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John Michael Franckowiak, 94, formerly of West Pioneer Road, died Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Edgewood Vista with his family by his side.

John was born in Duluth to John and Frances Franckowiak. In World War II, he served as a medic in the Army. He met Margaret Trader and they were married June 26, 1948.

John was an active member of St. Joseph's Church in Gnesen.

He was a farmer and retired as an engineer from the Duluth School Board. After his retirement, he worked at the Gnesen Community Club Center.

John and Margaret enjoyed farming, gardening and dancing, but most of all, spending time with family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Frances; mother and father-in-law, Peter and Katherine Trader; siblings Edward, Joseph, Samuel, Stanley and Adam Franckowiak, Elizabeth Marshall, Ida Lepak, Teckla Graczyk, Lucille Kriske and Mary Manaski; and his wife, Margaret.

John is survived by his daughters, Gloria (Paul) Kaneski and Cecelia (Ronald) Hegel; sons Stephen (Karen) and Jeffrey Franckowiak; granddaughters Melissa Franckowiak, Karly (Jeremy) Fritz, Lacey Franckowiak and Angela Becker; great-grandchildren Ally Fritz, and Chance, Maxwell and Sydney Becker; sisters-in-law Helen Franckowiak and Angie Hill; brother-in-law Walter (Jessie) Trader; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff at Edgewood Vista with a special "thank you" to Essentia-St. Marys Hospice (Becca and Marie) for their loving care of John.

VISITATION: 4 until the 6 p.m. Rosary today, Aug. 3, in the Dougherty Funeral Home, and 10 until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian burial Monday, Aug. 4, in St. Joseph's Church in Gnesen, 6110 Church Road. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Memorials are preferred and may be directed to the American Heart Association, 130 W. Superior St., No. 630, Duluth, MN 55802.

Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, 600 E. Second St., Duluth, (218) 727-3555.