John Franzen

John Franzen

John F. Franzen, age 74, of Belle Plaine, Minn., passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 at his home in Belle Plaine.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Brendan Parish in Green Isle with Father Keith Salisbury and Father Jerry Berger as Con-Celebrants of the Mass; visitation was Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia and at the church one hour prior to the Mass; interment will take place at St. Brendan Parish Cemetery in Green Isle.
John was born on March 29, 1939 in Maple Plain, Minn., the son of Adam and Ida (Fleischman) Franzen. On Oct. 11, 1969, John was united in marriage to Linda P. Bukowski at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Loretto. Linda and John created their home in Green Isle.
John grew up on Lake Sarah helping his father farm and helping rent boats and sell bait. John bought a farm in Sibley County in 1969. John and Linda built their life on their farm in Green Isle and raised four children. Farming has been passed down generations to John. John passed on his passion for farming his son, because of this, Johns 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. John loved to plant things – enjoyed gardening, planting crops, planting trees, and planting trees in between those trees. He loved playing cards, he liked to play Sheephead with friends and Euchre with family. John also loved animals, especially his dogs. He would take the dogs to town just to get them a treat of hot dogs or doughnuts.
John, Linda bought their camper and pontoon on Rice Lake in 2010. Our family created lifelong memories there. We loved how excited John and Linda would get when the fish were biting. We sat around fires and told jokes and stories, and laughed, we laughed until our stomachs hurt. The thing that John will be remembered for most is his laughter and jokes. Sometimes, he would be laughing so hard at his own joke, you couldnt understand what he was saying. One of Johns classic jokes was What did the Pony say when he coughed? Excuse me, Im just a little horse.
John was very faithful and instilled that into his children. Johns children will always remember how hard he worked and the life he provided for us. Theres a line from a poem that reads With him in my corner, I was invincible. Thats how he made his children feel. No accomplishment was complete until we told dad. When we made a mistake or had a problem, the weight was lifted when we told dad, he made everything better.
Our father was a person who everyone liked. He was always very concerned about other people. He loved to tell stories. He always looked at the bright side of things. He was always an honorable and respectable man. We are so proud of the name he built, when we are asked our last name, or who are parents are, we have, and always will, hold our heads up high and say Franzen, John and Linda Franzen.
John 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; brother-in-law Joe Faue.
John is survived by his loving family; 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 brother-in-law Joan and Arnold Nimps of Kasota, Charlotte Blakeborough of Wayzata; brothers and sister-in-law Paul and Rosemary Franzen of Belle Plaine, Joe Franzen 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, Connie and Larry Leuer of Loretto; brothers and sister-in-law Bill Bukowski of Loretto , Tom Bukowski and Judy Hoppe of Fridley; nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
Casket Bearers Adam Meierbachtol, Alyssa Meierbachtol, Jon Franzen, Phil Nimps, Greg Nimps, Shawn Nimps, Martin Nimps.
Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.

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