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John F. Franzen, 74

John F. Franzen, age 74, of Belle Plaine, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, at his home.

He was born March 29, 1939, in Maple Plain, the son of Adam and Ida (Fleischman) Franzen.

John grew up on Lake Sarah, helping his father farm, and helping rent boats and sell bait. He bought a farm in Sibley County in 1969.

John was a veteran.

He and Linda were united in marriage Oct. 11, 1969, at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Loretto. The couple built their life on their farm in Green Isle, and raised four children. Farming was passed down generations to John, who passed on his passion for farming his son – because of this, John’s spirit will always remain at the farm and in his land.

John enjoyed visiting with friends, telling jokes, fishing, spearing, birthday celebrations, holidays with family, and weekends at the camper. He loved to plant things, enjoying gardening, planting crops, planting trees, and planting trees in between those trees.

He also enjoyed playing cards, and loved animals, especially his dogs.

John was very faithful and instilled that in his children. He was a person who everyone liked; always an honorable and respectable man.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Franzen; parents Adam and Ida Franzen; father-in-law and mother-in-law Lambert and Helen Bukowski; nephew Todd Ristau; and brother-in-law Joe Faue.

John is survived by his loving family; children Kim (Dale) Meierbachtol, Chris Franzen, all of Belle Plaine, Michele (Tim) Berg of Howard Lake, and Sarah (Jeff) Schuetz of Arlington; and grandchildren Adam Meierbachtol (special friend Emily Johnson), and Alyssa Meierbachtol.

He is further survived by sisters and brother-in-law Joan and Arnold Nimps of Kasota, and Charlotte Blakeborough of Wayzata; brothers and sister-in-law Paul and Rosemary Franzen, and Joe Franzen, all of Belle Plaine; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Susan and Dave Pawlitschek of Frazee, Nancy and George Choban of Rockford, Kathleen Wooland of Arizona, Carol Faue of Albertville, Julie and Sam Zimmermann of Rockford, Joellen Nelson of Buffalo, and Connie and Larry Leuer of Loretto; brothers and sister-in-law Bill Bukowski of Loretto, Tom Bukowski, and Judy Hoppe of Fridley; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday, Nov. 16 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Brendan Parish in Green Isle with the Revs. Keith Salisbury and Jerry Berger as con-celebrants of the Mass. Interment was at St. Brendan Parish Cemetery in Green Isle

Visitation was Friday, Nov. 15 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, and continued Saturday at the church, one hour prior to the Mass.

Casket bearers were Adam Meierbachtol, Alyssa Meierbachtol, Jon Franzen, Phil Nimps, Greg Nimps, Sean Nimps, and Martin Nimps.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.