Frances “Fran” M. Prechel, age 73 of Beaver Dam, passed away on Thursday, September 2, 2021 at home.


Fran was born on February 7, 1948 in Beaver Dam, the daughter of Frank T. and Myrtle (Wiese) VanBever. She was united in marriage to Richard L. Prechel Sr. on September 16, 1967. She was very caring and loved spending time with her grandchildren. She persevered through 20 years of dialysis, while always putting others’ needs ahead of herself. In her free time, she enjoyed playing computer games and watching older TV shows.


Fran is survived by her husband, Richard “Dick” Prechel Sr. of Beaver Dam; children, Laura (Joe) Dunham of Beaver Dam, Richard Prechel Jr. of Beaver Dam, Brian (Jessica) Prechel of Waupun and Stephanie (Dustin) Burckardt of Beaver Dam; grandchildren, Britni (Tony), Colton, Chance, Logan, Damien, Malechi, Lycan, Bramuel and Westyn; 4 step-grandchildren, Austin, Hailey, Tayla, Kayden; great-grandchildren, Parker, Darwin and Justin; brothers, Frank “Butch” (Pat Holbach) VanBever of Waupun and Gorman (Sunny) VanBever; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


She was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Allysha Dunham; brothers, Larry and John VanBever; sister, Sharen Warber and other relatives.


A memorial gathering for Fran will be held on Tuesday, September 7 at Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services, 135 Keller Blvd., Beaver Dam from 4:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services in Beaver Dam is honored to be serving the family. You may send private online condolences or sign the family’s guest book at