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Lucille ‘Mama Lu’ Frankl, 78

Lucille Marie “Mama Lu” (Connelly) Frankl, age 78 of Delano, died Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

She was born Feb. 16, 1930, to Daniel and Catherine (Dunn) Connelly in Independence.

Lucille was the longtime owner of the Road Runner Café in Delano, with her husband, Jim Frankl. After selling the café, Jim and Mama Lu started J & L Trucking and went over-the-road until Jim’s unexpected death in 1993.

Mama Lu was a one-of-a-kind free spirit who was loved by all. She was known for a quick wit, selling pull tabs, making costumes, cookies, and cakes, and even for jumping out of cakes.

Mama Lu was an active volunteer, always willing to help others. She was a member of the Delano American Legion Auxiliary, as well as being the chaplain for the Legion Riders, a group she helped form in the Delano area.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James “Jim;” and her parents, Daniel and Catherine Connelly.

Lucille is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Albert (Sheree) Lyrek, Daniel (Lorna) Lyrek, Donald (Trine) Lyrek, Mike Lyrek, and Tim (Michele) Lyrek; six grandchildren, Shellie (Ryan) Otto, Jessica Wagner, Bryan Gast, Michael Lyrek, Ashley Lyrek, Hanna Lyrek, and Emma Lyrek; two great-grandchildren, Cory and Heidi Otto; a sister, Patty (Duane) Clausen; and a brother, Donald (Marion) Connelly.

Mass of Christian Burial took place Monday, Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Delano, with the Rev. Frank Wampach officiating. Interment was in the Delano Public Cemetery, with honors provided by the Delano American Legion Auxiliary, and the Legion Riders.

Casket bearers were Michael Lyrek, Bryan Gast, Charlie Nelson, Dick Amundson, Steve Richardson, Rudy Van Hemert, Jack Lynch, Mike Brandenburg, and Lyle Loehrs.

Visitation was Sunday, Feb. 8 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Iten Funeral Home in Delano, and continued Monday for one hour prior to the Mass at the church.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.