Dorothy Jane (Valerio) Franzen

July 22, 1934 ~ October 8, 2022 (age 88) 88 Years Old

Dorothy Franzen Obituary

Dorothy Jane (Valerio) Franzen, 88 of Dadeville, Al died peacefully at her home on October 8, 2022.


Dorothy Jane (Valerio) Franzen was born on July 22, 1934 in Chicago, Il. To Donald and Jewel Valerio.  Dorothy Jane Valerio married Harold George Franzen on May 23, 1953. They were married for 68 wonderful years. Harold proceeded her in death on January 27, 2022. They had 5 beautiful daughters and she stayed home to raise each of them.  She was a devoted wife and mother. She was a great cook and loved cooking for anyone. If you ever left her house hungry it was your own fault because she always feed anyone, and always cooked for an army. She never got her driver’s license, but could definitely tell you how to drive! In her younger years she loved bowling and was on a bowling league. She also loved playing cards. She was a member of a bridge club. She volunteered for many years at her children’s elementary school in the library. She also did Braille transcription. She transcribed regular books into Braille books.  She loved her grandchildren more than anything. She loved playing games with them, especially Michigan Rummy!


Dorothy was a member of Sardis United Methodist Church in Dadeville. She loved her church family and her Pastor, Stephen King.


Dorothy is survived by her four daughters, Pamela Franzen of St. Louis, MO, Cheryl Franzen Wisdom of Wright City, MO, Renee Franzen Lowe and husband Paul of Dadeville, AL and Cherie Franzen Stevens and husband Mark of Montgomery City, MO.  Grandchildren Sara Jones, Danielle Jones (Wayne Black), Christopher Jones (Susan), Alexius Lowe, Ashley Atkins (Brian), Nichole Borgers (Jeff), Samantha Thalhammer (Thomas), Shauna Curless (Nathan), and Luke Stevens (Abby).  Great Grandchildren- Daysia Jones, Jaden Black, Oliver Hyde, Anna Grace & Xander Atkins, Meggan Jones, Amalia Curless, Jake Borgers and Walker Stevens.  Also surviving her only sister Judy Valerio Pociecha, sisters in law Charlotte Tehako, Linda Jakes and Lindy Franzen and many nieces and nephews.  Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents Donald Valerio, Jewel Valerio, her husband Harold Franzen, her daughter Catherine Ann Franzen, son in law Richard Jones, son in law James Wisdom and grandson Tyler Stevens.


She was deeply loved by her family and friends and we were all blessed for having known her.  We will miss our Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, Sister and friend.


A celebration of her life will be held at 11 am on Saturday, November 26, 2022 at Sardis United Methodist Church in Dadeville, AL.  Brother Stephen King will officiate. Memorial contributions can be made to Sardis United Methodist Church.

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Memorial Service
November 26, 2022

11:00 AM
Sardis United Methodist Church
10397 SR 50
Dadeville, AL 36853


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