KINGSFORD - Franziska A. Lindstrom Henry, 76, of Kingsford, passed away peacefully with her children by her side on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, at Evergreen Assisted Living, where she had been a resident since March 2012.
Franzi was born June 19, 1936, in Czechoslovakia, daughter of the late Johann and Franziska (Schiebel) Schwanzer. At the age of nine, she and her family moved to Igling, Germany, where she graduated high school, and attended college.
She married Bruce Lindstrom in Germany on Dec. 21, 1957. From there, they moved to East Lansing, Mich., where she worked at Michigan State University while her husband attended college. She later moved to Lombard, Ill. in 1966, and eventually to Iron Mountain in 1972.
Franzi obtained her real estate license in 1976, and worked as a realtor until taking on a new position with UPCAP as an adult daycare developer. She traveled throughout the Upper Peninsula educating and training caregivers of Alzheimer's patients. She was also a personal caregiver for these patients, working many times throughout the night while still managing her day job.
Franzi was instrumental in establishing some of the first adult daycare centers in the U.P., one of which is located in Iron Mountain, now known as Family Ties. Franzi gave 110 percent caring for and working with loved ones of those afflicted with Alzheimer's. She would later succumb to a similar illness, known as Pick's Disease.
Franzi married Herb Henry in 1995. They spent many wonderful years together wintering in Magnolia, Ark., and summered at the family cottage on Cosgrove Lake, in Spread Eagle, Wis. Some of her best memories with Herb were traveling, and spending time at the lake.
Family was always first for Franzi. She was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, and touched many lives while she was with us. Franzi enjoyed cooking, gardening, and was especially interested in antiques and collectables. As a child she was gifted at ballet, was talented at playing piano, and later had a creative gift for refinishing antique furniture.
Franzi is survived by her husband, Herb; children, Sonja Lindstrom of Santa Barbara, Calif., Kirsten Erickson of Iron Mountain and Charles Lindstrom (Catherine Enders) of Negaunee; her grandchildren, Haley and Annika Erickson, and Chloe Lindstrom Knights; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Walter and Hans; and sisters, Margot and Edith.
Visitation will be Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at St. Mary & St. Joseph Catholic Church in Iron Mountain. Fr. Daniel Zaloga will offer the Mass of Christian Burial.
Burial will be in Resthaven Cemetery in Iron River.
Pallbearers will be Greg Lindstrom, Jeff Lindstrom, Kyle Lindstrom, Rich Tegge, Will Erickson, and Bryan Sanders.
Condolences may be expressed to the family of Franzi Lindstrom Henry online at ernashfuneralhomes.com.
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the funeral arrangements.
The family would especially like to thank Dr. Donald Jacobs, the kind and loving caregivers at Evergreen Memory Care Unit, and Family Ties.