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Bellville Times
Funeral services for Norma Elizabeth Franke, 91, of Industry were held at 2
p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006, at the Industry United Methodist Church with
Dr. Timothy D. Abel and Reverend Jim Harrell officiating.
Interment followed in the Oak Knoll Cemetery in Bellville. A visitation was
held at the Zaskoda Chapel in Industry after 3 p.m. on Friday and the family
received friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday.
Norma Elizabeth Franke was born Nov. 11, 1915, in Industry, the daughter of
Edward and Mary Elizabeth (Freier) Franke.
She worked as a clerk for Franke¹s Grocery Store for many years and was the
caretaker for her parents their entire lifetime. She was the owner of
Franke¹s Liquor Store and was a very skilled quilter and made many quilts
for local organizations and people near and far for over 35 years. She was
an excellent baker especially making kolaches for various community fund
raisers including the Industry Volunteer Fire Department.
She was a member of the Industry United Methodist Church, a member of the
Bertha Circle, where she received her 20 year pin and was a communion server
for many years. She was also a member of the Shelby Sons of Hermann Lodge
#25 and the West End Historical Society.
Miss Franke passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Dec., 13, 2006, at Trinity
Medical Center in Brenham at the age of 91 years, 1 month and 2 days.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Mary Elizabeth (Freier)
Franke; brothers, Arthur, Erwin and Monroe Franke and sister, Laura
Survivors include: Sisters, Almeida Bravenec of Houston and Louise Frank of
Industry; sister-in-law, Opal Franke of the Highlands; nephews, Charlie
Pavlovsky, Frank Pavlovsky, David Franke, Derwood Franke, Danny Franke,
Erwin Franke, Jr., Waldo Franke, Wilbert ³Bubba² Frank, Jr.; nieces, Judy
Rudloff, Carol Gilbert, Dorothy Gross, Linda Davenport, Joan Caffey;
numerous great-nieces and great-nephews also survive.
Active Pallbearers: Charlie Pavlovsky, Wilbert ³Bubba² Frank, Jr., Delroy
Gross, Dwayne Gross, Dustin Gross, Melvin Gilbert.
Honorary Pallbearers: Frank Pavlovsky, Richard Davenport, David Caffey, Jr.,
Waldo Franke, Erwin Franke, Jr., David Franke, Derwood Franke, Danny Franke,
Hubert Yoist, Harlie Hackamack, Edwin Kuehn.
Memorials may be made to the Industry United Methodist Church or Hospice
Brazos Valley in Brenham.
Funeral arrangements by Koenig & Strickland in La Grange.
Posted by Joy Neely


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