Frances B. Heinselman, 90, of Kenyon, Minn., formerly of Falcon Heights, died June 5 at Reflections Care Suites in Northfield due to complications from leukemia.
Frances was born on March 22, 1923, to James and Geraldine (Vogel) Brown in St. Paul. On Sept. 18, 1942, Frances married Miron “Bud” L. Heinselman. While raising her family in Grand Rapids, Minn., she was a church organist and taught piano lessons. She also accompanied her husband on many research and recreational canoe trips into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Quetico Provincial Park. She and Miron lobbied in Washington, D.C., for legislation to preserve the wilderness character of the BWCAW.
After Miron’s death in 1993, Frances and her children completed and published his book, The Boundary Waters Wilderness Ecosystem. She volunteered full-time at Langton Place (Presbyterian Homes of Roseville) for 23 years.
Frances is survived by her children, Ann (Allen) Stolee and Russell (Barbara) Heinselman; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Beverly (Orrin) Sechter.
Per her request, no services were held.