Born: Thursday, September 17, 1931
Davenport, Iowa
Died: Monday, December 9, 2013
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
82 years, 2 months, 22 days

10:00 am Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Touchmark at All Saints, Sioux Falls, SD
The Very Reverend Ward Simpson, Officiating

11:00 am Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Calvary Episcopal Cathedral, Sioux Falls, SD
The Very Reverend Ward Simpson, Officiant
The Reverend Dr. Arlene Pearsall, Deacon
Sandy DeSaix, Organist
Congregational Hymns
“The Strife is O'er”
“Lord of All Hopefulness”
“Welcome Happy Morning!”

Sioux Falls, SD – Frances L. Gundrum, 82, died Monday, December 9, 2013, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD.

A celebration of life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at Touchmark at All Saints in Sioux Falls with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at Calvary Episcopal Cathedral in Sioux Falls.

Frances Ellen Lathrop, the daughter of Willis F. and Mabel (Newell) Lathrop, was born September 17, 1931, in Davenport, IA. She graduated from Davenport High School in 1949 and went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with emphasis on the violin from Northwestern University in 1953. She was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority, Sigma Alpha Iota professional music sorority and P.E.O.

On June 14, 1954, Fran was united in marriage with the Rev. James R. Gundrum in Davenport, IA. Shortly after, the couple moved to Denison, IA when Fr. Jim was called to Trinity Episcopal Church. The couple moved to Cedar Rapids, IA in 1958, where Fr. Jim founded St. Michael’s Episcopal Church. Fran was a homemaker and raised the children. In 1969, they moved to Chariton, IA, where Fran became the organist at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and Fr. Jim served as priest. They moved to West Des Moines, IA in 1971.

Fran attended Iowa State University from 1972 to 1974, earning a Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling. She was the manager of the Temporary Help Division at Personnel, Inc. from 1974 to 1975. In 1975 she became the test validation analyst for the Board of Regents of the State of Iowa. In 1980, the family moved to Hartsdale, NY, where Fran worked as a programmer analyst for the Church Pension Fund of the Episcopal Church.

The couple moved to Sioux Falls in 1986, where Fr. Jim became the Dean of Calvary Episcopal Cathedral and Fran worked as a program tester for United Education Software. After her retirement, Fran volunteered at the Center for Active Generations, teaching computer skills to its members until fully retiring in 2008. Fran was a member of Calvary Episcopal Cathedral. She was an avid reader and enjoyed cross-stitching and solving crossword puzzles. Fran also enjoyed playing computer games, making gift cards and knitting.

Grateful for having shared her life are her three children, Cameron (Lynette) Gundrum of Sioux Falls, David (Kathleen) Gundrum of Sunland, CA, Carolyn (Lawrence) Townsend of Glendale Heights, IL; three grandchildren, Marie (Kurt) Edwards of Brandon, SD, Kathryn (Bob Deelstra) Kortlever of Hartford, SD, Jared (Katrina Eisma) Kortlever of Luverne, MN; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary L. Redeker of Seal Beach, CA; a niece, Martha (Gene) Zehnder of Seal Beach, CA; and two nephews, James (Denise) Redeker of Petaluma, CA, and Tom Redeker of Hawaii. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, the Very Reverend James R. Gundrum, D.D.; and an infant son, Stanley Meredith Gundrum.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be directed to the Siouxland Library System or the Center for Active Generations.


Born: September 17, 1931
Place of Birth: Davenport, IA
Death: December 9, 2013
Place of Death: Sioux Falls, SD


Memorial Service

Tuesday December 31, 2013, 10:00 am at Touchmark at All Saints
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Memorial Service

Tuesday December 31, 2013, 11:00 am at Calvary Episcopal Cathedral
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Memorial donations may be made to:
Siouxland Library System
Center for Active Generations