Jerry Bruce Franzel

JERRY BRUCE FRANZEL Jerry Bruce Franzel, such a special gentle soul, has left us today to move on to another journey. He battled kidney cancer in 2009 and won but the lung cancer was a fight he lost. Due to a broken hip then pneumonia he passed peacefully with his family by his side. He leaves behind his soul mate and love of his life, Page Franzel married 22 years as of July 22. His daughter Marnie MacLean of Los Angeles, sisters Lori Franzel and Judy Rosenthal-husband Steve St. Louis, Mo as well as Maria Rudder, his wife's daughter and grandkids Will & Sophie Rudder of Frankfort KY. Jerry, born March 14, 1942 in St. Louis Mo to Evelyn and Bob Franzel was a star baseball athlete growing up at University City High School in St. Louis, MO. After attending the University of Illinois briefly he graduated with a Master degree from Washington University in St. Louis MO. His career in retail began with Neiman Marcus in Dallas Texas as the store manager and from there he finally ended up in Honolulu, Hawaii running the Duty Free Shops for Hilo Hattie's. He then opened and co- owned The Village Beach shop in the Dole Cannery Square in Hawaii. Jerry met his wife, Page, there in 1985 and their many journeys began. Deciding to move to Atlanta from Hawaii was a major change but the family meant a lot and being closer was important. There Jerry moved into the executive search field and had great success while with DHR international. Thinking about retirement in 2002 they then moved to Delray beach, FL where he and his wife enjoyed the beach, their passion, his best 4 legged friends Pooker and Clinker, his American Cocker Spaniels and remodeling and reselling many homes, a great team. In 2005 Jerry decided it was time to move to a smaller community and after much research moved to Vero Beach, FL. where he knew they would stay the rest of their lives. Once there with his wife the notion to "retire" changed again and ended up helping to start his wife's Design business. A partnership was born and a business built from the ground up. Jerry loved being involved in the everyday business and advising throughout the process. Days after having his kidney removed in 2009 he became the proud owner of 2 adorable English Cocker Spaniels, Ali & Ziggy, they were inseparable. The dog park was their local hang out where he met many friends and they would sit around everyday discussing the world topics. Ali and Ziggy were healers and they tried numerous times to do just that, heal. Jerry leaves behind many friends as he never met a stranger as well as many friends he has had since 3 yrs old. He will be sorely missed by so many people but not as much as his adoring wife, Page and his healers Ali & Ziggy. He loved reading, doing the Sunday puzzle with his sister Lori religiously every Sunday and watching his favorite news and sports, He had a passion for food and loved cooking at home vs eating out, he would joke lets eat at Poo's, his nickname for his wife. A "Celebration of Life" is what he would have wanted so a light brunch will be held at The Vero Beach Spa & Hotel, Saturday, July 27th beginning at 10:30 and ending "when ever" (his favorite way to celebrate). Please make any donations to the Vero Beach Humane Society, the or The Hospice in Vero Beach, FL. Paid Obituary

Published in the TC Palm from July 25 to July 26, 2013