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.