June 25, 1922- September 13, 2013
Mass of Christian Burial for Gloria J. Francke, 91 of Perry, IA formerly of Des Moines, IA will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Perry, Iowa. Visitation will begin after 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 17, 2013 with family receiving friends from 5-7 p.m. at Murdock Funeral Home in Perry. Father Paul Nguyen will officiate with Jan Pattee as the musician. Sue Lilla will serve as the reader. Pallbearers will be: Barry Bengtson, Ryan Bengtson, Brad Bengtson, Jacob Lohr, Andy Lohr and Tyler Lohr. Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines, Iowa. Gloria passed away Friday, September 13, 2013 at the Perry Heath Care Center in Perry, IA.
Gloria was born June 25, 1922 in Des Moines, IA the daughter of Albert and Lorine (Thompson) Gibbs. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, IA in 1940 and then attended AIB. Gloria was united in marriage to Philip Francke on July 25, 1942 in Des Moines, IA. She was employed for 20 years with Iowa Heart as an Insurance Billing Secretary. Before working at Iowa Heart, she worked at the Hotel Fort Des Moines and KRNT radio. Gloria lived in Des Moines all of her life until moving to Perry in 2009.
Gloria is survived by her sons: Philip Michael Francke of Des Moines, IA and Peter Francke of Des Moines, IA; daughters: Patricia (Barry) Bengtson of Perry, IA and Kathy Francke of Des Moines, IA; five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Gloria was preceded in death by her father, mother, step-mother Doris (Higgins) Gibbs, husband in 1972, daughter Lisa Lohr in 2004 and one sister Joyce Lewin.
Memorials are suggested to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa or St. Jude’s Hospice.Information provided by: Murdock Funeral Home
1420 Warford Street
Perry, IA 50220