Loretta J. Franke

Loretta Jane Franke, 70, of Chatham, died Monday, June 7, 2021 at Memorial Medical Center. 

She was born October 2, 1950 in Jewett, the daughter of John Carl and Velma Katherine (Hawes) Elliott. She married William “Bill” Franke in 1974. 

She worked for Lindley’s Florist and then went on to become a Special Education Assistant for District 186. Loretta was a member of the Chatham Jaycees and volunteered with the Special Olympics for many years.  

Survivors include her husband, William Franke of Chatham; sons, Kyle (Emily) and Nick Franke, both of Chatham; six grandchildren; sisters, Lou Ann Troyer of Eureka, Lorraine Sawyer of Wilmington, Janice Whitaker of Lakeland, Florida and Wendy (Pat) Osburn of Auburn. 

Cremation was provided by Butler Cremation Tribute Center prior to ceremonies. 

Memorial gathering will be held from 4 until 7 p.m. Thursday, June 10, 2021 at Prairie View Reception Center, 8865 State Rt. 4, Chatham. A reception will follow from 7 until 9 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the Special Olympics of IL Area 17, 900 Christopher Lane, Suite 7, Springfield, IL  62712. Butler Funeral Home, Chatham was in charge of arrangements.