Eleanora Lucille (Imoehl) Franzen (1925 - 2016)

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OSSIAN – Eleanora Franzen, age 91, of Ossian, died on Sunday, June 12, at the Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, June 17, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 420 East Main Street, Ossian, with Rev. Robert Gross presiding. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m., on Thursday, June 16, and also after 9 a.m., on Friday morning at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 420 East Main Street, Ossian.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials may be given to the Ossian Senior Hospice, Box 98, Ossian, IA 52161.
Eleanora Lucille (Imoehl) Franzen was born on February 21, 1925, the daughter of Frank and Angela (Hageman) Imoehl, near Festina. Eleanora attended St. Mary's Catholic School in Festina and was a hired girl/mothers helper for families with newborns. On November 11, 1947, Eleanora was united in marriage to Guido "Pete" Franzen at Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Festina. Thirteen children were born to this union. Together they farmed near Ossian for many years. Eleanora was a busy mother; but was always willing to help others. She helped organize and worked for CDA wedding receptions, made lots of quilts, and baked LOTS of cookies and cinnamon rolls. She enjoyed playing cards with friends and family, as well as traveling and visiting. Eleanora loved her large family and being a grandma. In 1998, they moved into Ossian. He was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church. She served as president of Rosary Society and was Grand Regent of the Catholic Daughters of America, Our Lady of Victory Court 983. She also was president of Ossian Senior citizen club.
Eleanora is survived by her thirteen children: Sharon Kay (Phil) Stoddard, Independence; Keevin (Mary) Franzen, Dubuque; Clyde (Debra) Franzen, Ossian; Dean (Joann) Franzen, Elkader; Ivan (Karen) Franzen, Ossian; Inez (Larry) Brincks, Decorah; Brian (Judy) Franzen, Decorah; Phyllis (Curt) Krambeer, Cedar Rapids; Joyce (Randy) Tietz, Cedar Rapids; Arlin (Jill) Franzen, Ossian; Lester (Cindy) Franzen, Waverly; Rodney (Lynn) Franzen, Ossian; and Terry (Meghan Herold) Franzen, Ossian, along with 29 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren; One sister, Corrina Steinlage, New Hampton; Three brothers: Nilus (Jenny) Imoehl, Ossian; Merlin (Anita) Imoehl, Decorah; and Laverne (Leonilla) Imoehl, Elgin. Two sisters-in-law: Alvina Imoehl, New Hampton, and Arlene Imoehl, Tucson, Ariz.; Pete's siblings and spouses: Irvin Franzen, Hawkeye; Helen (Ronald) Palmersheim, Greeley; Joann Franzen, Festina; and Marion Franzen, Decorah.
Eleanora was preceded in death by her parents: Frank and Angela (Hageman) Imoehl. Her husband: Guido "Pete" Franzen on Sept. 5, 2011; Brother-in-law, Leo Steinlage; Her father and mother-in-law, Joseph and Kathrina (Boyer) Franzen, Sr.; Pete's siblings and their spouses: Catherine (Roy) Tierney, Marie (Lawrence) Bruening, Leonard (Mary) Franzen, Raymond Franzen, Theckla Franzen in infancy, Louis (Arlene) Franzen, Theresa (Raymond) Baumler, LeRoy Franzen, Lawrence Franzen and Carl Franzen; and Two sisters-in-law: Madeline Franzen and Pat Franzen.
The Schluter – Balik Funeral Home in Decorah is handling the arrangements.
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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from June 14 to June 18, 2016