Margarete O. (Lang) ​Franklin

Margarete O. (Lang) ​Franklin, 8​7​, passed peacefully from this life ​Saturday morning​ surrounded by family at the home of ​her​ daughter, Ingrid Mielke in Indianapolis​.







​She was born on January 13, 19​30​, in ​Nurmberg, Germany​.​

In 195​2, she met the love of her life, Joseph D. Franklin, who was serving in the U.S. Army​. She then came to America​ on January 13, 1954​ and on January 23, 1954​ married Joe in the Loogootee Methodist Church. They resided in Loogootee until June of 2007 when they moved to Indianapolis to

​live​ with their daughter, Ingrid, due to illness. They were married for 56 years until his death on May 15th, 2010.

In 1957 Margarete was proud to become a Naturalized U.S. Citizen.

During ​her​ retirement ​she and ​Joe, along with Poncho (their faithful family dog), enjoyed being “Winter Texans” for 15 years, traveling to San Benito, Texa​s during the winter months and regularly visiting Progresso, Mexico, with friends and family.

​Sh​e was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church​, the quilting club of American RV Park in San Benito, TX and various camping clubs. ​Sh​e enjoyed ​her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and her hobbies were sewing, knitting and crocheting. ​She worked at the Loogootee Textile for many years and retired from UniRoyal in Washington.

She is survived by​ one son,; Adolf Oerter (wife Marita) of Nurnberg, Germany​,​ and two daughters,​ Ingrid Mielke (husband Jerry) of Indianapolis, ​and Angela Franklin (life partner Monica Abeyta) of San Antonio, T​X​; ​ten​ grandchildren, ​Alex Oerter, Christian Oerter (deceased), Barbara (Oerter) Schambeck, Michael Oerter, Tonya Bullock (​life partner Mary Ann Osborne), Meredith Raben (husband Brad), Sarah ​McKinley​ (​husband​ Chris), Madison Franklin-Abeyta, Joshua Franklin-Abeyta and McKenzie Franklin-Abeyta; ​eight​ great-grandchildren;​ Franziska Oerter, Felix Oerter, Lena Sofie Schambeck, Emilian Schambeck,​ Hannah ​Denise ​Bullock, Nathan Joseph Raben​, ​Margaret Sophia “Maggie” Raben​ and Carter William Raben; sisters, Karola Engelhardt and Ingrid Thyen​. ​

She​ is preceded in death by ​her​ parents,​ Martin ​K​arl and Margarete Sofie; ​three​ sisters, Hannelore Lang, Hella Bredel and Else Leidig.

Visitation will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Loogootee​​ from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday​, May 13th, 2017. Memorial services will commence at 3:00 p.m., followed by graveside rites at Goodwill Cemetery.

Arrangements are being made through B​lake​ Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be made at​. ​In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be made to ​the ​Alzheimer’s Association or St. John’s Lutheran Church, Loogootee.