Valeria A. Franzen

valeria franzen
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 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 β€œBig Al”; brothers, Adrian and Charles; and sister, Leona.

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  1. A great loss also for all of her adopted kids. “Ma” Franzen took us all in and thoroughly enjoyed whipping us all at euchre with her cheating partner Clarence. I will remember those games in the kitchen, in the basement, and out in the yard. Bumming Luckys and Blue Ribbons from Clarence and drinking Ma’s homemade wine. My prayers are with her family and I hope they know we will all miss our “Ma”.

  2. Kenny, Franny/Jo, Kathryn, and Becky, so sorry to hear about your Mom! Always enjoyed it when the girls would be driving your mom around and honking the horn as they go by πŸ˜‰ She’s in heaven now, reunited with your Dad and “Big Al”, Thoughts and prayers to you all. Leo and Bev Dowd

  3. My Deepest Sympathy to the entire family. Know Thoughts and Prayers are with you during this difficult time of Loss of Loved one. May she rest in peace!

  4. My sympathy to the Franzen family. Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Patty Phillips

  5. Sending thoughts and prayers to Valeria”s children and family. Your mother was such a kind and giving lady. God bless. Larry and Marcia

  6. She was such a sweet resident I loved visiting her she was so sweet rest easy watch over us sending hugs to the family

  7. So sorry to hear about your Mom! You have our deepest sympathy! I am sure she is happy to be reunited with your Dad and Big Al!!

  8. Sorry for the loss to the Franzen family. We could not ask for better neighbors for the last 49 years. We have enjoyed their garden produce and baked items and more important their friendship. We miss our visits as she walked around the block since she entered the NHNR. She was a special person to her family and friends. Valeria, Clarence, and Big Al say some prayers for us.

  9. Always enjoyed visiting with her on her walks around the block. So pleasant and caring. You are now safe in the arms of the Lord. Prayers for the family.

  10. Deepest sympathy to the Franzen family. Your mom was always so sweet and kind. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. To All the Franzen Family I know we didn’t see Larry much but when we did I always enjoyed talking with her. May you all find peace in the arms of Jesus during this time of grief . Gerald & Judy Eichenberger

  12. We have been neighbors to this wonderful lady for 49 years!! She watched with a careful eye of the neighborhood kids growing up! She was was so caring and thoughtful to all, she will be missed!!

  13. Your folks have my sympathy, For your mom .She was a wonderful lady and always said hello to me and my mom. God bless you. Brenda & Gloria Parks

  14. We are sending our sympathy and prayers to the Franzen family. The memory of your family goes back many years. Remember the old silo plant ?

  15. Becky, Kathy and family, my deepest sympathy to all of you. Your mom was a very sweet lady. May you hold all the great memories close to your heart. God be with you during this time of grief. MaryAnn Onken Diesburg

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