Frances A. “Nell” Maschmann, age 87 of Brooklyn, Iowa, died Friday, May 20, 2016 at Brooklyn Community Estate, in Brooklyn. Memorial Service: 1:00 P.M. Monday, May 23, 2016, Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn with Rev. Brent de Silva officiating. Inurnment will be in Harmony Cemetery, rural Brooklyn. The family will receive friends from noon Monday until service time at the church. A memorial fund has been established. Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn is assisting the family with arrangements.
Frances is survived by her son Jim Maschmann (Hettie Ann) of Deep River, three daughters, Anita Allen (Patrick) of Deep River, Patricia Pefferman (Thomas) of Bella Vista, AR, and Fay Maschmann (Ace Morales) of Grinnell; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Billings, Erin Averkamp, Brad Thomas Pefferman, Cheyenne Marie Morales, Jamie Lee Maschmann-Allen, Zane Eric Maschmann, and Michelle Connolly and thirteen great grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, Richard Hawkins (Melba) of Santa Maria, CA and Clarence Hawkins (Luanna) of Vinton, and a sister Betty Kopf of Marengo. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bud in 2008, a brother Raymond, and sisters Florence Tinkle, Beatrice DeLung, and Helen Brown.
Frances Arlene Hawkins, was born July 15, 1928, near Ladora, Iowa, the daughter of Joseph and Blanche Wendell Hawkins. She received her education in the Marengo schools and married Henry “Bud” Maschmann, Jr. in January 1945. Nell was a loving wife and mother who loved to can, cook and care for her family. She was very proud that she could work alongside her husband on the family farm. She took in the sick baby animals and nursed them back to health using her kitchen as a nursery. She also enjoyed playing cards and watching the trains go by when visiting Chelsea and Belle Plaine. While living at Brooklyn Estate, she was often found watching the many birds at her bird feeder. She cherished spending time with her family and especially loved her grand and great grandchildren.