Lawrence P. "Larry" Franzen (1933 - 2012)


JESUP – Lawrence P. "Larry" Franzen, 79 years old of Independence, and formerly of Hazleton and Readlyn died Tuesday, June 12, at the Buchanan County Health Center – LTC, in Independence. He was born March 17, 1933 in Auburn Township of Fayette County near St. Lucas, the son of Joseph Franzen and Elizabeth (Bruening) Franzen.
Following graduation from St. Lucas High School he attended seminary for a short time before entering the US Army and serving in Korea. On July 20, 1957, he was united in marriage to Patricia Ann Hilmer at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Waterloo. She preceded him in death on April 4, 2007.
Mr. Franzen is survived by one son Craig Franzen of Waverly; four daughters, Lorrie (Clifford) Osborne of Sun Prairie, Wisc., Linda (Randy) Bast of Jesup; Lisa (Darren) Ruzicka of Palo, Lynette Renner of Independence; four brothers, Francis (Janet) Franzen of Ossian, LeRoy (Joann) Franzen of St. Lucas, Irvin Franzen of Hawkeye, Carl Franzen of New Hampton; two sisters, Helen (Ron) Palmersheim of Greely and Theresa Baumler of Ft. Atkinson. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife Patricia, four brothers, Ray, Leonard, Pete and Louis Franzen; and two sisters, Marie Bruening and Catherine Tierney.
Mass of Christian Burial washeld at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 15, at St. Athanasius Catholic Church, Jesup with Fr. Scott F. Boone as celebrant. Burial will be at a later date at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Hazleton.
Visitation was from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the White Funeral Home, Jesup, where there was a Vigil Service at 7 p.m. Thursday. Memorials will be directed to charity. Online condolences may be made at
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from June 20 to July 7, 2012
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