Betty J. (Flanagan) Franke, age 80, of Burnsville, passed away on Feb. 23, 2010, losing her fight with lung disease.
Betty was born on Dec. 3, 1929, in Tama, Iowa, to James and Della Clapp. She grew up in Hopkins and resided in St. Paul and Farmington with her husband, Glen Flanagan, where they raised their six children.
Betty's zest and love for life touched so many people in her own special way. She had a gift of warmth, love and compassion for all people.
Preceded in death by her husbands, Glen Flanagan and Wendell Franke; brother, Jimmy and wife Sylvia Clapp.
Survived by children, Mike Flanagan, Patty (Jeff) Bowen, Jeff (Barb) Flanagan, Tom (Kerri) Flanagan, Sheryl (Pat) Klinkhammer, Sandy (Al) Tachovsky; 17 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Jack (Joan) Clapp; sisters, Darlene (Bill) Gore, Judie (Steve) Lacny; and many nieces and nephews.
A special thank you to Dr. Samy El-Halawani and nurse Angel from the St. Paul Lung Institute, Dr. Todd Stolpman and nurse Kathy from the Apple Valley Medical Clinic, and also to the nursing staff at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville for their outstanding care and support during our mother's illness.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 1, at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis with interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Her spirit was contagious and her smile infectious.
Gill Brothers Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements, 612-861-6088.