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Harold Franzen

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Harold Albert Franzen age 86 of Fredericksburg, IA, died Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at Linn Haven Rehab and Healthcare in New Hampton. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at Trinity Lutheran Church, New Hampton, with Rev. Kevin Frey presiding. Interment will be in the New Hampton City with his grandchildren serving as pallbearers. Friends may greet the family 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday, April 26, 2019, at the Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home and Crematory in Fredericksburg. Visitation continues an hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Harold Albert Franzen was born October 21, 1932, in rural New Hampton, IA, the son of Albert and Elsie (Parson) Franzen. He attended rural country school and as a young man was active in the 4-H programs. After working on Valentines Day, February 14, in 1957, he attended a dance in Lawler and met the love of his life, Jannette Mulling. The couple were married on November 2, that same year at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hampton. The couple initially lived near Jerico and then south of New Hampton a couple years before moving to their current home west of Fredericksburg. Harold had worked at John Deere in the off-season during farming and also for the former BP Silo Company in New Hampton. He also worked for The Fredericksburg Produce Association, the stockyards and Cahoy Plumbing and Heating until retiring. Harold’s love for the outdoors was timeless. He learned to hunt and fish and did so until he just could no longer do it. He and Jannette are known for their huge garden and Harold loved selling the sweet corn. He enjoyed raising hogs on the farm as well. Whenever the family was together or he was with friends, you would usually find a deck of cards and maybe an Old Milwaukee or two. As his children grew, he made sure he attended nearly all the events where they participated. In his later years, he just enjoyed getting out and going for a ride, whether checking on the crops or checking up on his family. He was known most lovingly by his family as being just a ‘little stubborn’. He will be dearly missed by them all. Survivors include his wife, Jannette; three children, James (Dorreen) Franzen of Fredericksburg, Barbara (Keith) Olsen of Atlantic, IA, Robert (Becky) Franzen of West Salem, WI; grandchildren, Brett (Kerrie) Franzen, Brittany (Travis) McNeil, Brianna (Andy) Drewelow, Jared (Beth) Olsen, Jonathan (Miranda) Olsen, Alyssa Franzen (Mike), Nicole Franzen, Holly Franzen (Zach), great-grandchildren, Kensi & Calen Franzen, Keira & Jack McNeil, Kiptyn Drewelow, Madelyn & Witten Olsen, Elsie & Brady Olsen and baby McNeil on the way; sisters-in-law, Arlene (Vic) Lahr of Cudahy, WI, Geraldine Guenther of Denver, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Donna (Johnny) Nissen; brothers-in-law, Carl Mulling Jr., Dave Guenther; sisters-in-law, Gloria (Horace) Cross, LaVonne (Jim) Zimmerman.

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  1. To the Whole Franzen Family, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband, Dad, father in law, grandpa and great grandpa. He was a GREAT person and always had the best fresh green beans. He will be missed by many but always remember the great memories yall had with him. RIP Harold

  2. He was always concerned about you. But my favorite memories were just listening to his stories. He had very interesting stories and I loved his enthusiasm in telling them. God Bless Harold and his Family, Gary and Linda

  3. I remember Harold going fishing and hunting with my parents. Russ & Adala Springmier. He always gave me a bad time in a fun way. May all the Family be comforted by the Gift of Grace. Sorry for your loss.

  4. Sending our deepest sympathies!! You are all in our thoughts and prayers! Stephen and Shelley Stalder

  5. Jannette and Family, So very sorry for your loss. I remember the times being together and enjoying visiting with Harold and of course his many stories and laughter, along with Dave and Jerry (Sam) chiming in. Thoughts and prayers go out to all of you and may he be in a better place and now at peace.

  6. May the memories of your loved one console you in the next days. All our thoughts and prayers to his family. Jeanne and David Roder

  7. To the family, My condolences for the loss of your dear loved one. Losing someone that you hold dear to your heat is very hard, and words can not seem to express the pain and heartache you are going through. I hope that the words promised at Revelation 21:4 and John 5:28,29 can comfort you in your time of need.


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