April 17, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
April 17, 2016
- 7:30 PM
April 18, 2016
- 10:30 AM with a visitation one hour prior
Markus Franck was born January 18, 1947 to Markus and Ida (Ternes) Franck. They were farmers, in rural Strasburg, North Dakota, two miles east of Holy Trinity parish. In his mid-teens, he took over the family farm. A few years later, in 1967, he fell in love with and married Helen Aberle, from St. Boniface parish, rural Kintyre. On April 08, 2016, they celebrated 49 years of marriage. Markus and Helen moved from Strasburg to Kintyre in 1970, and to West Fargo in 2007.
In addition to farming, Markus also worked as an auctioneer. When he moved to West Fargo, he worked at Tecton. In his final years, he started his own wood working and glass etching business. He belonged to the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus Assembly, and the Blue Army, the apostolate of Our Lady of Fatima. Markus frequently helped his neighbors with all sorts of projects. He enjoyed singing in the St. Boniface church choir, playing cards, eating German food, listening to music, and telling stories. More than these, Markus enjoyed people. Frequently the optimist, as a son, brother, husband, dad and grandpa, he filled our lives with much joy.
Above all, Markus is a man of faith. His parishes included Holy Trinity (rural Strasburg), Sts. Peter and Paul (Strasburg), St. Boniface (Kintyre), and finally Holy Cross Catholic Church. He often went to daily Mass, and prayed the Rosary even in his final hours. One story he often told was about the missionary priest who asked the group to pick their five favorite things, ultimately requiring them to pick only one. In conclusion, the missionary priest noted that if God was not the one they chose as number one, they chose poorly. The tale stuck with him, and he told it often, as a way to remind us of the importance of loving Jesus Christ above every thing and every one. Markus maintains a special love for Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and Saint Anthony. He tirelessly shared the Catholic faith with anyone who would listen (and those who would not). His last few years, especially the last few months, he frequently offered up his sufferings for the sake of us, his family and friends, and those who had no one to pray for them. He desires that we and all the world would come to know the great love and mercy of Jesus Christ, the one Lord and Saviour.
Markus is survived by his wife, Helen, West Fargo; five children and their spouses—Stella and Greg Jeffrey, Kevin and Carol (Kurle) Franck, Brian and Tamee (Milbrath) Franck, Rhonda and Joseph Meyer, and Trina and Craig Michels—and 20 grandchildren, ages 18 to awaiting birth in June – Kendra, Tyler, Morgan, Zerian, Zavior, Zeanna, Zakara, Zakita, Zakala, Zohrak, ZsaEve, baby Z, Terez, Felicity, Magdalene, Cyprian, Roman, Basil, Ruth, and Isaac; and two sisters – Betty (Joe) Vogel and Marie Swallow. He was preceded in death by his parents, Markus and Ida Franck, one sister, Alvina and three days prior to his own death, his brother, Joe (Helen) Franck, ever-committed to being his older brother showing him the way in this world and into the next.