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Elizabeth Franz Fast

Elizabeth Franz Fast January 25, 1929-July 6, 2024

Elizabeth grew up on her family farm near Delft, Minn., where she was active in her church, went to Carson Township “country school,” met her future husband, and graduated from Mt. Lake High School in 1947.

Here she learned to garden, bake, and sew; as a 4-H-er, her skills led to grand champion prizes and cherished trips to the Minnesota State Fair. She brought her passions to the University of Minnesota, graduating from the College of Home Economics in 1951. She served as a county extension agent and taught public school in Waseca, Tracy, and North Minneapolis before becoming a full-time homemaker, and later office manager for her husband’s dental practice in Madelia.

Liz loved to entertain, and if you knocked on her door, you got invited for dinner. She and Arlie raised their four children in Madelia where she was active in the First United Presbyterian Church, serving as an Elder and chair of the Christian Education Committee. They moved to Bingham Lake in 1980 where they created lifelong memories with their grandchildren. Eleven years ago they moved to the Twin Cities to be near their children and more easily enjoy the Minnesota Orchestra, U of M Landscape Arboretum, and Gophers and Vikings football.

Elizabeth is survived by her husband of nearly 68 years, Arlie R. Fast; children Richard (Jamie), Kathleen, Margaret (Eric Elkin), and Susan (Jeff Teerink); grandchildren Rachel, Anne, Britta, Maria, Peter, Emily, and Ellen; and great-grandchildren Rowdy, Ethan, Owen, and Moriah. She also is survived by sister-in-law and lifelong friend Marion Franz, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Peter F. and Helena Friesen Franz, all her siblings - Henry, Harry, Helen, and Peter H. - and her beloved grandson, Michael.

We will celebrate Elizabeth’s life on Saturday, August 24, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis (parking via Alice Rainville Place; livestream at

Elizabeth’s family is filled with gratitude for the amazing team at her most recent home, Timber Hills - Presbyterian Homes. If desired, people may make donations to Timber Hills - Presbyterian Homes or the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

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