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Obituary - Ann L. Franz

Ann L. Franz

Date of Passing: May 27th, 2020

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Ann L. Franz of New Hartford, NY, and Vero Beach, FL, died Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at the Lutheran Home in Clinton, NY. Her family was fortunate to be at her side. Ann Rita Lynn was born to Anthony and Bridget Gallagher Lynn on November 7, 1923, in Syracuse, NY, and grew up at 713 Spencer Street. She was extremely proud of her Irish heritage, as both her parents were born in County Mayo, Ireland. Ann shared her memories filled with stories and adventures of the "Greenhorns", Irish immigrants who spent time at "#713." Through the Great Depression, her parents set the example to help and guide those in need. Generosity was demonstrated by Ann in her interactions with all who enjoyed her company throughout her long life. Ann attended Syracuse schools, graduating from St John the Evangelist HS. After attending Syracuse Business School, Ann worked for the U.S. Army Air Corps during WW II. She managed the Mail Department at the Syracuse Fairgrounds Depot. Ann met her future husband, Richard, also of Syracuse, on a blind date after he returned from active duty in the Pacific. They married in 1946 and enjoyed 49 years together. Central NY was where they raised their family until they retired together to Florida in 1987. Throughout her life, Ann focused on her family. After her children were grown, she resumed work outside the home. When time allowed, Ann pursued gardening, wine making, canning, drawing and painting. After retirement, Ann returned to her true love of painting. Scenes of nature and wild animals were her favorite subjects. Her paintings are treasured artwork in the homes of her children and grandchildren. One of Ann's greatest joys was time spent with her grandchildren. Ann believed each person should live their own life. Her only admonishment was "Be Nice To Each Other." Ann was predeceased by her husband, Richard C; and her children, Maureen, Martha and Theodore J. Franz. She was the last survivor of the Spencer Street Lynn family. Ann was predeceased by her sisters, Kathleen Leskoske, Mary Pedro and Agnes Ehle; and her brothers, John, James, and Joseph Lynn. Ann is survived by her children, R. Michael Franz of Johannesburg RSA, Elizabeth A. Franz (Kevin Kehoe) of Utica, Mary F. Schepisi (Robert) of New Hartford, Barbara J. Franz (Charlie Assatly) of St Augustine, FL, and John A. Franz (Charity Harbeck) of Littleton NC. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Elizabeth S. Fossum (Eric), John Schepisi, Michael Schepisi, Gregory Franz (Lawrence Long) and Nicholas Franz (Taylor); and numerous loved nieces, nephews, and godchildren. Ann is also survived by brother-in-law, Charles Franz; his wife Joan; and sister-in-law, Carol Franz. Due to current health restrictions, a private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Historic Old St. John's Church, Utica. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery. The Franz family is deeply grateful to the staff of Valleycrest Unit at the Lutheran Home. The care of and kindness to Ann during her stay was exceptional. In memory of Ann L. Franz, kindly consider the charity closest to your heart. Arrangements are with Mark C. Bentz Funeral Service, Inc., New Hartford, NY.

Condolences:

Mary: We were so sorry to hear your mother had passed away. Her obituary reflects a life well lived with great memories for all. Please contact us..we would love to re-connect...next year makes it 50 years out of UCA.
Donna DeLuca

Dear cousins
I'm so sorry to hear about Ann's passing. I have fond memories of my Mom and Dad, Marie and Larry, taking us to visit you, Ann and Dick for summer barbecues. We always had a very good time.
Ann was able to attend my parents 50th Anniversary some years ago in Syracuse which made my folks very happy and allowed us to catch up.
Steve Franz

Mary,

I am so sorry about your mother's passing. She was a very nice lady.

Sincerely,
Maureen
Maureen Farley

Mary and family,
I'm sorry to read of the loss of your Mom.
From reading of her life in her beautifully written history, I can only imagine the many fun and loving memories that will be shared for generations.
The Depression and WWII made strong survivors of so many of our parents and also encouraged them to live life to the fullest.
Peace and understanding being sent to all.

Nancy Cox Marafioti

My dear cousins, as you know your Mom will be dearly missed by all of us. Aunt Ann was not only a great Aunt also a friend. We had many wonderful visits and conversations. She had a wonderful calm, caring, love for all of us. I have many great memories and a smile on my face when I think of her. Love to all of you.
Margaret Schotter

My dear cousins, as you know your Mom will be dearly missed by all of us. Aunt Ann was not only a great Aunt also a friend. We had many wonderful visits and conversations. She had a wonderful calm, caring, love for all of us. I have many great memories and a smile on my face when I think of her. Love to all of you. ❤🙏😥
Margaret Schotter

To all the Franz Family

Edward and I send our condolences to all of you. Aunt Ann will be missed by her family and by us. May she rest in peace as she is reunited with many family members who have passed before her.. Sending love and prayers.
Love , Kathleen and Edward Kelley

Kathleen L Kelley

Dear Cousins,
Grieving is the price we pay for loving Aunt Ann so much. Heaven has gained another angel to watch over our clan here on Earth. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Love,
Patricia & Jim
Patricia Kelley

Tom and I send our condolences to all food the family. It is So I was that they are now all gone, but there are so many wonderful memories we share. Godspeed, Aunt Ann. We will miss you. You will always remain in our hearts.
Sue and Tom Leskoske and family

Dear Cousins,
We're so sorry for the loss of your Mom/Grandma. I'm so glad I got to visit her at least once when she was in New Hartford. I'm sure all the Lynn "girls" and Uncle John are having a wonderful party in Heaven. I'll miss my Godmother.
Love, Mary and Marty
Mary Sherman

We are so sorry for the loss of your mother and grandmother Ann. She was a special lady and will be remembered fondly. Our deepest sympathies to all of you. Love. Roxanne and Jeff
Roxanne and Jeff Toczydlowski

I spent countless hours with Mrs Franz and their family as one of the many kids that grew up on Colonial Dr. during a time when kids were outside having fun whenever possible regardless of the weather. My memories of her are vivid and full of emotion as she treated me like a son both with love and correction when needed. I feel very fortunate and blessed to have grown up sharing my upbringing with the Franz family and Mrs. Franz as a second mom. RIP love Dave
Dave Levitt