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Albin Alexander "Kit" Franks
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Birth: Feb. 8, 1912
Toledo
Lucas County
Ohio, USA
Death: May 10, 1995
Perrysburg
Wood County
Ohio, USA


Albin Alexander FRANKS "Kit" was born on 8 Feb 1912 in Toledo, OH. He died on 10 May 1995 in Perrysburg, OH. He was buried in Toledo, OH / Woodlawn Cemetery Sec 44. He married Virginia Harriet BROWN on 17 Jun 1939 in Maumee, OH / St. Pauls Episcopal Church.

Albin Alexander FRANKKOWSKI legally changed his name to FRANKS 19 Oct 1938. Obituary from the Toledo Blade newspaper:

Albin A. Franks, 83, of Yosemite Drive, passed away Wednesday, May 10, 1995, at Heartland of Perrysburg, where he had been living since October 1994. He was the son of Louis and Jenny, born on February 8, 1912, and a graduate of the Woodward High School Class of 1930. He made his early career in the hotel industry in Toledo as a chef at the former Secor and Hillcrest Hotels. During World War II, he worked at the former Willys-Overland as an inspector on the final assembly line for Jeeps. He continued in that capacity until the end of the Korean Conflict. In the early 1950s, Al was the manager of the Downtown Toledo YMCA Bar & Grill. He then worked for the former Tilenious & Randolph Company as a tool and die maker until his retirement in 1977. He married the former Virginia Harriet Brown of Maumee on June 17, 1939, in St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Maumee. They spent 43 happy years of marriage together in their South Toledo home, where Al was an avid gardener, raising many varieties of flowers, bushes, and trees. They enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, during which time he exercised his hobby of amateur photography and assembled a very large collection of pictures, slides, and movies. In the local neighborhood, Al was known as the local handyman, who could repair just about anything that needed fixing, performing many home remodeling projects for friends and neighbors. He was a member of Park Congregational Church and the men's "Alley Oops' maintenance and repair crew for many years. Al was preceded In death by his beloved wife, Virginia, In 1982; his brothers, Frank, Sigmund, Hilary (Larry), and his sister, Irene. He is survived by his sons, David (Cheryl) of Maumee, Gary (Lori) of Perrysburg, Neal (Carla) of Huntington Beach, CA, and Dennis (Gretchen) of Bellevue, WA. Also surviving are grandchildren Andre, Aaron, Gary (Amy), Kristin, Eric, and Renee. Friends and neighbors may call at the Maison-Dardenne Funeral Home in Maumee after 6 p.m. Thursday, and after 2 p.m. Friday. Services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 1 p.m., with Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery. The family requests that tributes and memorials be in the form of donations to the church.

Obituary feature article from the Toledo Blade newspaper / Midred Benson, Blade Staff Writer:

Albin Franks Was Chef at Several Hotels in City

Albin A. Franks, 83, formerly of Yosemite Drive, who worked as a chef at most of downtown Toledo's historic hotels, died Wednesday in the Heartland of Perrysburg, where he lived since October, 1994. Mr. Franks, who also was a re-tired tool and die maker and his neighborhood's popular handyman, suffered from Alzheimer's disease, but had lived independently in his home until recently, said his eldest son, David Franks. A graduate of Woodward High School, Mr. Franks spent his earliest childhood years at the former Miami Children's Home, Maumee. "He returned to his own home at about age 13," his son recalled. "His mother was deceased, but I think he picked up cooking from his father. He became a chef at the old Commodore Perry Hotel, the Secor Hotel, the Hillcrest, and at Angelo's Spaghetti House." In the early 1950s, Mr. Franks became manager of the downtown Toledo YMCA grill. During World War II, he worked at the former Willys-Overland Corp. as an inspector on the final assembly line for Jeeps, continuing until the end of the Korean Conflict. Most recently, he was with the former Tilenious & Randolph Co., Canton Avenue, as a tool and diemaker. After retirement in 1977, his father never lacked for occupation, David Franks said. He was highly popular neighborhood handyman, and often did not charge for his services, his son said. Mr. Franks had helped build his own bungalow, and made it a showplace of flowers and shrubbery. He tried very hard to continue living independently after he became ill, his son added. For 45 years, he was married to the late Virginia Harriet Brown of Maumee. She died in 1982. 'My parents traveled a lot, and took their four sons with them," David Franks recalled. "At first it was by train, then bus, and finally by car." He said he never forgot one of the early 1950s trips in the family auto, loaded with luggage and six people. "We traveled to Thompson's Canyon and it gave me my first impression of the Rockies - 7,000 miles in five weeks." Mr. Franks became a prize-winning amateur photographer, maintained his own darkroom, and had a large collection of pictures, slides, and movies, his son said. "My father truly was a first-class person. Always a smile on his face, and he loved to tell jokes." Mr. Franks was a member of Park Congregational Church and the men's "Alley Oops" maintenance and repair crew for many years. Also surviving are sons Gary, Neal, and Dennis, and six grandchildren. Services will be at 1 p.m. tomorrow in the Maison-Dardenne Funeral Home, Maumee. The family requests tributes to Park Congregational Church.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Louis James Frankowski (1875 - 1953)
  Ionna Jennie Frankowski (1875 - 1915)
 
 Spouse:
  Virginia Harriet Brown Franks (1916 - 1982)*
 
 Children:
  David Brown Franks (1941 - 1995)*
  Dennis Scott Franks (1951 - 2015)*
 
 Siblings:
  Raymond Albert Frankowski (1900 - 1902)*
  Frank Clayton Reed (1902 - 1979)*
  Harry Clemens Frankowski (1903 - 1903)*
  Sigmund Frank Reed (1905 - 1980)*
  Hilary Fabian Frankowski (1907 - 1971)*
  Irene Florentina Franks (1909 - 1988)*
  Albin Alexander Franks (1912 - 1995)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Woodlawn Cemetery
Toledo
Lucas County
Ohio, USA
 
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Record added: Jul 26, 2010
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