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Katheryne "Katie" Mattie (Kriesel) Franson

August 15, 1932 ~ December 21, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old

Katheryne "Katie" Franson Obituary

Katheryne "Katie" (Kriesel) Franson, 91, of Eau Claire went home to be with her Savior on Thursday, December 21, 2023. Katie last resided at Heatherwood Assisted Living & Memory Care in Eau Claire. She was born on August 15, 1932 at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire, a daughter of Aweld and Cora (Gilbertson) Kriesel.

Katie loved fishing, playing cards, dancing, camping, playing softball and was a self-described and proud tomboy. She even visited at a dude ranch in Colorado when she was 16 and flew solo in a Piper Cub light aircraft when she was 15. Katie worked in the office of US Rubber/Uniroyal, but also took great pride and fulfillment in being a wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, homemaker, fun maker and party planner. She spent many mornings and afternoons leading sing-alongs, line dances and throwing parties for many holidays at the Oakwood Villa and Clearwater Care Center (The Clairmont). She was known for her gift of gab and her ability to make friends with or cheer anyone up. She is truly one of God's children and even though we know she is in Heaven, we'll really miss her.

Katie met her husband Irving "Tom" Franson at Fournier's Dance Hall in 1948 and they were married in August of 1955 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. Tom and Katie built their own home on County Road B in Eau Claire and soon filled it with a family. Katie is survived by her three sons: Brian (Bonnie) Franson of Poynette, WI, Keith (Jolene Anderson) Franson of Eau Claire and Mark (Karen) Franson of Eau Claire; seven grandchildren: Zachary, Carrie (Otis) Hosley, Erin, Amanda (Edward) Derrick, Lauren (Joel) Albrecht, Thomas and Wesley; and five great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Irving "Tom," her parents, Aweld & Cora Kriesel and her sister Margaret Kriesel.

Visitation for friends and family will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, January 5, 2024 at WEST CHAPEL - Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral & Cremation Services, 1405 Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire, WI. Private victory service for family and burial proceedings to follow. Online condolences may be shared at

In lieu of flowers or memorial gifts, please consider making a donation to Feed My People Food Bank in Katie's name.

Katie's family would like to thank the staff of Heatherwood Assisted Living & Memory Care as well as Mayo Hospice for the excellent care, love and support they showed to Katie and her loved ones.

"I will lift up my eyes to the hills. From whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. The LORD will keep you from all evil; He will keep your life. The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore."
~Psalm 121

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January 5, 2024

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
WEST CHAPEL Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral Home
1405 N. Clairemont Ave
Eau Clarie, WI 54703


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