.Hermina Ann Franks.
by: Pat Drees
. Oconto County Reporter.
. April 14, 2010.
Hermina Ann Franks passed away Wednesday, April 7, 2010. Hermina was
born in Oconto on September 7, 1914 to the late Albert and Annie
(Tiedke) Franks. Hermina was never married and was a current member of
Holy Trinity Parish. Hermina (Irish) Franks grew up in Oconto and
attended the former Jefferson grade school and Oconto High School.
During her school years in Oconto she played softball and baseball
until her graduation in 1933. After graduation she attended the
Northland School of Aviation in Minneapolis, Minnesota receiving her
aircraft mechanics certification in 1934. During the middle 30's while
working for the Bond Pickle Company in Oconto, Wisconsin she organized
the company's first girl softball team sponsored by one of the owners
Truman Bond. For several years the team played in the Fox Valley League
prior to Hermina's departure to Boston, Mass. In Boston she played on
the Boston's girls softball teams and played in the Boston Garden.
She went on to work at Lack Heaven Aircraft plant in Pennsylvania prior
to enlisting in the Army/Air Force in 1942. She spent 3 ½
years in the military of which 1 ½ was overseas. While in
the service she also played baseball. She left the service in 1945 and
shortly after tried out for the All American Baseball Girls League and
was chosen to play on the Kenosha Comets team in Kenosha. Hermina was
inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. in
1998. Hermina played professional softball for two years prior to
leaving the game to work for Abbotts Laboratories in North Chicago.
While working for Abbotts, Hermina once again played softball in local
leagues. She worked for Abbotts for approximately 22 years before
retiring to Oconto where her roots began. For a number of years she did
volunteer work at the Riverside Nursing Home and when she finally
decided to fully retire she spent much of her time outdoors. In the
winter season Hermina could be found cross country skiing well into her
80's. She was a current member of the Women of the Moose Chapter 311.
Hermina is survived by many nieces and nephews, special friends Vicki
Berceau, Ilah Bancroft and a little girl named Serenity. She was
preceded in death by four sisters and six brothers.
The family will receive relatives and friends at Holy Trinity Catholic
Church, Oconto, from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, April 15, 2010. Mass of
Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Thursday at the church with
the Rev. Patrick Beno officiating. Visitation will be held again from 6
to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Gallagher Funeral Home, Oconto. A second
service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday by the Rev. Richard King.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.gallagherfuneralhome.net.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given.
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