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Ferne E. Franz

Published: Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 1:15 a.m. CDT

DIXON – Ferne E. Franz, 87, of Dixon, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at Heritage Square in Dixon. 

She was born Dec. 26, 1924, in Woodland Township, in Carroll County, the daughter of Walter and Mina (Rohde) Hoffman. She graduated from Mount Carroll High School in 1942. Ferne began her working career with A&P Groceries. With her husband, she managed the A&P grocery stores in Mount Carroll, Geneseo and Dixon for many years. Later, Ferne worked for 40 years in the Dixon Township assessor's office and became the township assessor. 

She married John E. Franz on Jan. 23, 1947, in Mount Carroll. He preceded her in death on Feb. 14, 1975.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Grace Geisz and Faythe Roche; and two stepdaughters, Mary Louise Allegar and Marguerite Babel.

Survivors include three nieces, Alice (Harlan) Ehmen of LaMoille, June (Richard) Houzenga of Thomson, and Janet (Pastor James) Rath of Lake Mills, Wis; eight great-nieces and great-nephews; six great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; and five step-grandchildren, John Schmidt, David Schmidt, Barbara Davis, Diane Neri, and Jackie Babel.

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Heritage Square Chapel in Dixon, with Pastor James Rath officiating. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Jones Funeral Home in Dixon.

A memorial has been established to Heritage Square. 

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