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Valerie J. Franks

February 14, 1930 June 27, 2020
Valerie J. Franks
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Obituary for Valerie J. Franks

Valerie J. Franks passed away on June 27, 2020 at Buehler Home at the age of 90 years old. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Stella Kratzert. Valerie married Orville Franks on June 16, 1951 at St Mark’s Church. They cherished 69 years as husband and wife.

Valerie graduated from Academy of our Lady High School in 1947. She started her career with Caterpillar. Later, Val worked at Traders Realty as a real estate agent for 35 years.

She was active in the community, working as volunteer for St Francis’ Hospital and other organizations. She enjoyed participating in bridge club, St. Philomena parish, the Race for the Cure, and the Ivy Club.

Valerie’s smile always lit up a room; she was happiest when surrounded by friends and family. Her laughter was contagious; it could be heard from any room. She loved having a good time, whether it be dancing, bowling, jet skiing, or traveling, and age always took a back seat. Her competitive spirit and quick wit were always evident; she loved crossword puzzles and was always on the hunt for a good deal.

She is survived by her husband, Orville G. Franks; sister Dolores Ingersoll; daughter Laura Franks, son Steve Franks and daughter-in-law Karen; daughter Lynda Koontz and son-in-law Brian; son David Franks; and grandchildren Nick (Liz) Koontz, Samantha Koontz, Alex (Savannah) Koontz, and Michelle Franks.

Visitation will be held on July 7, 2020 from 9:30 am until time of Mass of Christian burial at 10:30 am at St. Philomena Catholic Church. Fr. David Richardson will officiate and burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery in West Peoria, Illinois.

Memorial donations may be made in Valerie’s memory to the Southside Office of Concern and the American Cancer Society.

Friends and family may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com.

Previous Events

Visitation

Tuesday

7

Jul

9:30 AM 7/7/2020 9:30:00 AM - 10:30 AM 7/7/2020 10:30:00 AM
St. Philomena Catholic Church

1000 W. Albany Ave
Peoria, IL 61604

St. Philomena Catholic Church
1000 W. Albany Ave Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Funeral Mass

Tuesday

7

Jul

10:30 AM 7/7/2020 10:30:00 AM
St. Philomena Catholic Church

1000 W. Albany Ave
Peoria, IL 61604

St. Philomena Catholic Church
1000 W. Albany Ave Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

St. Joseph Cemetery Final Resting Place

2105 W. Heading Ave.
West Peoria, IL 61604

2105 W. Heading Ave. West Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Southside Office of Concern

American Cancer Society

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