Frances Bierman November 8, 1934-January 25, 2024

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Frances Bierman, age 89, passed away on Jan. 25, 2024, at Divine Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Lodi, WI.  Fran was born on Nov. 8, 1934, in Prairie du Chien, WI.  She was the second child born to Frank Peter and Margaret Josephine (Panka) Pintz.  Fran grew up on the family farm with two sisters and a brother and held a life-long love of farming and the land.

In 1952, Fran graduated valedictorian with high honors from Seneca High School where she participated in many activities such as glee club, band, volleyball, FHA state officer, school newspaper, student council president and forensics.   After graduation, Fran worked for General Telephone as an operator and eventually chief operator and trainer.

In 1961, Fran married Lyle Bierman in Eastman, WI at St. Wenceslaus Church.  In 1964, they had their son David and moved to Sauk City, WI in 1966.  Fran worked at Sauk Prairie High School as the Audio Visual Coordinator until she left that position to complete her education at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  Fran graduated with high honors from the UW in 1983 with a degree in Agriculture Journalism, having been mentored by Wisconsin’s own author, Jerry Apps.  Fran remained an avid fan of Mr. App and collected many of his books that she often shared with family and friends.  Fran was a member of the UW-Madison Association of Women in Agriculture.  

Fran worked as the Communications Director for several organizations during her career that included the American Dairy Association and the Transportation Development Association.  She retired from the Society of Non-profit Organizations in 1996.  She published many works and won various awards through her time with these organizations for her writing and creativity.

Frances was a community volunteer who was involved in all manner of school activities from bake sales to PTO leadership.  She loved fishing and the outdoors and was an inaugural member of the Eagle Valley Society that was focused on saving bald eagle habitat.  She was a key member of the Badger Steam and Gas Engine Club producing many decades worth of program books for their annual engine show. Her years of service to the community benefitted many schools, local clubs and organizations in the Sauk City area.

Frances is survived by her loving son, David J Bierman and his wife, Beth (Sluys) (Madison, WI); her sister Margaret Bietelspacher (Prairie du Chien, WI); nephew, Scott Wilkins and family (Colfax, IA); niece, Judy Murphy (Prairie du Chien, WI) and grandnephew, Matthew Murphy (DeForest, WI); her sister-in-law, Darlene (Bierman) and husband Jim Gerke (LaCrosse, WI); and many cousins, nieces and nephews and their families.

Frances was preceded in death by her loving husband of 46 years Lyle Nikolas Bierman; her parents; father and mother-in-law Walter and Margaret (Schollmayer) Bierman; sister Marylou Murphy; niece Leslie Wilkins; brother Frank J Pintz;

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2024 at Hooverson Funeral Home in Sauk City, WI.  Visitation will be held at 11 a.m. with a memorial service to follow at noon.

Memorials can be made in memory of Fran Bierman to the Raptor Education Group, Inc. (N2160 W Rollwood Road, Antigo, WI  54409

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