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“I love my Aunt Marge. She was full of life! I enjoyed her "Frank" ness and stories. She made me laugh to the point of tears. That is truly a gift. We...Read More »
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Mary M. "Marge" Frank, age 83, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 3:20 a.m., on Thursday, January 19, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Mary's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street. To celebrate Mary's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Mary was born on January 27, 1933, in Epworth, Iowa, daughter of John "Roy" and Anna "Marie" (Steffen) Smith.

Mary would begin her working career at the General Dry Battery Factory. Divine intervention would place her directly within eyeshot of Carl "Cutz" Frank, and he would boldly proclaim "that's the woman I'm going to marry". On February 19, 1955, at St. Joseph Church in Farley, Iowa, his prediction would become a reality and their life together would become a committed union until the end. They were blessed with almost 40 years, and 8 children, together before he was called home ahead of her on February 6, 1995. Mary would later spend many years working at Julien Care before her eventual retirement. Mary had an infamous green thumb and was well known for her ability to save even the most tragically inclined houseplants. Mary also possessed a naturally gifted ability to create magic in the kitchen and her homemade pies are legendary within her circles of family and friends. Mary was also always up for a good Green Bay Packers or Chicago Cubs game, but if it happened to be a Saturday evening, you could be sure to find her out in the convertible on her relaxing Saturday Night Cruises. She did also enjoy traveling, with trips to Ireland and Hawaii being among her favorite experiences. But Mary would be the first to show you through her actions that her family was definitely her priority in this life. Her love, patience, guidance and acceptance of all she loved and adored was on display throughout her entire life. We are truly saddened by Mary's sudden absence, but we know that her love for God has been a constant reminder that she's finally home and reunited once again with her one and only true love, Carl.

Those left to cherish Mary's memory include

her 7 loving children,
Sharon (Roger) Jones Jr., Reno, NV,
Ron Frank, Dubuque, IA,
Randy Frank, Dubuque, IA,
Sheila Pluemer, Dubuque, IA,
Sharla (Chuck) Van Cleve, Dubuque, IA,
Shirley (Randall) Hess, Belvidere, IL
and Riki (Rose) Frank, Auburn, WA;

her 13 grandchildren;

her 31 great-grandchildren;

her 6 great-great grandchildren;

and her 4 sisters and 1 brother.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Carl "Cutz" Frank; a son, Rodney Frank; a grandson, Rodney Jones; a great-granddaughter, Chyenne Kircher; 4 sisters; 1 brother; and a son-in-law, Greg Pluemer.

In lieu of flowers, a Mary M. Frank memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.