Francis Berreau was born on May 13, 1937, in Brewster, MN to the late Rudolph and Margaret (Schreiber) Berreau. He was baptized and later confirmed at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Brewster. He received his education from the Brewster Public Schools and graduated from Brewster High School with the Class of 1955. From 1960-1962, Francis was enlisted with the Army and served in Germany, where he did tank maintenance. After serving in the Army, Francis went back home to Brewster, where he worked with his Dad.
On July 17, 1965, Francis was united in marriage to Edith Larson at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Brewster. This marriage was blessed with three daughters, Lori, Lisa, and Holly. After Francis and Edith were married they lived in Worthington for a short time before moving to Brewster.
Francis was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Brewster where he was a member of the Knight's of Columbus. He also belonged to the American Legion Post #464 in Brewster. Francis enjoyed woodworking, watching the Vikings and Twins, and most of all his family, especially his daughters, as he was very proud of them.
Francis passed away in the early morning hours on Monday, November 3, 2008, with his family by his side, at the Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota in Sioux Falls at the age of 71.
Francis is survived by his loving wife of forty-three years, Edith Berreau of Brewster; three daughters, Lori Linssen and her husband, Rhett, of Cedar Rapids, IA, Dr. Lisa Berreau of Logan, UT, and Holly Umhoefer and her husband, Kevin, of Buffalo; three grandchildren, Christopher, Laura, and Nathan Linssen; one brother, Ray Berreau of Brewster; two sister-in-laws, Betty Berreau of Brewster and Rosemary Berreau of Golden Valley; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Donald and Alfred.
Steve Martinson wrote on Nov 28, 2008:
"Dear Edith and family, I was saddened to hear from my father of the passing of Francis. Ten years of my life were spent riding my bicycle up to your door in Brewster to deliver the Globe to your home and Francis, though usually working, always treated me with respect beyond my years. He was a good man, honest and hard working. I was fortunate to know him and feel an emptiness with his passing. My heartfelt sympathies are extended to you all."
Wayne Schroeder Park Rapids Mn.12115170th st. 5647 wrote on Nov 6, 2008:
"Hi To the family of Francis Berreau. you probaly don`t know me . But in High School Frances was a grade ahead of me And my twin brother Willard Who is in Rochester today For surgery on His Kidney for cancer. We played football at Brewster High together in 1954 +1955 Frances was our faithfull Quarter Back . I played Right end + John Luther Was left end in 6 man football. We only lost 1 game Twin Willard Was Defensive center.George Nelson was center , Rodney Haberman was a fast half back . Ned voss was the other one, boy could he run. Those are precious Memory`s. Our thought`s and prayers are with you. "
Beth & Evans Mbuka wrote on Nov 6, 2008:
"To Edith, Lori, Lisa & Holly & family members: Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Francis will be greatly missed."