Mildred L. Franke
Mildred L. Franke
  • November 6, 1922 - April 14, 2017
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Mildred (Keltsch) Franke, 94, of Fort Wayne passed away surrounded by her family on April 14, 2017. Mildred was born on November 6, 1922. She was the daughter of the late Carl and Ida Keltsch. Mildred was a longtime member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. She worked at Fort Wayne Ice Delivery and Protective Electric. She married Robert "Bob" Franke and spent 69 years together. Mildred was a proud mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She loved and cared for all her children dearly. She loved bowling and served her church on Alter Guild. Her most memorable times were spent with all the family at the cottage at Crooked Lake which she left as a legacy to her family.

She is survived by her children, Cheryl (Ron) Daseler, Bruce (Mary Baker) Franke, Dean (Janet) Franke, and Stanley Franke; grandchildren, Colin (Kelly) Daseler, Aaron (Elizabeth) Daseler, Haley (Travis Blanchette) Daseler, Jennifer Franke, and Megan (Michael) Coccitto; step-grandchildren, Kyle Renkenberger, Jake Renkenberger, and Ally Gallmeier; and great-grandchildren, Ava, Henry, Leah, Presley, Parker, and Esther Mildred. Also her loving and dear sister, Ruth Cole of California and brothers-in-law, Ray and Roger Franke. Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and brothers, Donald and Maurice Keltsch.

Visitation will be Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Klaehn, Fahl, & Melton Funeral Home (6424 Winchester Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46819). Her funeral service will be Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 11:00 am at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (3705 S. Anthony Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46806) with visitation one hour prior at the church. Entombment will follow her funeral service at Concordia Gardens Cemetery (5300 Lake Ave, Fort Wayne, IN 46815).

Memorial contributions may be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church or Visiting Nurse Hospice.