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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 07 February 2018 18:18

Donald G. Franzen wasn’t picky when it came to fishing.
    Whether it was on Lake Michigan, Erie, Poygan, Big or Little Cedar or a host of others, his catch was “basically whatever bit the hook,” his daughter Susan said with a laugh.
    On Jan. 29, Mr. Franzen, 86, of Grafton, died at Lawlis Family Hospice in Mequon.
    He was born to Edward and Leona Bruss Franzen on March 31, 1931, in Cedarburg.
    After meeting his future wife at the county fair, he married Anita Kringel in 1952 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jackson.
    The following year, Mr. Franzen was drafted into the Army and served in the Korean War.
    Mr. Franzen enjoyed woodworking and made items such as coat racks, candleholders and gun cabinets.
    He enjoyed deer hunting and grew all kinds of produce in his garden for canning.
    Mr. Franzen was a member of the Rose Harms American Legion Post 355 in Grafton for 45 years and served as commander twice for two-year terms.
    He and his family of eight enjoyed trips up north, camping and seeing the countryside out West.
    Mr. Franzen was both outgoing and laid back, and had a good sense of humor, his daughter and wife said.
    He is survived by his wife, Anita;  children Shirley (Jeff) Greisch of Port Washington, Sharon Franzen of Grafton, Steven of Cedarburg, Scott (Jean) of Fredonia, Stuart (Wendy) of Saukville and Susan Franzen of Grafton; siblings all from the West Bend/Kewaskum area Judy (Dan) Survis, Darlene (Rodney) Aupperle, Pat (Bob) Friedemann, Douglas (Dawn), Roxanne (Joe) Sterr, and Edward (Pat); sister-in-laws Pauline Franzen and Arno Jobs; brother-in-law Franklin (Nancy) Kringel; grandchildren Heather, Bryan, Jason, Monique, Shawn, Bradly, Rachael, Miranda, Nicholas and Joshua; and nine great-grandchildren.
    Mr. Franzen was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Bernadine, Marcella and Audrey; brother Henry; and grandchildren Holly, Michael, Maria, Jamie and Allen.
    A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grafton. Rev. Scott Kruse will officiate.
    Visitation will be at the church from 11 a.m. until the the service.
    Memorials to the church or family are greatly appreciated.
    Mueller Funeral Home of Cedarburg handled the arrangements.

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