|Birth: ||Jun. 5, 1928|
|Death: ||Oct. 19, 2003|
June M. Franzen
June M. Franzen died Sunday, Oct. 19 at St. Vincent Hospital. Franzen was 75. Memorial services will be Thursday, Oct. 23, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Labre Indian School, Ashland, MT 59004 or the Society of the Little Flower, 1313 Frontage Road, Darien, IL 60561-5340.
Arrangements are being handled by Bailey Funeral Home
June M. Franzen
June M. Franzen, 75, died Oct. 19 at St. Vincent Hospital. She was born in Leadville on June 5, 1928, to Frank and Mary (Fink) Zaitz, Jr. At the age of six, her father died and she grew up under the guidance of her stepfather, Sidney Olds. Olds was very good to Franzen and her son throughout his lifetime.
As a young girl, she attended St. Mary's Catholic School and then graduated from Lake County High School at the close of World War II. While in high school, Franzen worked in the family business, Zaitz Mercantile, as a "soda jerk" and later in the bookkeeping department, jobs she enjoyed very much and that gave her bases for operating a small business.
After graduation, she attended Colorado University for one year and decided that was not the place for her. Instead, she returned home to work at Zaitz Mercantile before going into business with Pauline Klune, opening the Korner Grocery Store at 8th and Poplar.
In the mid '60s, Franzen expanded the store and added a deli. She continued to operate the store until the early 1970's when she had to close the store. This was particularly sad for her, as it was evident that times were changing and there was no longer a place in Leadville for the small neighborhood grocery store. She would also speak often about how things had changed in the business and in the community.
In the mid '50s, Franzen also opened a ladies clothing shop which she named the "Cinderella Dress Shop" on Harrison Avenue, and she worked part time for her brother Bob at the "Cloud City Restaurant" in the Vendome Hotel, now the Tabor Grand, for many years. Franzen worked for several businesses after the close of the Korner Grocery, but decided that she found much more satisfaction working for herself.
She decided to get into the world of childcare and began her own daycare business before expanding into foster care for the Department of Social Services and Gateway Youth and Family Services.
She worked with children for 25 years, nurturing them, loving them and attempting to make their lives happier. There is no doubt in the minds of anyone who knew her that she had a profound impact on the lives of many children who had been abused and neglected.
While Franzen enjoyed all the children who came into her home, particularly the little ones, she truly found her niche with the teenage girls and enjoyed helping them to go out into the world. She often referred to the children in her home and those who passed thru her home as "her children" and occasionally these same children, now adults, that she had taken in over the years, would stop by to say "hi" and to eat some of her home cooking. Most recently, she worked at the High Country Restaurant and managed the Golden Burro for six years until her retirement two and a half years ago.
Franzen loved cooking, baking and traveling in her younger years. She was an avid reader and especially loved history chronicles and mysteries. One of her all-time favorite books was The Power Of Positive Thinking. She also enjoyed listening to music but most of all she enjoyed her time at home where she could sit outside in the sun looking at her beloved mountains. She was a life-long member of St.Joseph Catholic Church.
In 1959, she married Robert Franzen but divorced a short time later. Her pride and joy has always been her son Joey, her family, and her dogs, Sunshine, Cynnamon and Shadow. Her very special canine friend was Sunshine, a collie who gave her much love and companionship.
Franzen was preceded in death by her parents; step-father;
and brothers Joe and Frank Zaitz. She is survived by her son Joe Franzen; brother Bob (Mary Ellen) Zaitz; and sister-in-law Edith Seppi; all in Leadville; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Before her death, she was given last rites by her friend, Bonnie Cunningham.
A Memorial Mass was held on Oct. 23 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Father William Rhinehart officiated and Joan Dawson
sang accompanied by Jean Elliott. Following the services, her family received friends at a reception at the Parish Hall.
For many years, Franzen has contributed to two charities that were important to her. So in honor of her devotion to those organizations, those wishing may make memorial contributions to either the St. Labre Indian School, Ashland, MT, 59004, or to the Society of the Little Flower, 1313 Frontage Road, Darien, IL 60561-5340.
Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home.
June was cremated
Frank B Zaitz (1896 - 1934)
Mary A Fink Olds (1901 - 1973)
Frank J Zaitz (1921 - 1973)*
Joseph Lawrence Zaitz (1923 - 1951)*
June Miriam Zaitz Franzen (1928 - 2003)
Robert James Zaitz (1930 - 2007)*
Saint Joseph Cemetery
Created by: Mark Persons
Record added: Jan 19, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 83716071