OLEAN - Elizabeth M. "Winnie" Franz, of 1612 Ave. B, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday (Jan. 1, 2014) at Olean General Hospital.
Born March 26, 1933, in Olean, she was the daughter of Percy Simon Jr. and Dorothy Billings. On Dec. 31, 1949, at St. Patrick's Church in Salamanca, she married Anthony S. "Tony" Franz who predeceased her April 5, 1998.
Mrs. Franz worked at the former Annie and Johnny's Restaurant in Olean prior to becoming a homemaker. She enjoyed raising a family, cooking, baking and spending time with her grandchildren. She was an avid reader, was kind to animals and loved her dog Dolly, her constant companion.
Surviving are a son, Robert (Diane) Franz Sr. of Olean; two daughters, Anita (Michael) Sharp of Cuba and Debbie (Gary) Crandall of Murphy, Texas; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Rose Milchuck of Olean.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a grandson, Billy Franz; and a brother, Russell Simon.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home, 3128 W. State Road, Olean. A prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday (Jan. 6, 2014) in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. John's Church. Monsignor William Wangler will be the celebrant in the absence of the Rev. Edward Sheedy. Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to St. John's Church or to a
Online condolences may be expressed at www.oleanfuneralhome.com.