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Frances Nelson

April 30, 1936 ~ January 14, 2020 (age 83)


Frances “Fran” (Rummell) Nelson, age 83, Ephrata, PA, formerly of Apollo passed away on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 while at Keystone Villas, Ephrata, PA.

The daughter of Margaret (Potts) Hagerty and Ansley Rummell, she was born 1936 in Washington Township, Indiana County. 

Fran retired from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she was employed in the Food Service Department.  Her interests included gardening, reading, and collecting tea pots and tea cups.  Fran found pleasure from traveling and spending time at the beach and especially spending time at her daughter’s farm in the mountains, which she and her husband dubbed the “Ponderosa.”  Fran loved spending time with her grandsons and their families.

Surviving is her daughter, Debra “Caylor” Popolis and her husband, Steve of Ephrata; two grandsons, Jeremy Popolis and his wife, Chaleace of Denver, Pa and Justin Popolis and his wife, Shannon of Akron, PA; seven greatgrandchildren, Bryce, Ethan, Brynne, Hannah, Talen, Hunter, and Breck; and a sister, Agnes Wells, Home.

Preceding Fran in death were her parents; husband, James “Pork Chop” Nelson; and brother, Alvin “Buddy” Rummell.

Friends will be received on Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the John A. Lefdahl Funeral Home, Indiana.  A funeral service will immediately follow in the Lefdahl Chapel with Rev. Micah McMillen, officiating.

Interment in the Concord Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Dayton, PA will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Leukemia Society.


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January 17, 2020

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
John A. Lefdahl Funeral Home
898 Old Route 119 N
Indiana, PA 15701

Funeral Service
January 17, 2020

3:00 PM
Lefdahl Chapel
898 Old Rte 119 N
Indiana , Pennsylvania 15701

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