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Bernean Ida Franke, 87, of rural Litchfield, Ill., died at her residence on Sunday, July 10, 2022. She was born Sept. 14, 1934, in rural New Douglas to Arnold and Ida Windau Bentlage. She married Orville H. Franke on June 12, 1955, in New Douglas, and he survives.

She was a homemaker. Bernean was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church where she was involved with the Willing Workers, Altar Guild, Sunday school teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher and a volunteer for Gillespie Caring Center.

She is survived by her husband, Orville Franke of rural Litchfield; children, De Ann (David) Park of Fuquay-Varina, N.C., Carl (Sandy) Franke of Jamestown, N.D., Jenean Galvan of Des Moines, Iowa, Glen (Shelle) Franke of Hoopeston, Mary (Brad) Weidner of Bunker Hill, Sara (Matt) Harbaugh of Oak Harbor, Wash .; grandchildren, Ben (Jennifer) Park, Neil Park (significant other, Victoria Gates), Kurt (Tara) Franke, Scott (Sam) Franke, Jay (Shelby) Franke, Zachary Simmons, Marc Simmons, Andrew (Katy) Franke, Kelsey (Justin) Halikias, Will Franke, Megan (Trevor) Hebert, Steven Weidner, Matthew Weidner, Mariah Harbaugh, Sadie Harbaugh; four great-grandchildren; and her siblings, Myrna Horne and Nelson Bentlage. Bernean was preceded in death by her parents; son-in-law, Ron Galvan; and sister, Leta DeVries.

Funeral services were held Friday, July 15, at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Gillespie. Burial was at Elm Lawn Cemetery in Litchfield.

Memorials are suggested to Willing Workers at Zion Lutheran Church or Gillespie Caring Center. Condolences may be left online at Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, was in charge of arrangements.


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