Monday, August 8, 2022

Sunday Obituary - Cindy Kinnick Franzeen


Cynthia Lee Kinnick Franzeen

We lost another first cousin Kinnick this week...


Services for Cynthia Franzeen, 70, this Saturday 

Cynthia Lee Franzeen, 70, of rural Scranton, IA, passed away on Friday, July 29, 2022 at her home. 

Funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, August 6 at the Coon Rapids American Legion with Pastor Alan Miller of Trinity Lutheran Church officiating. Casket bearers will be LaVerne Greenfield, Joe Bru, Adam Franzeen, Michael Lewis, Marcus Lewis, Cory Sanden, and Kory Kinnick. Honorary casket bearers will be Cameron Franzeen, Carter Franzeen, Reece Bru, Tylar Bru, Isaac Bru, Marcia Lewis, and Lon Kinnick. Burial will be in the Coon Rapids Cemetery. 

Visitation will be held at the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Coon Rapids from 5 – 7 P.M. on Friday evening. The casket will be moved to the Coon Rapids American Legion on Sat- urday at 9:30 A.M. where visitation will resume until 10:15 A.M. 

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Coon Rapids and online condolences may be left for the family at å


Cindy, as she was affectionately known, was born on September 7, 1951 in Carroll, IA, and she was the daughter of Edward “Buzz” and Colleen (Davis) Kinnick. She was raised on her family’s farm near Bayard and graduated from Bayard High School in 1969. Cindy was an exceptional basketball guard and was one of the leading rebounders in the state of Iowa her senior year. She then attended Mankato State University for two years and then to Iowa State where she joined the Delta Delta Delta Sorority and graduated with a degree in Child Development with honors. Cindy opened her own pre-school in Bayard and then Coon Rapids. She started hundreds and hundreds of children on the road to education. Cindy took a job with Community Opportunities where she was a regional director over several Head Start centers. On February 23, 1974, Cindy was united in marriage to her childhood sweetheart Sid Franzeen at St. John Lutheran Church in Des Moines. Cindy and Sid were married 48 1⁄2 years. They were in love from the third grade on. The couple made their home south of Bayard for a year then moved to their current location. Cindy was busy with her teaching until injuries from a car accident in 2004 forced her to retire. Cindy has been bravely fighting serious chronic pain for the last 18 years. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Her hair had to be perfect before she went out. Wherever she went at least one person would say...”I Love Your Hair!” She enjoyed gardening, nature, flowers, reading books, and canning vegetables. She loved to help kids with 4-H projects, help Sid in the field, and help wean pigs. She was truly the all American mom, grandma, and wife. 

Cindy is survived by her husband Sid Franzeen of rural Scranton; her children and their families: son Dr. Blake Franzeen (Mindy) of Johnston, daughter Dr. Lexie Greenfield (LaVerne) of West Des Moines, son Brody Franzeen (Jenn) of Johnston, and daughter Tessa Bru (Joe) of Polk City; five very special grandchildren who Cindy adored and they affectionately called her “Nanny”: Cameron Franzeen, Carter Franzeen, Reece Bru, Tylar Bru, and Isaac Bru; a sister Marcia Lewis of Bayard; a brother Lon Kinnick (Donna) of Coon Rapids; a sister-in-law Cindy Kinnick of Bayard; a brother-in-law Craig Franzeen (Nancy) of Guthrie Center; many nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends. 

Cindy was preceded in death by her parents Edward “Buzz” and Colleen Kinnick; her father and mother-in-law Curtis and Rebecca Franzeen; her brother Bryan Kinnick; and brother-in- law Neil Lewis.