Linda P. Franzen, 67
Linda P. Franzen, age 67, of Belle Plaine, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 at the Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia with her husband and children at her side.
Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Brendan Catholic Church (221 Mcgrann St. S.), Green Isle with Father Keith Salisbury as Celebrant of the Mass; visitation Tuesday 4 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia and one hour prior to the Mass at church on Wednesday; interment church cemetery.
Linda was born on March 30, 1946 in Watertown, Minn., the daughter of Lambert and Helen (Van Lith) Bukowski. She was baptized at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Loretto. Linda and John created their home in Green Isle, Minn. She worked with her husband on their dairy farm while raising four children. Linda enjoyed fishing, baking, reading, music, visiting friends and playing cards. After the dairy herd was sold, Linda enjoyed working part time at the Hillcrest Cafe; where she made lifelong friendships.
Linda learned from her parents the enjoyment of fishing. This is something Linda and John shared and passed onto their children. The children remember wonderful times of getting away for an afternoon of fishing, going up north for a long weekend, and meeting their grandfathers at the lake. In 2010 John and Linda purchased a camper and pontoon on Rice Lake in Eden Valley, Minn. The whole family loves meeting there for campfires, BBQs, cards, and especially fishing. We would tease mom while fishing, because we would stop at a spot, she would wait to see who would catch a fish, then she would cast out right to where that person was fishing. If her line got tangled or needed fixing, she would give it to John to fix, and ask someone else for their pole. We ALL enjoyed fishing with mom, and loved how she would laugh and enjoy the banter back and forth.
Though Linda didnt say too much, especially when in a group of people, she loved hearing others joking and poking fun. We will miss mom for so many reasons, and for so many things that cannot be put into words. She was always there, whether we were kids getting off the bus and needing her comfort after a rough day of school or needed to share the excitement of a fun day. She was always there to jump in and help with a project on the farm, or when you just wanted someone to talk to and listen who would not judge and who would always be on your side.
Mom lives on in her children and grandchildren. Her knowledge of baking and fishing has been passed down and become a love of all of us (the girls like to bake and the boys like to eat it) and we ALL LOVE to fish.
We take comfort in the wonderful family that mom and dad have provided us. We are surrounded by very caring aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. We were taught how to treasure family, life, and everyone around us. We appreciate all the holidays and birthday celebrations that she provided and that we were able to share with her. We will all miss moms phone calls, voicemails, and the security she provided us.
Linda is preceded in death by her parents, Helen and Lambert Bukowski; father in law; Adam Franzen; nephew Todd Ristau; brother-in-law Joe Faue.
Linda is survived by her loving family; husband John Franzen; children Kim (Dale) Meierbachtol of Belle Plaine, Chris Franzen of Belle Plaine, Michele (Tim) Berg of Howard Lake, Sarah (Jeff) Schuetz of Arlington; grandchildren Adam Meierbachtol (special friend Emily Johnson), Alyssa Meierbachtol; sisters 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, Connie and Larry Leuer of Loretto; brothers and sister-in-law Bill Bukowski of Loretto, Tom Bukowski and Judy Hoppe of Fridley; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Joan and Arnold Nimps of Kasota, Charlotte Blakeborough of Wayzata, Paul and Rosemary Franzen of Belle Plaine, Joe Franzen of Belle Plaine; nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
Casket Bearers Dale Meierbachtol, Adam Meierbachtol, Alyssa Meierbachtol, Jeff Schuetz, Tim Berg, Jon Franzen, Larry Leuer.
Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.
Linda P. Franzen, 67