Michael John Frankl was born in Algona on May 3, 1944. As the son of Gerald P. and Rita (Kunkel) Frankl, Mike grew up in the Irvington area, graduating from Garrigan High School in 1962.
Mike married the love of his life, Jane Grandgenett, on August 8, 1964, at St. Benedict Catholic Church. They raised, taught and loved their six children on a hog farm near Irvington, passing on the life lessons they learned in their own farm upbringings. Mike was proud to be a member of the Kossuth County Pork Producers Association and presently was on the Heartland Mutual Insurance Board. In earlier years, Mike was named the first Outstanding Young Farmer in Kossuth County by then Gov. Ray.
Mike was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, never putting anything above the needs of his family. At the same time, he was an unwavering friend who loved every person he met, giving of his time and his self. Bishop Garrigan School and St. Cecelia Catholic Church were very important to him as he served on many of their boards and committees.
Mike's life work was serving and loving his family. He savored the moments of family gatherings at home, time spent at the lake and being the proud spectator at his grandchildren's activities. They always knew him by his cheers and that booming whistle. Mike died Friday, July 9, 2010, in Brainerd, Minnesota, enjoying time with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Jane Frankl of Algona; his children and grandchildren, Jerry and Amy Frankl of Ames and their children, Anna, Michael and Christian; Laura and Jeff Pedersen of Sioux City and their children, Thomas, Rebecca, and Nicole, and his great-grandson Grant; Jim and Amy Frankl of Akron and their children Alexander James, Spencer Patrick, and Reagan Curtis; Janette Frankl of Winona, MN; Steve and Patience Frankl of Port Washington, WI, and their children Cooper and Avery; and Sara Frankl of Cedar Falls. He is also survived by his parents, Gerald and Rita Frankl of Cherokee; eight brothers and sisters, Dr. Patrick Frankl (Sondra) of Corydon, Ron Frankl (Pam) of LuVerne, Bernard Frankl (Micky) of Rutland, Gene Frankl (Jean) of Des Moines, Tim Frankl (Darlene) of Sioux City, Annette Meyers (Jim) of Larrabee, Donald Frankl (Kate) of Jefferson, SD, and Janella (Ron) Reicks of Cherokee; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, David Grandgenett (Lorrie) of Grimes, Mary (Bill) Cruise of Wesley, Alice Simmons of Carroll, and Jon Green of Nisswa, MN; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Robert Grandgenett; and a sister-in-law, Judy Green.
Jane & Family, Please accept my sincerest sympathies on the loss of your husband and father. My thoughts & prayers go out to you all.
Yvonne Livengood, Norwalk Furniture
Jane and family - We extend our sympathy.
Dear Jane & family~ I was so shocked and saddened to hear about Mike's passing. He was a terrific man who surely has an express ticket to heaven. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Annie Waller & family
Jane and family,
I was so sad to hear about the passing of your husband and father. My thoughts are with you at this sad time.
Dear Jane and Family:
We were out of town and were shocked when we heard the news of your husband, father and G'pa.
Our prayers and thoughts go out to your entire family at such a difficult time. Really you could write about about this wonderful man! He was always smiling and always full of compliments for anyone he met. He will be deeply missed! God Bless your entire family.
Love, Dave and Denise (Green) Loss Family
Dear Jane and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Gary and Pat
Jane and family - Words cannot express my sorrow for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all.
Jane & family. We are so sorry to hear about Mike. You and your family have our sincerest sympathy.
Darwin & Verla Berry
Jane, I don't have words to say, but I LOVE you and anything I can do just let me know.
When your ready, let us know and Lorrie and I will come up and visit.
Thanks Mike for being you!!!
I'll Miss you
Jane and Family, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Know that God will be your compassionate strength and your comforter in your loss. My sympathies to you.
Janette - Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Jane and family...you have my sympathy...I do
not really know you..but I was a friend of your
sister,Judy, and did not hear about her death for
many months....So you have my sympathy for
both your husband and your sister.
I recall you speaking of your father as one of your closest friends and mentors. I share your loss as I know the stories you shared of how close your family was made me feel good because of the love and support you all held for each other. My thoughts are with you and please call upon me anytime should you need a friend's shoulder.
Jane and family -
I extend my sympathy to you at this time. I remember Mike for his smile and genuiness. You have a wonderful family - may you be there for each other during this time of grieving. May the Lord hold you in the palm of His hand.
Dear Jane and Family,
We are so sad to hear of the loss of Mike. What a great character. You are all in our prayers.
Please know we are all grateful for the incredible kindness you two have shown to our family over the years.
Jane & family, We were so shocked to hear of Mikes death. Mike was always so kind and pleasant to deal with at the office. He always had something nice to say to make a person feel good. What a great guy! God Bless all of you at this difficult time.
Jane and family- So sorry to hear of your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you throught this difficult time. Bill & Ann Schiltz
Jane & Family,
We are so saddened for your loss. I will always remember his big smile! You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Jane and family, my thoughts, prayers and sympathies are with all of you. Mike was such a good soul. He always had a smile and a good word for everyone he met. He will be missed and thought of often!
God bless Mike! I am sure Saint Peter has assigned your Dad/Husband to Ag Management duties inside the Pearly Gates! We are so sorry for his departure from you Jane and the rest of the Frankl family. To my former Frankl choirmates in high school - I will remember Mike when singing at Mass next time. To my classmate and college buddy, Laura, may good memories and the love from old and new friends be of comfort to you and your brothers and sisters. You have our empathy and sympathy...Steve and Julie Elbert and family
We were so saddened to learn of the loss of Mike. He was such a wonderful person and will be missed dearly. Cherish all the love and memories that you shared and may you find strength in each other during this most difficult time. God's Blessings to you all.
Jane and family: We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you face this difficult week.
Tom and Marilyn Wagner
Jane and family,
We were shocked and saddened to learn of Mike's death. We saw the two of you at a number of family gathering over the years, most recently at the visitation for Judy. We know how close you and Mike were to Jon and Judy and realize this will be a very heavy loss for Jon.
Mike was always fun to visit with and seemed to always be happy and smiling. I know that he would have been a super husband, father and grandfather and none of you will ever forget the wonderful example he set.
Our thoughts and prayers will be with you.
Ray and Joan Beebe
Forest City, Iowa
Janette and Family:
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of great loss.
Jane and family:
So very, very sorry for your the loss of this wonderful man. Mike always had a big pearly smile and his arms waving every time we passed your house. He always had time to talk and share his words of wisdom with us, no matter what he was doing. Our hearts go out to you and your family as you find strength in each other to get through this very sad time. God Bless all of you.
Randy and Dawn Bjustrom
My sympathies on your father's passing. Eve's and my prayers are with you and your family.
Janette and Family. You are in my thoughts and prayer during this most difficult time. Velica Smith Ashley Furniture
Jane & Family; Gerald & Rita and Brothers and Sisters. My sympathies to all of you. Times like this are a struggle for many, friends included. Trust in the Lord and strength will be granted to you.
Jane and family we are so sorry for the loss of your husband/father. He was just in Fast Oil last week talking about how is was retiring and sell the farms and all of the hog stuff. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. The Crew at Fast Oil
Jane and family;
I am so sorry for your loss! God Bless you and the family.
Jane and family. You have my deepest sympathy. I always enjoyed talking to Mike when he came into the store. He always seemed to have a positive attitude. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. God's Blessings to you and your family. Evonne Meyer
Very sorry to hear about your dad and husband. I'll be thinking of you all.
Jane - I'm sorry I never met Mike...he sounds like a terrific person. I'm praying that you and your family will be comforted in the promises that have been given us of a wonderful future when we leave this earth, and in your many happy memories of time shared with your loved one. May God strengthen you as you walk through the days ahead.
Jane & Family,
I was sadden to hear of Mike's passing. It was always great havinh the two of you meeting here in the office with John. I know that this is such a sad time but Mike had great faith and a great family. That family will help and hold you up in the next coming weeks.
Much love to you all, Pearl Spore
Jane and family,
So sorry to hear of Mike's passing. It does not seem possible as he was so full of life. But I know that his life goes on, with the Lord, and in the hearts of all he touched. My wife and I will be praying for Mike and all of you, and remembering what a great person he was.
Gene Ulses, Sioux City and Papillion, Nebraska
Jane and family - My sincere sympathy to all of the family. Will keep all of you in my prayers.
Jane and family. So sorry to hear the news.Who would of ever thought.Enjoyed all the converstations with Mike at Classic Stop. You and your family are in my thought and prayers during this rough time.If there is any thing i can do for the family please call me Im only a phone call away.
Jane and family, I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Wish I could be there this week, but my thoughts are there with you.
Please accept my prayers and condolences to the Frankl Family, especially Gerald and Rita
Jane and Family, we are deeply sadden by the sudden loss of Mike. We always thought of Mike as a kind and thoughtful person. May it comfort you and your family to know that our prayers are with all of you during this diffcult time.
Jim and Kathie
Jane and family, We are so saddened to hear of your loss. Please know that our family's thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Tony & Jennifer
Jane and family - I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all - Molly Geelan
Jane and family...we were so shocked and sad to hear of Mikes death. It is so hard on the family when it happens so fast, we know. You have friends and family to lean on in this difficult time. We will keep you all in our prayers.
Am deeply saddened by Mike's untimely death. Will remember him always for his smile and his gentle & kind ways. May all of the wonderful memories that you shared together sustain you during this time.
Jane & family, I don't know you personally but I have known your son, Steve, for many years. I am a Northwestern Mutual agent from Fayette, Iowa. I am so sorry for you and your family's loss. Please pass on my condolences to Steve too. Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family during this difficult time.
Jane & Family - We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to your entire family. Please know you are in our hearts and prayers during this difficult time.
To all the Frankl Family,
Please know that you are in our prayers.
God must've wanted him in His GOODNESS!
Some people come into our lives and quickly go.
Some people stay for awhile and give us a deeper understanding of what is truly important in this life.
They touch our souls. We gain strength from the footprints they have left on our hearts and we will never be the same.
God's Richest blessings to a Great Family!
Frankl family - I am so sorry - my heart is so sad for you. I remember Mike as a larger than life, but gentle soul and of course, his always-present smile that could light up a room. You are in my prayers. Heaven just received a very bright star! Heather MacDonald Krech
Jane and Family,
Janelle stopped by Sat. to let me know. I remembered Mike in my private intention both Saturday evening and Sunday. May God be with you all at this difficult time. In our holy faith we rejoice in this new life in Jesus. May His love for us assure us that Mike's continues to take delight in our love for him and for one another. --- Blessings -- Fr. Armand
dear jane and family,
news of mike's death was shocking and very sad -you have been our thoughts and prayers from the moment we heard. our sympathy to the whole family...may God comfort you all at this difficult time.
bless you , jeanne and bill brown
Jane, Words cannot express our deep sympathy and sadness at Mike's untimely death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Love and prayers, JoAnn & Gary Leety
Dear Jane and family,
I know words dont help ease the hurt of losing one of the most important people in your life! I really wish I could be there with you to share in this great mourning of such a great man. I hold very special place in my heart for your family as you took me in when I really needed guidance and care in my life. I will never forget Mike's gentle fatherly presence, it was saving grace for my hurting young soul. Jane and family, you all were so generous with me and you helped to change my life. I hold you in my heart and think of you and send you strength in these coming difficult days. You have eachother, as such a strong and loving family and I know from this you will bring Mike to life in so many ways in your life. He is with you always now and will come to you when you need him! I love you all!
Oh, how it hurts! It has been Jane and Mike for so long. Now, you carry on with your wonderful family. Mike will be smiling down on all of you and making arrangements for your next date. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Inez Knecht Williams
Jane, My heart is so heavy when I heard about your husband. I never met him, but if he was married to such a gem, he must have been a wonderful man. We are just 50 miles north of Brainerd in Hackensack. May the Lord wrap His loving arms around you for comfort and know that His love is with you always. God's comfort.
Julie Hampe Bull
Jane and family, I was so very sorry to hear about your loss. I will always remember Mike with that big smile. Though it has been a long time since we have seen each other I still have very fond memories of you and Mike and know that he is smiling down on you and that he will always be with you each and every day. I wish I could be with you but know that I am in my thoughts and prayers.
Jane and Family,
We were sorry to hear the news of the sudden death of your beloved husband and father, Mike. Our prayers are with you and your extended family and friends. God will strengthen you as you journey through the days ahead.
Jim and Julie Richter
Dear Jane and Family,
We have been praying for all of you, that the Lord our God, Father and Savior, carry you gently and tenderly through these days as you face the lost of your beloved husband and father. The best words of consolation are difficult to find so we trust that our promise of prayer and mindful support will find a place in your grieving.
Distance separated us somewhat, but out closest and dearest friends, Jon and Judy Green, always maintained the connection and helped us grow the friendship we feel for Mike and Jane. It is hard to accept that Judy is gone, and now, Mike. Your families have endured so much, yet we believe that Providence gave you wonderful years with truly beautiful people. If only it could have been a longer timeâ€¦..
Our admiration for Mike was strong because his strength of character and honor was easily apparent. If he left that impression with us, it is not difficult to imagine the legacy he gave to all of you. God bless you all.
We are truly sorry that our travel to Algona to be with you is not possible. Please know that our hearts are there.
Dave and JoAnn Loch
Jane - Our deepest sympathies to you and your family on the loss of Mike. It was a blessing getting to know both of you over the past few years. You were so kind in welcoming me to the Heartland Mutual family. Mike taught me so much about how to be a good board member; I will miss his warm smile and kind words.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Jane, I am very, very sad but nothing compared to you. Dang it! I have hamburgers and stuff when you are ready.
My sincere sympathy to you and your family.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jane and family - Our sympathies to you all. May you find strength in each other and in God to get through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jane and Family: My deepest sympathy at your loss. Carla Shey-Osborne
Jane - We are so sorry to hear about Mike. Our deepest sympathies are with you and your family. If there is anything you need, please don't hestitate to call.
Jane and family, There are not enough words to express the sympathy I feel for all of you. Many prayers are being sent your way. Remember all the wonderful times your husband and dad has given you all. With my deepest sympathy - Jane Grimm Rupprecht
Dear Jane and Family:
We love you and our hearts and prayers go out to you. Mike was "like a father" to Dwight at times when he was growing up. We will miss him too and always remember him for his kindness and sense of humor.
Dwight & Roberta
Jane and Family,
I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Mikes sudden passing. Everytime I waited on Mike at Fareway we alway's had the nicest conversation! He was alway's so happy and had a great smile and alway's something nice to say!Maybe we can all learn something from Mike's wonderful attitude and outlook on life! That we don't take the people we love for granted not even for one day.We were all blessed to have known Mike! My prayers will be with you during these difficult days and months ahead.
Dear Jane and family,
I am so saddened to hear of your loss. What a shock to hear of Mike's sudden passing. I remember from nurses training that every time you talked of Mike your face just lit up. You were so much in love. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Jane, So sorry to hear of your loss, our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this diffcult time. Know that your friends have our arms wrapped around you for strength.
Jane and family -
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our sincerest sympathies to your family.
Russ & Lisa
Dear Jane and family,
Bless all of you-my thoughts and prayers are with you. Marianne Ewen
Jane and families. we would like to express our deepest sympathy to all of your family on the loss of Mike. He was a great man and will be dearly missed.God bless all of you. Jim & Janice Schumacher
Jane & family-our deepest sympathies are with you and your family during this difficult time. Seek strength in the Lord and remember he's not gone, just gone ahead. Thinking of you-Barry & Stacy Simpson
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