Marie Ann Franke, 91, of Bethalto, passed away at 8:07 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, at Liberty Village Manor in Maryville.
She was born in Worden Oct. 30, 1923, the daughter of the late Ernest and Hilda (Meyer) Braasch.
On May 1, 1943, she married the late Arnold Franke, who passed in September of 2009.
Marie was a homemaker who worked beside her husband farming. After returning from WWII as a POW, the two enjoyed traveling to many countries. She loved spending winters with him in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, and supported him through his battle with Alzheimer’s. She was a member of the Madison County Historical Society, along with being a lifetime member of St. Peters Lutheran Church in Prairietown, Ill., where she taught Sunday school for 18 years. She was also a member of PTL, Altar Guild, VFW Women, 4-H and Evangelism.
She is survived by two children and their spouse, Joan Kathleen and Willis Crowe of Glen Carbon and Gary Lee and Patsy Franke of Moro; five grandchildren and their spouses, Dana and Mike Shain, Rebecca and Tim Philipps, Jason and Jaime Crowe, Tricia Franke and friend, Scott Jankowski, and Jill Lembeck and friend, Chris Goodwin; four great-grandchildren, Carson and Delaney Philipps, Shelby Lembeck and Gabriel Kiefer; two stepgrandsons and a spouse, Matthew and Susan Henke and Patrick Henke; three stepgreat-grandchildren, Zachary, Harrison and Hannah; sister-in-law, Dorothy Braasch; and nieces, nephews and many friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Wilma and Lester Engelke; and two brothers, Charles and Ralph Braasch.
In celebration of her life, visitation will be 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, at Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Prairietown, Ill., with Pastor Dale Skeesick officiating.
Burial will follow at Prairietown Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to St. Peters Lutheran Church or Alzheimer’s Association.
Online condolences and guestbook may be found at www.eliaskallalandschaaf.com.