James L. Franz, age 72, of Elgin, IL, passed away on March 11, 2022. He was born November 11, 1949 in Elgin, IL to his loving parents, Frank and Margaret (née Neri) Franz.

James graduated from Elgin High School, and worked for the Elgin Courier News for 31 years.

James met his wife Pat on a blind date. They were married for 50 years.

James adored his girls, and worked hard for his family. He loved to tell jokes and make people laugh. He was a fan of the Bears and Cubs, and enjoyed playing golf and softball.

James was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Margaret Franz. He is survived by his wife, Pat Franz; daughters, Mandy Franz and Jamie (Brian) Preston; sisters, Barbara Appelhans and Donna Cooney; granddaughter, Emma Katherine Preston; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 3:00pm until funeral service at 5:00pm, Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park Street, Elgin, IL 60120. Pr. Greg Huguley will be officiating.

Mourners are encouraged to review the funeral home COVID-19 public health policies ahead of time.

To access the visitation remotely, loved ones are encouraged to log on safe from home via Zoom.us (Meeting ID: 878 5741 6663, Password: 737622).

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in James’ name to The Vines Senior Home.

Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home. For more information, call 847-741-1128 or visit www.symondsmadison.com.

7 Replies to “James L. Franz”

  1. Dear Pat and family,
    Please know your Jim is healthy, and home with Our Precious Lord. We will be praying for your family that our promise of Eternal Life comforts each of you.
    Blessings Glenn and Debbie

  2. I am so very sorry for your loss. We will miss Jim at the Vines. Some of us have known him and your beautiful family for years! It seems he had nicknames for a few of us. I was CC!!
    I know he’s strong and healthy again, watching over all of you.

  3. So very sorry for your loss pat,unable to be there tuesday my thoughts and prayers go with you and family. Jane rush

  4. Please be comforted knowing that Jim is now seated with our Lord and Saviour and no longer in pain and suffering. I will remember him always as being a laughable guy that loved photography. Deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your family during this time of great sorrow. Peace and Blessings.

  5. Jim was the Best Big Brother anyone could ask for. I was lucky and very proud to have him as mine. ❤

  6. Uncle Jim was such a kind, funny and loving man. He will be dearly missed. We take comfort in all the wonderful memories we have of him & in knowing that he is completely healed and with the Lord in Heaven. Love, Dee, Chris, Seth & Nathan

  7. Dear Pat and family,
    Sincere condolences on your loss. Jim will be in my nightly prayers along with your family.
    Many blessings, Irene Gallik

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