Valeria A. Franzen
August 24, 1932 ~ January 14, 2021
Valeria A. Franzen, age 88, of New Hampton, Iowa passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at MercyOne in New Hampton, Iowa. As per family wishes there will be a private graveside service at a later date. Online condolences may be left at www.conway-markhamfh.com. Memorials may be directed to the family. Valeria Anna was born on August 24, 1932 to Victor and Mary (Jirak) Berst at Little Turkey, Iowa. Valeria attended school in Lawler, Iowa. She was a nanny in Chicago, Illinois for a short time and she then returned to New Hampton. Valeria was united in marriage to Clarence Franzen on November 26, 1951 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Lawler. The couple made their home on the family farm near Waucoma. Later they moved to a farm near Jerico, Iowa until they made their home in New Hampton from 1956 to the present time. Valeria enjoyed gardening, needlepoint, puzzles, walks, making pies, and listening to polka music especially Molly B. Valeria enjoyed the outdoors and her favorite companion Little Bear. She was a member of Holy Family Parish in New Hampton. Valeria is survived by her children Kenneth Franzen of New Hampton, Kathryn Franzen of New Hampton, Rebecca Franzen of New Hampton and Stephen (Jo) Franzen of New Hampton; granddaughter, Amanda Franzen of North Liberty, Iowa; and sister, Delores Franzen of New Hampton. Valeria is preceded in death by her parents, Victor and Mary Berst; her husband, Clarence; son, Alan “Big Al”; brothers, Adrian and Charles; and sister, Leona.