Palo Alto Online - Lasting Memories - Katherine Jane Franger's memorial

Katherine Jane Franger
Dec. 11, 1928-March 8, 2024
Mountain View, California

After 95 years of devoted service to family, friends, and underserved communities, Kathie slipped free from her earthly shell on March 8, 2024. Memories of her kind, selfless spirit will live on in all those whose lives she touched.

Born in Santa Cruz to Clara Crosby and George W. Wood, Kathie married Vincent D. Franger in 1951. They settled in Mountain View where they raised three girls. Kathie and Vince added their voices to the choirs at Saint Joseph’s and Saint William’s churches, and Kathie worked tirelessly for immigration reform and improved conditions for farm laborers.

Kathie was preceded in death by Vince, her parents, all of her siblings, and her grandson Cheyne. Daughters Laura Corbett (Merle+), Teresa Allen (Tristan), and Carol Franger (Dan Ng) will sorely miss Mom’s unwavering love and guidance. Beloved granddaughters Stephanie Hurst (Jared), Veronica Inglett (Dan), Danyelle Westerfield (Brett), and Mikayla Hansen (Cole) and her seven great-grandkids will dearly miss “Biz.” Her step-grandkids and great-grandkids remember that Grandma Kathie loved them as her own.

No flowers, please. Kathie’s generous heart would be delighted by a donation to the Day Worker Center of Mountain View. Or just spend some time in nature and imagine Kathie laughing with glee as she boogie-boards in the Santa Cruz surf.

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