Gertrude "Gert" Franzmeier - Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

Gertrude “Gert” Franzmeier

April 18, 1932 - September 24, 2020

Gertrude "Gert" Franzmeier, age 88, of Bloomington, formerly of Richfield, passed away on September 24, 2020. Gert Renslo was born and lived in Caledonia through high school. She was preceded in death by parents, Ole and Gunhild Renslo, of Caledonia, MN and brothers, Albert, Thomas and Robert. Surviving are a sister, Barbara (Bob) Boyd; sister-in-law, Sheryl (Chuck) Larson and nieces and nephews. In the summer of 1950, she was introduced to Richard Franzmeier at the Houston County Fair, since they were both going to Luther College in Decorah, IA in the coming Fall. She attended Fairview Hospital nursing school and became a registered nurse and worked for 5 years. She and Dick were married in 1955. She worked on and off for 4 years before becoming a full-time housewife, which was her lifelong passion. Together, they raised their three children: Karen, Paul (Melissa) Franzmeier and Janet (Scott) Boerger. Gert found great purpose in her Christian faith, loved her family unconditionally and was an inspiration to all around her. Gert was a fun and loving grandma to eight grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She had remarkable strength and used her gifts wisely. She was Gert: she used regular exercise, attended church, smiled, hid our "favorites" occasionally, was involved in her church choir for many years, played the piano, played tennis, made lefse and flatbread, listened attentively, prayed regularly and shared compassion to others. These are just a few of the gifts with which she positively affected others. Dick, celebrating 65 years together with Gert and children, relatives and friends will deeply miss her. We are thankful for the 88 years she lived here on earth and are now celebrating her life in heaven.

Per Gert's wishes, memorials are preferred to Woodlake Heritage Endowment Fund or Woodlake Lutheran Church Choir, 2120 W. 76th St, Richfield, MN 55423


  1. Terri Burt says:

    I will never forget how sweet Mrs Franzmeier was to me. Because my mom worked outside the home, Mrs Franzmeier and Janet would pick me up on Wednesdays and drive us to choir practice at Woodlake. Sometimes she even brought me a snack (ice cream in a coffee cup)!
    My sympathies to your family,
    Terri Fieman Burt

    • Janet says:

      That is such a great memory Terri! I am not surprised about the “ice cream in a coffee cup” memory!
      She always thought of others!
      Thanks so much for sharing

  2. Brent Ellison says:

    Gert was my sister Melissa’s Mother-in-Law. I got to know her and Dick over the years and grew to love them both. Gert had impressive credentials- she could ice skate, play “Happy Birthday” on the trombone, AND bake lefse, which I knew nothing about until I met her! She always had a positive attitude, and was supportive of Paul and Melissa as they pastored growing churches and raised my nieces and nephew. She was an awesome Grandma to them. I enjoyed my visits with her, and her thoughtful emails. She truly became family and will be sorely missed. I’m glad she is with our Lord and is at peace. My prayers are with Dick and the family at this time.

  3. Paul & Myrna Renslo says:

    We will be with you to celebrate Gert’s life, via zoom! WE are thinking of all of Gert’s family, with love and sympathy,
    Paul and Myrna Renslo

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