WOOSTER – Peggy A. Franks of Wooster passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Monday, August 17th at Hospice of Central Ohio in Columbus.
Born in Wooster to Roy and Faye Merriman on August 12, 1936, she graduated from Big Prairie Lakeville High School in 1954 and attended Ohio University. She was united in marriage to Harold D. (Hal) Franks on March 29, 1958 and they were devoted to each other until his death in 2013.
Peg was a Realtor, working primarily in building and land development with her husband. She held office in several local organizations including the Wooster Junior Women s Club, Wayne Elementary PTA, and was a charter member of the Wooster Elks Emblem Club. She also served on committees for the Red Stocking Revue, was a Cub Scout Den Mother, and was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ.
An excellent cook and gracious hostess, Peg organized countless get-togethers for family and friends, including an always-open door at their place at Prairie Lane Lake. There, she and Hal would always be willing to feed visitors, pull up a chair to the fire or take water skiers around the lake. Later, as NASCAR fans, they traveled extensively to races and built a community of friends in the Southeast. A life-long animal lover, her home was not complete without a cat or two. Peg was a passionate and knowledgeable sports fan, cheering on her Cleveland Cavaliers through thick and thin. Peg will be deeply missed and remembered as a wonderful grandmother, mother-in-law, aunt and friend. Her strength, smile, kindness, sharp mind and sense of humor made her a joy to be with and an inspiration to many.
Peg was preceded in death by her husband, Hal, her son Scott, and daughter Betsy, as well as her parents and two sisters, Joan Speicher (William) and Karen Burgess (Jack Sr., who survives).
She is survived by her granddaughters, Courtney Olevnik of Erie, PA, Carley Franks of Wooster, and daughter-in-law Mary Franks of Wooster; niece Jill Speicher Arnett (John) of Columbus, nephews Chuck Burgess (Amy) of Nashville, Tennessee, and Jack Burgess Jr. (Tracy) of Loudonville.
Friends will be received on Friday, August 21sr from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster. Masks are required and social distancing will be observed.
Private family services will be held on Saturday, August 22nd at the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. Kevan Franklin officiating. Burial will be in the Wooster Cemetery. Live streaming on the Funeral Home Facebook page will begin at 1:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Hospice of Central Ohio.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com.
Hospice of Central Ohio
Private family services will be held
Friends will be received on Friday, August 21, 2020 from 4-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home
What a loss for everyone. family- friends and the community. A wonderful person and friend to everyone she knew. The entire family is in my thoughts. what great memories you have. sincere condolences.
Words cannot describe our sadness for this wonderful lady. Peg was not only a neighbor, but our best friend and second Mother to us. We enjoyed every moment we ever spent with her. She is a jewel and one of a kind. Our thoughts go out to the entire family. Peggy will be missed dearly. So many memories and so much love she had for all of us. Goodbye my friend.
Such a wonderful person who was a friend to everyone she met. She will be missed. Loved ones await her for a heavenly reunion. Prayers for all.
We loved Peg and the entire Franks family. We have many fond memories. 26 years of working for
Peg and Hal made for enjoyable work and even more
Fun. I am sure that Peg, Hal, Scott and
Betsy are all laughing at Bill Speicher telling
His awesome jokes. I
Can hear them all belly laughing
Now. Courtney, Carley, Mary, and Jill. Peg loved you ski very much. I know you loved her too. Stay strong and Carry on!
To Peg’s Family and Friends, Our deepest sympathies go out to you. May God, and the many good memories, sustain you; now and also in the future.. Our thoughts and prayers are for you and your families. Sincere condolences from Art Beerys, Smithville, Ohio
We are so saddened to hear of Peg’s passing. She was a lovely woman. We always enjoyed being with her when we were in Wooster. My condolences to her family.
So sorry to hear about the loss of dear Pat. She was such a joy to be around. Always had a beautiful smile & kind word to share. She will be missed . she opened her home up for many of Holiday parties that memories will be cherished . may Gods love comfort all of you
So sorry to hear about Peg….what a wonderful woman! Courtney, Dennis and I send our sincere condolences and will miss seeing you every Christmas eve for our traditional dinner! Take care, Dianne and Dennis
Our family sends love and prayers to Jill and the family. The whole family is missed. Peggy loved telling stories about Scott and Denise growing up next door and of course George and Betsy. They will always live on in our memories.
Was sad to hear of Peg’s passing. She was a lovely woman. She will now be in a place to keep Hal and Scott in line once again. Her and Hal were great together and a joy to work and socialize with. My deepest sympathies go out to you on her passing, she will be greatly missed!
I love you Peg. You stuck up for me once when it mattered, and I will never forget that. I will miss our phone conversations and our messages back and forth. I miss you already.
Many Many AWESOME memories of the whole Family and will be MISSED by EVERYONE The lives that this Family has touched is AMAZING RIP to all
So sorry to hear of Peggy’s passing. She was a lovely lady. She will be missed by many.