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Franklin Anselmo

June 5, 1940 — February 3, 2023

Bigfork, MN

Franklin D. Anselmo, 82, longtime resident of Bigfork, MN died Friday, February 3, 2023, at Solvay Hospice House in Duluth, MN.  He was born June 5, 1940 to Frank and Agnes (Apitz) Anselmo in Grand Rapids, MN.  Frank grew up in Keewatin, MN. After high school Frank went on to achieve a master’s degree in Education.  He was employed as a schoolteacher and eventually principal for ISD 318 throughout his illustrious career.  He married Noreen (Dominichetti) Anselmo on November 30, 1963.  Together they raised a wonderful family of 7 children.  Frank was a member of Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church in Bigfork, MN, also Bigfork Lions Club for 40 plus years, Swampsiders Snowmobile Club, and Minnesota Deer Hunters Association.  He was a firearms safety instructor for 30 plus years.  He was notably an author of a series of books, a painter, but most of all, his greatest accomplishment was his family, especially his grandchildren.  He enjoyed the outdoors, deer hunting, duck hunting and was an avid fisherman.

Frank is survived by his wife, Noreen Anselmo, Bigfork, MN, his seven children, John (Sonya) Anselmo, Warroad, MN, Gregory “Moe” (Kimberly Powell) Anselmo, Bigfork, MN, Annemarie Anselmo-Kobal, Bigfork, MN, Michelle (Randy) Patten, Northome, MN, Gino (Sandra) Anselmo, Bigfork, MN, Aimee (Mike) Rahier, Bigfork, MN, and Carissa (Adam) Anselmo-Radel, Nashwauk, MN, sister, Joy Haugen, Balsam, MN, sister-in-law, Jennifer (Dick) Sackett, Grand Rapids, MN, 19 beloved grandchildren, Jaymie, Michael, Jared, Nicholas, Jayden, Gianna, Anthony, Patrick, Rhyley, Joseph, Desiree`, Christopher, Victor, Jack, Daniel, Gabrielle, Rowen, Frankie, and Lucia, one great-grandchild, Silas with 2 more on the way, along with his nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Agnes, and sister, Margaret “Chi Chi” Sinclair.

Funeral services for Frank will be 12:00 pm, Saturday, February 11, 2023 at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church.  The Rev. Fr. Jeremy Bock will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial.  Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the noon Mass at the church on Saturday.  A private family interment is planned for Spring.  The family would like any flowers ordered from Timber Rose Floral and Gifts, 218-743-6315, 202 Main Avenue, Bigfork, MN, 56628.  Arrangements are with the Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing.

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Visitation

Saturday, February 11, 2023

10:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church

320 Golf Course Ln, Bigfork, MN 56628

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Mass of Christian Burial

Saturday, February 11, 2023

Starts at 12:00 pm (Central time)

Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church

320 Golf Course Ln, Bigfork, MN 56628

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