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May 27, 2022

Ruby Handley Franzke

Ruby Mae Handley Franzke was residing in Gladstone, Ore. at the time of her death on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. She was 99.

She was born in Tracy on Jan. 8, 1918, the first of two children born to Nettie Jane Garlick and Alexander Handley. She graduated from Salinas High School and then moved with her family to Soquel where her father found work as a butcher. It was there she met and eventually married Oscar John Franzke on July 25, 1937.

Desiring more room in which to raise their family, they moved onto a three-acre apple ranch in Watsonville. She was always devoted to her family and was a wonderful homemaker.

Mrs. Franzke was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Franzke, her brother, Grover (Gene) Handley; her two daughters, Donna Peterson and Darlene Franzke; and a grandson. She is survived by her son, Dr. Ronald Franzke (Nancy) of West Linn, Ore.; sister-in-law, Coral Fisher; six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her memorial service is under the direction of Ave Maria Memorial Chapel and will be held on Thursday, April 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the Pajaro Valley Memorial Park, located at 127 Hecker Pass Road, Watsonville. For information, call 724-4751.

Arrangements have been entrusted in the care of The Carroll Family of Ave Maria Memorial Chapel,


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