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Evelyn Franson - March 11, 2011


Evelyn Ruth (Oltjenbruns) Franson was born Sept. 7, 1925 at the Lorena Olmstead maternity home in Holyoke, the daughter of Harry and Amelia Welper Oltjenbruns. She died March 11, 2011 in Aurora.

She was baptized Oct. 11, 1925 and confirmed in her Christian faith in April 1939 at Zion Lutheran Church in Holyoke by Reverend R. Einspahr.

Evelyn attended District No. 81-Lakeside grade school and moved with her family to a farm southwest of Amherst in 1939. She attended Phillips County High School and graduated in May 1942. She attended Central Business College in Denver and graduated in 1943. After graduating, she worked as a legal secretary in Denver.

Evelyn was united in marriage Feb. 9, 1947 to C. Harry Franson of the Fairfield community at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Amherst. Their first home was on a farm northeast of Haxtun. They moved to Amherst in August 1950. Evelyn lived there until 2008 when she moved to Aurora.

Evelyn’s interests included gardening, rock collecting and cooking. Another hobby was sewing, which she shared with others through many years as a 4-H leader. Evelyn taught Sunday School and VBS and was active in the Ladies Aid at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Franson; her parents; and her sister, Glendora Severson.

She is survived by her daughter, Ardell Zeiler and husband George of Aurora; son, Harold Franson and wife Vicki of Colorado Springs; step-grandson, Jeff Zeiler and wife Winter and their son Nicholas of Atlanta, Ga; grandson, Luke Franson and wife Carola of Frankfurt am Main, Germany; sister, Clara Heermann; brothers, Milton Oltjenbruns and wife Leona and Elton Oltjenbruns and wife Eunice; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Evelyn’s funeral service was held March 15 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Amherst. Interment followed at Amherst Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation—MMRF, 385 Main Avenue, 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851 or www.themmrf.org.

Gerk Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.