Long-time Lynden resident, Ann (Antje) Franken, died at PeaceHealth Hospice in Bellingham on September 6. She was 98 years old. Ann was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 65 years, John Evert Franken. She leaves three children and their spouses: John (Sandi) of Smithers, B.C.; Robert (Nancy Kinney) of Frisco, CO; and Irene (Greg) Helgath of Lynden. In addition, she is survived by 11 grand-children, 10 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. In Lynden, she is also survived by her sister Tosca Brune. Ann was born August 31, 1918 in den Haag, the Netherlands, one of 10 chil-dren born to Jan Pieter and Geertruide (deKrey) Van den Berg. After surviving the German occupation, she joined the Red Cross at the end of World War II and trav-eled to the Dutch East Indies where she met her husband who was posted with the Royal Dutch Military in Medan. They married in 1947then returned to Holland two years later after the birth of their son, Jan Piet. Following the births of son Robert and daughter Irene, the family immigrated to the United States in 1953 and settled in Seattle. Ann worked as a nurse for many years, then for Medicine for Missions (now World Concern). Following retirement, she and her husband traveled to many other countries and spent two years establishing a Habitat for Humanity project in Papua, New Guinea. After returning to the states and settling in Lynden in 1986, she re-mained active in their church and in her children's lives. Memorial Service will be held at Sonlight Community Church, 8800 Bender Road, Lynden, Washington, at 12 noon on Monday September 12. Burial will be at Ten Mile Cemetery.
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Published in Bellingham Herald from Sept. 9 to Sept. 11, 2016