News from Around the Conference – Sweet Farewells

Sweet Farewells

Maude Railly Cooper – A member of the All Nations SDA Church, Maude passed away on February 9, 2017 at 92 years of age.

Dr. Gordon and Marjorie Franklin – Dr. and Mrs. Franklin died from injuries sustained in a house fire at their home in Northome, Minn. on February 22, 2017. Dr. Franklin was born July 11, 1921, and was 95 years old when he died. Marjorie, better known as Midge, was born February 14, 1925, and was 92 when she died. Dr. and Mrs. Franklin are well known in their community for the medical care given to those in need of help, and will be greatly missed.

A memorial service celebrating the lives of Dr. Gordon and Midge Franklin will be held on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the Northome Public School in Northome, MN with Pastor Doug Hardt officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral at the school. Inurnment will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Northome, Minnesota at a later date. For more information or to offer condolences, please visit

Janet Lois Franz – Born Jan. 27, 1939 in Sibley County, Mn. Died Jan. 18, 2017 in White Bear Lake, MN.  Faithful member of the Stillwater, Mn Church.  Preceded in death by husband Jerry Franz. Survived by her children: TeriKay(Duane) Thein, Jeff (Terri) Eckerson, Kirk (Kari) Franz.  Grandchildren: Carolyn Thein, Jeffry Eckerson Jr., Jonny Eckerson, Pam Hogan, Santana Franz. Great Grandchildren: Camerson Quast, Jason Hogan, Haden Beck.

Bonnie Jeanne Roark Johnson – March 17,1930 – January 1, 2017. Bonnie fell asleep in Jesus after an illness.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Johnson and her parents.

Bonnie taught English at Sheyenne River Academy, Indiana Academy, Mountain View Academy, Broadview Academy, College View Academy and Canadian Union College. She continued to teach English and Education until her retirement in May of 1993 when she moved to Minnesota.  She was a member of the Minnetonka SDA Church and was active in various church ministries including teaching Sabbath School classes, volunteering at MCA, ministering in Prison Ministries and participating in a women’s Bible Group “The JULIETS.” She remained involved in the church until her rest began on January 1, 2017.

She is survived by her three children, Beverley Johnson Wong, Sherri Chaffee and Gerry Johnson along with six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She will be missed by her family, friends and her church family.

Glad Tidings

If you have any Glad Tidings or Sweet Farewells to share with your friends and family throughout Minnesota, please email

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