved her family and spent much time with her girls and supported them in their activities. She loved her only grandchild – her grandson, Hunter. She did not get to know her great grandchildren, Annabelle and Gauge.
Fanchon is survived by her daughters, Sheila (Gordon) Schultz of Michigamme, MI and Roxanne (Gregory) Stephan of Wilmette, IL; her grandson, Hunter (Candice) Schultz, and great grandchildren, Annabelle and Gauge. She is also survived by her sister, Genevieve Jeppesen Mielke and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard; son, Leighton; brother, Henry Fauskee, and sister, Geneva.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 16, 2016, at 1:30 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home Chapel in Worthington, MN, with Rev. Dr. Daren Flinck officiating. Burial will be in the Indian Lake Baptist Cemetery near Worthington.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington.


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