Joanne M. Franke

Bethalto | Saturday, March 31 2012

Joanne M. Franke, 76, passed away at 5:08 am Saturday March 31, 2012 at Alton Memorial Hospital.

She was born on August 1, 1935 in Roxanna, IL the daughter of Leslie Reynolds & Anna (Jones) Marr.

She married Harold A. Franke on October 3, 1954 in Corinth, Mississippi.

She was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Prairietown.

She worked as a dietician at Alton Memorial Hospital, Owens Illinois Glass Manufacturing, a realtor for Caldwell Banker, and loved pictures and flowers.

Shewas a very good wife, mother, grandmother, and friend and dearly loved her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Harold Franke of Bethalto; two sons, Don Franke of Bethalto and Dennis Franke of Alton; two grandchildren, Alexa and Kaden Franke of Bethalto; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Patricia Geraldine & Larry Jones of Wheeler, Roberta Francine “Bobbie” & Jesse Cundiff of Effingham, Paula Denise Marr of Morris; one brother and sister-in-law, David & Donna Marr of Las Vegas, NV; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bob & Ruth Brakhane of Prairietown; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by two brothers, Reyonlds Benjamin and Edward Marr.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be from 9 am until time of funeral services at 11 am Tuesday April 3, 2012 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Prairietown with Pastor Dale Skeesick officiating.

Interment will follow at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto.

Memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

Online condolences and guest book can be found at

Obit Provided By:
Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home

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