Nathalie Franzen

Nathalie A. (Schroeder) Franzen, 80, of Kiel and formerly of rural St. Cloud (St. Joe), passed away following a short battle with cancer on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020 at Sharon S. Richardson Hospice in Sheboygan Falls.

She was born Sept. 8, 1940 in Lena to Alvin and Katherine (Ninneman) Schroeder. Nathalie grew up near Hulls Crossing in Sheboygan County and attended Glenbeulah High School.

On Nov. 24, 1956 she married Elmer Franzen at St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Joe; Elmer preceded her in death on Oct. 31, 2007.

Nathalie and Elmer, with the help of their 12 children, farmed in the town of Marshfield near St. Joe. In addition, Nathalie worked outside the home in food service at Villa Loretto Nursing Home and Willowdale Nursing Home.

She was a member of St. Isidore Parish-St. Joseph Church in St. Joe, the Christian Women’s Society, and coordinated the religious education program at the church.

Nathalie is survived by her 11 children—daughter Maggie Franzen and her significant other Brent De-Hut of Oconto; son Michael (Linda) Franzen of Fond du Lac and their children Joshua (Jennifer) and Jessica (Michael) LaShay; son Martin (Sue) Franzen of Malone and their children Jason (Larissa) and John; daughter Mary (Randy) Koenigs of Fond du Lac and their children Ryan (Angie), Tyler, and Brittany; daughter Monica (Brian) Boll of New Holstein and their children Adam (Shana) and Lucas (Meghan); daughter Marsha (Doug) Prange of Elkhart Lake and their children Steven and Joseph; son Marlon (Karla) Franzen of Fond du Lac and their children Melissa, Dylan, Kaylon, and Amber; daughter Melissa (Brian) Suchan of Kiel and their children Emily and Elizabeth; son Mitchell (Marcia) Franzen of rural New Holstein (Marytown) and their children Maverick and Marcus; son Mason (Holly) Franzen of St. Cloud and their son Reid and their other son, due in February; son Maxwell (Sara) Franzen of St. Cloud (St. Joe) and their children Skyla, Saige, and Vance. She is further survived by two more grandchildren, Jenny and Justin Franzen; 10 great-grandchildren; her brother Richard (Mary Jean) Schroeder; brother-in-law Robert (Mary) Franzen; nieces; nephews; other relatives; and many close friends.

Preceding Nathalie in death were her parents, Alvin and Katherine Schroeder; her husband, Elmer; son Matt; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Leo and Cecelia Franzen.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will take place and Nathalie will be laid to rest next to her husband, Elmer, in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in St. Joe.

A Celebration of Nathalie’s life will take place at the Marytown Community Center in Marytown, N10361 CTH G, New Holstein) on Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Nathalie’s family would like to express their heart-felt appreciation to the caregivers at Ascension Calumet Hospital in Chilton, St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton, and Sharon S. Richardson Hospice in Sheboygan Falls.

Please send memorials to Family of Nathalie Franzen, c/o 1216 Sixth St., Kiel, WI 53042.

Sippel Funeral Home in St. Cloud is assisting the family—(920) 999-2291 or

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