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Lois J. Franz, 87, of Decatur, passed away at 4:03 p.m. onSaturday, May 25, 2013, at Woodcrest Nursing Center.
Lois was born Tuesday, February 9, 1926, in Adams County to the late Simon A. and Frances E. (Emenhiser) Lehrman.
She married Arthur E. Franz on June 4, 1949, at East Liberty United Methodist Church in rural Monroeville; he passed away on March 29, 1989.
Lois was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Decatur and of Live & Learn Home Economics Club. In addition to spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, Lois enjoyed quilting, crocheting, spinning, and weaving. She submitted her crafts in local festivals and the UAW Region 3 Retirees Hobby Show, where she won several ribbons. She also enjoyed growing African Violets.
She was a homemaker. Prior to starting her family, Lois was employed at International Harvestor in Fort Wayne. She also volunteered her time by serving on the Adams County Election Board for over 30 years.
Among survivors are four sons, Dale (JoAnna) Franz of Plant City, Fla.; Lynn (Patsy) Franz, Wayne (Denise) Franz, and Arlen (companion Jennifer Yeager) Franz, all of Decatur; daughter, Dianne (Gary) Miller of Lafayette, Ind.; sister, Florence Shady of Decatur; eight grandchildren, Bridget (Jay) Whittaker, Matthew (Christy) Franz, Michael (Mandy) Franz, Wayne (Jessica) Miller, Melissa (Cary) Arner, Kay (Josh) Perry, Kevin Franz, and Samantha Franz; two stepgrandchildren, Brittany Weiland and Bryan (fianceè Courtney Williamson) Weiland; nine great-grandchildren, Makayla, Shelby, and Jaden Franz, Makenzy and Reed Miller, Gavin and Claire Arner, Jadyn Whittaker, and Joey Franz; and four step-great-grandchildren, Heather Whittaker, and Carson, Hayden, and Chace Weiland.
Lois was preceded in death by a son, Gayle Franz; and three brothers, Harold, Carl, and Glen Lehrman.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Monday, June 3, at Zion Lutheran Church.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church, with Rev. Phil Phifer officiating.
Burial will follow in Decatur Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to Zion Lutheran Church, Decatur.
Online condolences may be made at www.zwickjahn.com.