Theresa Franzen

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Theresa Marie Franzen, 56 of Garber, IA, died Tuesday, July 6, 2015, at her home surrounded by family after a five-year battle with carcinoid cancer.

Theresa was born August 11, 1958, in Madrid, Spain to Robert and Anna Mae Slater.

Visitation was an hour before the funeral services at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Garnavillo, IA on Saturday, July 11, with the funeral beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will be at St Joseph’s Cemetery.

Theresa always enjoyed catering and baking. Her true joy was cooking at Doug’s for the public, meeting them and getting to know the regulars. She looked forward to and cherished the time spent with her children along with the many memories made at their annual parties.

She mothered seven wonderful children who are forever grateful for the strength and love she instilled in them. Her love for baking was appreciated by the public and expressed by the numerous friends she made over the years. Her uplifting spirit will forever be treasured by everyone lucky to know her.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Allen Franzen, her children Jeremy (Megan) Franzen, Nathan (Bobbie Jo) Franzen, Carrie (Jayme) Honkomp, Emily (Anthony) Rust, Isaac Franzen (girlfriend Kim Nieman),  Shawn (Kara) Franzen and Zachary Franzen; grandchildren Derrick Franzen, Kelly Franzen, Oliver Franzen, Charles Franzen, Breanna Honkomp, Brittany Honkomp and Jonathan Rust.

She was proceeded in death by her father MSGT Robert Slater, brother-in-law Michael Barrer, brother-in-law Donnie Franzen, mother-in-law Mary Franzen and granddaughter Abby Franzen.

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