Donald Norbert Franke

Donald Norbert Franke, 68, of Mayville, town of LeRoy, died on Monday, Jan. 15, 2007, at Waupun Memorial Hospital.

He was born Sept. 3, 1938 in LeRoy to the late Alphonse and Erna (nee Gassner) Franke, and graduated from Mayville High School in 1956.

On April 30, 1960 he married Erma Sperger at St. Andrew Catholic Church, LeRoy. Together they farmed in the town of LeRoy.

Donald was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Oakfield, a member of the Dodge County Farm Bureau, director of the town of LeRoy Farm Bureau, a supporter of the Mayville and Oakfield FFA and a veteran of the National Guard, having served during the Berlin Crisis.

He also loved gardening, hunting and hand-dipped chocolates.

Survivors include his wife, Erma; three children, Scott (Laura) Franke of Fond du Lac, Mary (Jerry) Cooper of Richland Center and Kay (Peter) Mittelstadt of Lomira; grandchildren, Ashley, Ryley, Madison, Emily and Ethan; step-grandchildren, Michael (Gina) Zuehlke and Joe Zuehlke; step-great-grandchildren, Collin and Deszion; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents; a son, Myron; and a daughter, Cynthia.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church, Oakfield.

Father Michael Petersen will be the presider, and entombment will be in Ledgeview Memorial Park, Fond du Lac.

Visitation at the Koepsell Funeral Home, Mayville, will be held Thursday from 3 until 7 p.m., and also on Friday from 9 until 10 a.m. at the church.

Memorials may be directed to the Knowles Fire Department.

Donald was an organ and tissue donor.