Dolores Franzen

Jan. 18, 1931 – March 14, 2020


Dolores Margret Franzen was born Jan. 18, 1931, in rural Burt, daughter of Stanley and Harriet (Schrader) Black. She was baptized and confirmed at the Burt United Methodist Church.

Dolores attended Burt High School. She married Lewis Franzen on Nov. 11, 1951, at the Burt United Methodist Church. They lived on a farm in rural Titonka where Lewis farmed. Dolores worked for the Timely Mission Nursing Home in Buffalo Center for 25 years and for the Titonka Care Center for several years. They moved into Titonka in 1985 after Lewis retired from farming. Dolores later moved to Algona, where she lived for the past few years.

Dolores enjoyed sewing, gardening and going to craft shows. Her greatest love was her family, spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church and the WELCA.

Dolores died Saturday, March 14, 2020, at the Algona Manor. She was 89.

Dolores is survived by her daughter Emogene Kurtzleben and her husband John of Titonka; daughter-in-law Jackie of Aurora, Mo.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Marlene Gifford of Burt and Jayne Burnett of Laurens; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Lewis (2001); sons, Larry (2017) and Dennis (2019); an infant son; grandson Jeff; sister Mary Evans and brother Gary Black. 

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 18, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Titonka with the Rev. S. Kim Peterson officiating. Interment was in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at 

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