Joseph E. Franger
1941 - 2020
Joseph E. Franger, MD, age 79, of Moorestown, NJ, formerly of Chicago, IL; Mount Prospect, IL; and Green Lake WI, passed away on November 17, 2020.

Joe was born on September 27, 1941 in Chicago, IL to Evgen and Margaret (nee Bowser) Franger. He graduated from Villanova University in 1963, and Jefferson Medical College in 1967. He served in the Navy as a Medical Battalion Officer with the US Marines in Vietnam from 1968 – 1970. He started medical practice in 1977 in Arlington Heights, IL, and practiced full-time until he retired to Green Lake, WI, where he continued practicing part-time at Ripon Hospital until moving to New Jersey in 2017.

Joe is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary Ellen (Burns) Franger; his daughter, Dr. Margaret M. Franger and her husband, Dr. Frank L. Urbano of Riverton, NJ; his son Joseph of Seattle, WA; his son Peter of Moorestown, NJ; and his son Andrew and his wife Anne of Northbrook, IL. He is also survived by 4 grandchildren, Maddie, Gigi and Immy Urbano, all of Riverton, NJ; and Andrew (AJ) Franger, of Northbrook, IL. He is survived by 2 sisters, Margaret Harper, of Rancho Mirage, CA, and Susan Singleton and her husband Peter, of Bluffton, SC.

He will be lovingly remembered by the many relatives, friends, colleagues, and patients whose lives he touched.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his name to St. Joseph Services, 1501 N. Oakley Blvd, Chicago, IL 60622,

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Published by Chicago Tribune on Nov. 20, 2020.
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Joe was my late husband's buddy since their youth. What a wonderful man who will be sorely missed by many.
Jane Zambreno
January 5, 2021
Dr. Franger was our family doctor before I came to work for him and Dr. Lynch for many years. In both roles as doctor and employer, he was always soft-spoken, highly competent and empathetic and had the ability to put people as ease. I, for one, will never forget him. My sincere condolences to Mary Ellen and her family.
Rose Marie Brogmus
November 25, 2020
Joe was a great guy and my Doc. He was always available and helpful regardless of the time. What was even better was seeing Joe and Mary Ellen at all their kids' various athletic events. Joe also helped their coach calm down at particularly tense moments during the games. Joe will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary Ellen and the entire Franger family.
Steve and Eileen Kelly
Steve Kelly
November 23, 2020
My favorite memory of Dr. Franger will always be watching him “cut the rug” on the dance floor with his daughter, my dear friend, Meg! On those occasions, his joy and love of life shone through to all admiring his fancy foot work. I will also never forget his love of NCAA basketball and sailing. Love and prayers to the whole Franger family! Wish that I could hug you all in person right now!
Jenny (Radke) Kiedaisch
November 21, 2020
I worked for Dr. Franger for 25 years in Mt.Prospect with the Lynch doctors.
He was wonderful to work for very kind, passionate and soft spoken,
I always trusted his thoughts & opinions, he was also my doctor.
He will be greatly missed
My condolences to the family

Francine Fine
Northbrook, il
Francine Fine
November 21, 2020
Not only was Dr. Franger a terrific doctor, he was also a kind and caring man. As a nurse who worked at Northwest Community Hospital for 42 years, I had many opportunities to interact with Dr. Franger before he retired. He was always so smiley and approachable when he came to 6 North to do his rounds.
One memory of Dr. Franger I'd like to share was many years ago when I was working an evening shift, and during a few minutes of downtime I was trying to solve a particularly difficult math problem from a college class I was taking. Dr. Franger happened into the nurses station and I jokingly asked him if he could figure out the solution to the problem. He proceeded to take the time to help me figure it out, and it was a kindness I will always remember.
My deepest sympathy to his family.
Susan Ryan
November 20, 2020
Nor only was Dr. Franger a terrific doctor, he was also a kind and caring man. Working as a nurse for 42 years at NCH, I had many opportunities to interact with him. He was always so smiley and approachable when he came to the 6th floor to do his rounds. He was such a nice man who really cared about people. One memory I have of Dr. Franger was many years ago when I was working a PM shift. I was at the nurses station trying to figure out a particularly difficult math problem from a college class I was taking, and when Dr. Franger happened into the nurses station I jokingly asked him if he would help me solve the problem. He surprised me by taking the time to help me figure it out, and I was so appreciative! He was always one of my favorite doctors because of his kind and generous manner. I'm sure you will miss him terribly.
My sincerest condolences,
Sue Ryan
November 20, 2020
Joe Franger was a wonderful neighbor, good friend to my parents and a wonderful doctor. I really trusted his thoughts and opinions and loved growing up with his children. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Ruth Coplon
November 20, 2020
My loving brother to me and our sister Meg and loving son of Evgen and Margaret Franger. We were very close from grammar school through
high school and college. We were blessed with remarkable parents and grandparents. Joe was very intelligent, hard working l, and devoted to his family, friends, and patients. I will miss him terribly as well as many others.
Susan Franger Singleton
November 20, 2020
It was a pleasure to know DR FRANGER as a great neighbor and a terrific doctor.
Remembering interactions through the years.
GOD bless his family and may eternal rest be granted to him.
Mary Ellen and children you are in my prayers.
Maryann Nickele
Maryann Nickele
November 20, 2020
Condolences to Joe's family. I first met him the first week I was in medical practice and brand new to Holy Family Hospital and the staff as well. That was just over 40 years ago. Joe was not just a trusted and admired colleague but genuinely a decent guy without a negative bone in his body. This world needs as many soft-spoken and kind individuals as can be and his passing is not just a loss to those whom he spent decades treating for maladies but for those touched by his graciousness. My sincere sympathies to you all.

T. Zamirowski, MD
Park Ridge IL
T. Zamirowski, MD
November 20, 2020