Georgia E. Franz, age 96, of New Prague, died peacefully Friday morning, March 10, 2017, at Mala Strana Rehabilitation Center.  Georgia was born April 15, 1920, in Hazelton, Iowa, to Harvey A. and Viola M. (Young) Simpson.  She was raised in Lamont, Iowa, attended Iowa Public Schools, and completed her education with a 2-year teaching degree from Upper Iowa University.  She taught in a country school in the Strawberry Point and Lamont, Iowa areas.  She married Ted W. Franz on December 21, 1941, in Independence, Iowa.  The couple made their home in New Prague, where she and Ted owned and operated Economy Meat Market first and then Ted’s Package Liquors.  She finished her career as a receptionist at the State Bank of New Prague, where she worked for 10 years before retiring in 1983.

Georgia was an active member of the Queen of Peace Hospital Auxiliary and their Mittens to Go group and was also involved in her faith community, serving on many volunteer committees at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.  She belonged to a number of Bridge Clubs and enjoyed cross-stitch, knitting, and crocheting.  Her cooking was legendary and she was best known for her chocolate chip cookies.

Georgia is survived by her daughter, Barbara Wann of New Prague; grandchildren, David (Pam) Wann of Carver and Lori (Steve) Meloche of Bloomington; great-grandchildren, Eric & Taylor Wann of Carver.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Ted on June 30, 1985; brother, Walton Young Simpson; sister, Mina L. Fobes.

Funeral services will be held Monday, March 13th at 10:00 AM at Bruzek Funeral Home with Reverend Dr. Steve Trewartha officiating.  Visitation will take place 1 hour prior to service.  Burial will occur at Czech National Cemetery in New Prague with lunch following at the Legion Clubroom.