Rose Franek

rose franek
Rose Marie Franek, 75, Fargo passed away Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at Essentia Health, Fargo surrounded by her family. Rose Marie was born on June 17, 1940 to Philip and Rose (Joos) Altringer in Jamestown, North Dakota. She grew up on a farm near Wimbledon where she went to school. She graduated from Wimbledon High School and went to work at Dakota National Bank. On September 11, 1965, Rose Marie married Jerry Franek in Wimbledon, ND. They lived in West Fargo until retiring and then moved to Fargo. Rose Marie volunteered at Sanford Hospital, which she enjoyed very much. She loved dancing, decorating and being with friends and family. Rose Marie’s biggest joy was her four grandchildren, Jacob, Jared and Joshua Franek, and Faith Marie Berger. She loved going to all of their sporting events and spending time with them. Rose was a dedicated wife and mother who always made time for her family. She is survived by her husband, Jerry, Fargo; children, Shawn (Laura), Harwood, ND, Michelle (Chris) Berger, Roseau, MN; brother, Don (Arlene) Altringer, Jamestown, ND; sisters, Dorothy Klein-Ost, Valley City, ND, Bonnie Nagel, Fargo, ND and 4 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Richard Altringer. Prayer Service: 2:00 P.M. Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo with visitation starting at 1:00 P.M. Mass of Christian Burial: 10:00 A.M. Monday, February 8, 2016 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, West Fargo with visitation starting at 9:00 A.M. Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Fargo.

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  1. So very sorry for the loss of rosemarie! She was a very sweet caring person and will be a special angel who will watch over all of you! I am so glad I got to know her! my sympathies to all of the family! May god bless you at this sad time!

  2. How does a person really know someone. I know many people in this life that I love and cherish and consider close to me, but I have yet to lose them. Losing Rosie is a new experience for me and I so wish I had the chance to see her one last time. I have some very simple words I wanted to share. She was a second mother to me and it is so difficult to reconcile that she has moved on even though I know it is a better place. I knew Rosie throughout my entire life but not throughout her entire life. As a child I practically grew up in her house, in addition to my own. She was so accepting; and I watched over many years as she nurtured Shawn, Michelle, King, and Jerry on a daily basis. She saw to their every need and protected them when required. I have never personally known someone with the daily strength and conviction that Rosie had.

    There are two pictures in this obituary. The first one is how I remember Rosie from the time I was a small child to current day. I know she changed in the last 45 years but she has remained an elegant, intelligent, hard working, and caring person to me for all those years. The second picture is such an amazing beautiful portrait of her. It is no wonder that Jerry married her and makes me wonder what wonderful things she experienced in life before dedicating herself to her family and community. I can only imagine that she had a great child hood, wonderful parents, loving siblings, rewarding challenges, and above all experienced love. How else could she have become the great person I have come to know and truly love even though I was not able to express that to her before she left.

    My prayer for Rosie is for an exciting journey to see her maker and reveille at the new challenges before her. I love you very much Rosie and expect to see you later than sooner but know you are helping to prepare a place for all of us that have loved and admired you so. God Bless and Godspeed.

  3. To the family of Rose ~ I am so sorry for your loss! I knew Rose when she was a patient here at Essentia in the Interventional Radiology department. She would bring in fresh baked treats every once in a while…..just because! I loved Rose’s smile & she always looked beautiful when she would come in. She would talk about her family with so much love! I am very blessed to have known Rose & will miss seeing her!
    Prayers, Lori Francisco, Radiology Essentia Health

  4. Such a lovely lady. I have fond memories of her and her family, some humorous moments too including weddings. She experienced a lot in her life. May she now dine in the Kingdom of God and may her memory live on in her family and friends.
    Jim Leith, Chaplain, Minneapolis

  5. The remainder of the Class of ’59 wish to send our condolences and prayers to “Sis” / “Rose” / “Rosie” / “Rose Marie” family. Guess we called her all those nicknames and her given name. She was so upbeat at the reunion last summer and just a week and half ago, she was really talking and laughing. Will miss that smile and giggle.
    Prayers to all. The Class of ’59.

  6. Jerry, my deepest sympathy to you over the loss of your wife. May the Lord grant you comfort and peace in the days ahead.

    From your old Forum co-worker, Bob Lind

  7. I am so very sorry, Michelle, to hear of your Mom’s passing. Please know that I am thinking of and praying for you and your family as you say good bye to such a special person. May you feel the comfort of God’s arms around you at this time.

  8. Losing someone we love is never easy, but knowing that we have been able to be a part of that persons life, we can feel blessed that we were able to share in that life. My sincere condolences. Revelation 21:4

  9. I worked with Rosie at Dakota National Bank and always enjoyed her sparkling personality and infectious laugh. I’m in Arizona for the winter and will be unable to attend the service for Rosie. She was a terrific lady and I will remember her fondly.

    Don Scott

  10. Uncle Jerry, Shawn & Michelle,
    My deepest sympathy to you and your families. Although I am not able to be with you to celebrate Rosie’s life my thoughts & prayers are with you and your family. May all the happy memories fill the sadness in your hearts. I will also remember Aunt Rosie’s beautiful smile & joyful laugh that would always make me laugh.
    Stephanie Castiglia (Wilson)

  11. Michelle, It is with great sadness that we learned about the death of your mother. It was very apparent that Rose was enormously proud of her family, especially her grandchildren. I have known her only a few years but she was such a friendly and caring person, always thinking of others. Her special treats for the lake were always appreciated. My heart goes out to you during this difficult time. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

  12. Shawn, Laura and boys
    So extremely sorry to hear about your loss of your mom, grandmother. She was always at all the wrestling tournaments and found her way to the floor as close to the mat as she could to cheer on her grandsons. Sending you our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
    Darren, Sherry, Mercedes and Dakota

  13. Shawn, Laura and Family~

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Know that you are all in our Thoughts and Prayers.

    Jeff Teal, Jodell and Brody Farmer

  14. Jerry, Shawn & Michelle,
    I am so sorry to learn of Rose Marie’s death. I remember her as a smiling, kind and hard working mom! May God be with you and grant you peace.

  15. We were very saddened to read in the paper this morning about Rose’s passing. It was always nice to see her smiling face and loving support at cross country, wrestling, and track.
    (((Hugs))) and prayers to you.
    The Skaare Family

  16. Roses come in all colors We’ll miss you Aunt Rose Marie
    Of the rainbow
    Some are big, some are small
    Every one is unique

    Are like
    Individually special
    Every one precious

  17. So sorry for your loss Rose Marie. She was always such a sweet heart. Really had a lot of fun in high school .
    So glad she made our class reunions. Talked to her at xmas we had a few good laughs sharing our old memories. God Bless you all.
    Glady (Crites) Turnquist

  18. I have many wonderful memories with Michelle and her mom Rose from high school. She was always kind and enjoyed having us around. So very sorry to hear of her loss. My prayers for her and her family.

  19. So sorry to hear about the loss of your mother, Shawn and Michelle, she was one special person. Thoughts and prayers to you both and your families.

  20. I am deeply saddened at the loss of my dear friend, Rose Marie. I met Rose Marie several years ago and my professional relationship carried over into a personal friendship with Rose Marie. I have met few people in my life that resonates such positivity and Rose Marie is among those at the top of that short list! I will never forget the day that Rose Marie showed up at my office. She thought it needed a little “sprucing up” and made me a beautiful and huge grapevine wreath for my wall. She delivered it with hammer and nails in hand, ordered me to clear my desk, got up on my chair, climbed on my desk and hung the wreath, all before I could say a word! I guess she loved to climb. This was evidenced again when I introduced her to Norwex and dropped the cloths at her front door to try. I received a phone call at 8:00 a.m. the following morning. In her gravely voice, Rose Marie stated, “I bet you can’t guess where I am.” I replied, “Rose Marie, are you ok?” She stated, “I’m great. I’m on my countertop cleaning the top of my kitchen cabinets! I’ve been up all night cleaning. I can’t stop!” I laughed until I hurt, then ordered her to get down off her countertop! Rose Marie called me a few weeks ago to tell me that her cancer had returned. But before she did, she insisted on getting an update on my health and that of my husbands. That was who she was… selfless and caring, full of love and laughter. It was my sincere pleasure to have known Rose Marie, to call her my friend. I will dearly miss her!

  21. Dear Jerry,

    So sorry to hear of Rose…… thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  22. Uncle Jerry, Michele and Shawn,

    We are thinking of you all and sending our prayers with lots of hugs. As my Emma says, “Mom she is a beautiful angel”. I know that she will watch over us all. We hope that your memories will help comfort you and provide you with a sense of peace during this time. I know I will always remember her laugh as it always made others around laugh and brightened a room. Our deepest sympathy to you all and your families.

  23. Hi Michelle- My sincere condolences to you . I was sad for you when I read of your Mom’s passing. I only knew Rose through you but I enjoyed the pictorial tribute to her through the funeral home. I know you always spoke fondly of her and I know your family has been through a lot. She must have been a wonderful person to have raised such a fabulous daughter. Sincere sympathies to all your family. I love you, Michelle.

  24. I just read this from the paper and I’m so sorry that I missed the service for Rose. I haven’t seen Rose for some time but the last time we shared a laugh and a tug of an arm. May her memory live forever in your hearts ans minds. Take care Mari Beth Reitmeier

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