Frances "Fran" M. Caulfield of Fargo, ND passed away Thursday, July 21, 2011, at Rosewood on Broadway, at the age of 89.  During her last days, her husband of 64 years, her children and grandchildren were at her side.

Frances May Yochem was born to Amos and Frances Elizabeth (Holder) Yochem on May 4, 1922 on a farm near McClelland, IA, the fourth of eight children.

At the age of 22, Fran joined the WACS during World War II, serving for four years.  While stationed at Camp Kilmer, NJ, she met her husband Gerald "Jerry" Caulfield.  They were married in the base chapel on October 4, 1946.  During the thirty years Jerry served in the Army, the family moved around the world, being stationed in Japan, Kansas, Georgia and Germany before settling in Fargo, ND in 1963.  It was here they raised their five children.

Fran had many interests.  She was an avid gardener and bird watcher.  A skilled seamstress, she made her own clothes and many of her children's clothing, including her daughter Pat's wedding dress.  Loving the world of books and children, she enjoyed volunteering for over thirty years at the Holy Spirit School library.  She also spent many hours volunteering at Holy Spirit Church where she and Jerry have been members for 48 years.

She is survived by her husband and five children:  Jerry, of Fargo; Patricia (Leonard) Kotta of Fargo; Matthew of Moorhead, MN; David of Hugo, MN; Steven (Lisa) of Burnsville, MN; by her twelve grandchildren: Jonathan and Janelle Kotta; Caitlin, Michael, Kenneth and Cara Caulfield; Nicole and Ashley Deyo; Dallas, Joseph, Logan and Andrew Caulfield; and by two brothers: Don Yochem of Fairbanks, AK and Gene (Karen) Yochem of Olympia, WA.  She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and her sister.

Fran's family would like to thank the staff at Rosewood on Broadway.  The family would also like to express their thanks to Hospice of the Red River Valley.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to the library at Holy Spirit Elementary School, 1441 8th St N, Fargo, ND 58102 or to Hospice of the Red River Valley, 1701 38th St S, Ste 101, Fargo, ND 58103.

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