Sandra Kay Franke, 75, of Cloquet passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2022 in Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN. She was born on October 9, 1947 in St. James, MN to Jacob and Mabel Geiger. She grew up on a farm outside of St. James and graduated from St. James High School in 1965. On April 8, 1967, Sandra married Charles August Franke in St. James.
Sandra worked at Fingerhut Company in Gaylord, MN, Cat-n-Fiddle Super Club in New Ulm, 3M Company in New Ulm, and Kids Corner Latchkey in Cloquet. She was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in New Ulm and later Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Cloquet. She was also a member of the Cloquet VFW Auxiliary Post #3979.
Sandra liked sewing, knitting, crocheting, and quilting. She led the sewing group at the VFW Auxiliary and DAV.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and younger brother, Michael.
Sandra will be greatly missed by her husband, Charles of Cloquet; daughter, Stacy (Steven) Ziells of Esko; son, Curtis Franke of White Bear Lake; six grandchildren; two great grandchildren; brothers, Ken (Sandra) Geiger of St. Cloud, Len (Barb) Geiger of Ormsby; sister, Monica (Jeffrey) Russell of Snohomish, WA; sister-in-law, Lois Quast of Gaylord, MN; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation: 12:00 Noon until the 1:00 p.m. memorial service on Monday, December 19, 2022 in Atkins Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th Street, Cloquet. A luncheon will follow the service in the Fireside Room of the funeral home. Burial will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls. To sign the guest book and leave an online tribute, see www.atkinsnorthlandfuneralhome.com.