Leona Franke

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Leona Johanna Franke, nee Brandenburger, 91, of Belleville, IL, born January 22, 1927, in Smithton, IL, died Thursday, January 17, 2019, at Freeburg Care Center, surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Franke worked at Century Electric Co. She was a former beautician and was co-owner and operator of Franke Brake Service along with her husband. She was a member of Trinity UCC for many years. She was a member of the American Business Women’s Club, the Modern Woodmen Club, and very active with the Jefferson Grade School Mother’s Club.  She loved bowling, sewing, gardening, dancing and working with stained glass.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur R. Franke, whom she married on May 21, 1947, and who died on July 15, 2016; her parents, Walter and Marguerite, nee Hammel, Brandenburger; a brother, Melvin Brandenburger; 2 brothers-in-law, Leroy Franke, Orville Koerber, and 3 sisters-in-law, Eileen Brandenburger, Marie Koerber, and Verida Franke.

She is survived by her son, Daniel (Pamela) Franke of Belleville, IL;
a daughter, Judith Woods of Belleville, IL;
six grandchildren, Jason Turpin, Sarah Milford, Dustin Franke, Dawn Franke, Dana Harris, and Tyler Franke;
and 12 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to Trinity United Church of Christ, Belleville, Il.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, January 20, 2019, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, January 21, 2019 at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, January 21, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Cory Hartz officiating.

Burial will be held at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.


1 Comment on Leona Franke

Larry koerber said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2019 at 2:27 PM

We are so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing and equally sorry we won’t be able to attend her service because of the weather. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

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