Mildred “Millie” Kranz, age 78, of Ripon, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Fountainview Care Center in Ripon with her family by her side. She was born on July 30, 1935, in Friendship, Wis., the daughter of Anton and Mildred (Lampheer) Dahlke. She was united in marriage to Wayne Kranz Sr. on Aug. 10, 1951, in Iowa. He preceded her in death on Jan. 7, 1999. Millie’s most prized passions were bowling tournaments and the Dallas Cowboys. She enjoyed crocheting, baking, cooking, spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, going to casinos and the EAA. She supported the Ripon High School football games and played women’s softball for many years.
She is survived by her three sons, Wayne Jr. (Fatima) Kranz of Algonquin, Ill.; Mark (special friend MaryAnn) Kranz of Ripon, and Jeff (Connie) Kranz of Ripon; two daughters, Deb (Steve) Stollfuss of Ripon and Tammy (Roy) Erickson of Brandon, Wis.; 14 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; one sister Cordelia Davis of Ripon; brother-in-law Jerry (Joann) Hohler of North Fond du Lac, Wis.; sister-in-law Sarah (Dick) Bartoli of Mayville, Wis.; and special friends, Jan Ohlrich and Judy Kranz. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Wayne Sr., five brothers, two sisters and one grandson.
Funeral services for Millie will be held on Thursday, April 10 at 1:00 p.m. at Divine Passage Funeral Home, 175 N Douglas Street, Ripon. Roy Erickson will be officiating. Friends and family may visit at the funeral home on Wednesday, April 9 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and also on Thursday from 12:00 p.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be held in the Garden of the Cross Cemetery in Ripon. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Cancer Society are appreciated. The family would like to extend a thank you to the doctors and nurses at Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and the Heartland Hospice Team. Divine Passage Funeral Home is proudly serving the Kranz family. divinepassagefunerals.com