Frank James Zoelle


Zoelle, Frank_boxNovember 28, 1941 ~ November 24, 2015

Frank J. Zoelle, 73, Sioux Falls, formerly of Brandon, died Tuesday, November 24, 2015, at the Dougherty Hospice Home in Sioux Falls.

Due to the weather predicted for Monday, November 30, 2015, the Celebration of Life is being postponed until Wednesday, December 2, 2015, at the same time.
There will be a Celebration of Life for family and visitors from 5PM – 7PM, a short prayer services will be at 7PM – Wednesday, December 2, 2015, at Heartland Funeral Home. A private family service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Dougherty Hospice Home in Sioux Falls.

Frank James Zoelle was born November 28, 1941, to Frank B and Helen (Avery) Zoelle in Minneapolis, MN. He went to school there until he was in the eighth grade when his family moved to Farmington, MN, where Frank graduated from high school. Frank went on to Winona St. College to graduate with a Bachelors of Business. On October 10, 1964, Frank married the love of his life, Mary Anne Schulz in Farmington. The couple moved to Brandon, SD where they resided for many years. Frank worked as a Claims Adjustor and then as a Regional Manager Claims Adjuster for the next thirty plus years, until his retirement.

Frank was an outdoorsman and truly loved to spend all of his spare time outside fishing, hunting, and snow skiing. Many of the family memories center around summers at their Long Lake, lake-cabin near Park Rapids MN, their trips to the Kona Village in Hawaii, winter ski trips to Aspen, fishing trips to Canada, and numerous pheasant, deer, and antelope trips together. He loved his family and nothing brought more pride to him than being together and observing their accomplishments.

Frank will be deeply missed by his wife of 51 years, Mary Anne; four children, Tony (Sara), Sheldon, IA, Kelly, Nathan, and Heather (Chaun) Brison, all of Sioux Falls; six grandchildren, Taylor, Kelsey, Alex, Maddison, Rogan, and Rylie; and one brother, David, of Brookings.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents.

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  • Ivan and Kathy Buskol says:

    Our sympathies go out to Mary Ann and family. So sorry to hear this. He was a great man and the bet supervisor I ever worked for!

  • Jake and Judy Jacobs says:

    We were so sad to hear about Frank’s passing. Mary Anne, Heather, Chaun, and family, you have our thoughts, prayers, and sympathy.

  • Earlene Erickson Larson says:

    So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to your family.

  • Pete & Mary Lintala says:

    Frank was the first person I met in Sioux Falls in 78. Was a pleasure to work in the same office. Our sympathy to all his family.

  • Rosalie Bechen says:

    Mary Anne & Family,
    Sorry for your loss, you are in my prayers.

  • Patty Haak says:

    Our thoughts & prayers in the loss of Frank. Always enjoyed visiting with him.
    With Sincere Sympathy,
    Mick VandenBosch, Laura Pruett & Patty Haak

  • Mike and Masako Gould says:

    Mary Anne and family. You are in our thoughts and prayers as we celebrate Frank’s life and mourn his passing.🙏🏻🙏🏻

  • Lisa Carlson (Hildebrandt) says:

    We are so saddened for the Zoelle family. Frank and MaryAnn were so generous, always sharing their home and with their family and friends. To be in their company was always a delight, warm and welcoming.

  • Nichole Gjoraas says:

    Sorry for your loss! Prayers your way!

  • Jim Peschong says:

    I met Frank when he was a young adjuster for AF in the late 60’s or early 70’s as I also was a claims adjuster for another company. Frank and I became friends as we handled the same area. Various claims people used to get together monthly to play cards and I always enjoyed Frank’s company. Although we parted company in 1978 as I was promoted and moved to a different state I often thought of the many good times I enjoyed with Frank. Our prayers go out to him. Jim and Barb Peschong

  • Judy Pease/Tom Brinkman says:

    Tom and I send our deepest condolences to you, Mary Anne, and to your entire family. We hold dear our very precious memories of sharing the FHS class of ’59 with Frank.

  • Lois and Albert Aronovitz says:

    Nate and family we are so very sorry for your loss. I’ve heard so many wonderful stories about your Dad and know how important he was to you. Thank you for your friendship to our family through the good and the tough times. God be with you.

  • Eileen Stephenson says:

    Very saddened to hear of the world’s loss. There weren’t any like Frank Zoelle. He was his own person inside and out, always walked the paths of nature with respect and love. A sportsman he was, but always a gentleman in everyway. You will never find another person who loved his wife with the unending love and respect that he had for MaryAnne. They lived life to the fullest and never took each other for granted. His actions were always kind, caring, and supportive with all the others in his life. He shared his time and his thoughts, his poetry, and his wit with all of those who came into his life. There is a very special place in heaven for Frank Zoelle. You will be missed Frank, but never ever forgotten. I have been blessed just knowing you.

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