Judith F. “Judy” Franz

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Judith F. “Judy” Franz, 67 of Iowa City died Thursday, April 9, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Judith Faye Lee was born Sept. 12, 1947, in Ada, Minn., the daughter of Donald E. and Phyllis (Palm) Lee. She was united in marriage to Allyn R. “Al” Franz on June 25, 1967, in McGregor, Iowa. The couple moved to Iowa City in 1968 where they began their family and she started her career. She was employed by a number of businesses in the Iowa City area over the years, including Iowa-Illinois Gas & Electric, University of Iowa, PIP Printing, ACT, Wave Length, and MCI. Judy dearly enjoyed many things in life, including family vacations, camping at the reservoir and Koch’s Lake near Tipton, and bowling and socializing at Plamor Lanes. She supported the Minnesota Vikings and Twins as they were from her home state. But most of all, dearest to her heart was caring and supporting her kids and grandkids in all their activities. From Samuelson Elementary, Meredith Middle School, and Hoover High School in Des Moines to Grant Wood Elementary, South East Junior High, and City High School in Iowa City. She also enjoyed cheering on the college teams that her family supported; Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota and NDSU!

Her family includes daughter, Jennifer Peter (Brian) of Des Moines; son, Jeff Franz (Cathe) of Iowa City; grandchildren, Anya, Tommy, Laina and Molly Peter; and Andrew and Nile Franz; great-grandchildren, Joey Jacobson and Nadya Caroline Jones; brother, Dewey Lee (Stephanie) of Ada, Minn.; brother-in-law, Tom Franz (Gerri) of Cedar Rapids; and aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and her faithful companion Honey.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Al; her parents and Al’s parents.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 17, at the First Presbyterian Church in Iowa City, with burial at the Oakland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in her memory. Online condolences may be sent for her family through the web at www.gayandciha.com.

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