Emil Frana, 89
Wed, 07/17/2019 - 4:22pm admin
Dec. 20, 1929 —
July 14, 2019
DECORAH - Emil Frana, age 89, of Decorah, Iowa died on Sunday, July 14, 2019 at Accura HealthCare in Cresco, Iowa.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Spillville, Iowa. There will be a rosary at 3:30 p.m. before the visitation.
There will be a private family graveside service on Thursday, July 18, 2019 by Rev. Donald Hawes at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery.
Emil William Frana was born on Dec. 20, 1929, the son of William and Mary (Havel) Frana, on the family farm. He attended St. Wenceslaus Catholic School and Winneshiek County Country School. After finishing school, he began farming with his father and remained farming his entire life.
He married Frances Anderson on June 6, 1955 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Spillville. Together they had four children.
Emil worked at Central Motors in Spillville for a short time. He enjoyed tinkering and repairing things for anyone that had something that needed to be fixed. He loved to socialize and enjoyed checking on the progress of the crops every year.
Emil is survived by his wife, Frances; children, Louann (Mark) Ptacek of Protivin, Iowa, Ruth (John) Huinker of Decorah and Peter Frana of Decorah; grandchildren, Charles (Tiffany) Halvorson, Louann (Joe) Rilling, Solomon (Rachel) Halvorson, Uriah (Jordan) Halvorson, Andrew (Andrea) Halvorson, Lee (Kristy) Huinker, Jacqueline (Mike) Henning, Danielle (Noah) Balik and Steven (Courtney) Huinker; great-grandchildren, Charlie, Johannah, Isaiah, Emma, Jackson, Mason, Mara, Evie, Sloane, Shea, Tate and Aunika; sisters-in-law, Bev Steen of Waterloo, Iowa, Marion Anderson of Decorah and Anita Anderson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and brother-in-law, Bob Grindeland of Seattle, Wash.; along with many nieces and nephews.
Emil was preceded in death by his son, Roger in infancy; parents, William and Mary (Havel) Frana; brother, Cyril (Mildred) Frana; parents-in-law, Gilbert and Luella (Jaastad) Anderson; sisters and brothers-in-law, Loretta (Marc) Phillips, Irene (Gary) Groth, Clara (Leon) Williams, Almeda Grindeland, Pauline (Ken) Keune, Gordon Anderson, Donald Anderson, Herman (Lois) Anderson, Kate (Al) Holten and Carsten Steen.