Mrs. Franziska Anna Malley, age 89 years, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away peacefully on Monday, July 13, 2020, at Fulton Presbyterian Manor.
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Franziska was born on February 8, 1931, in Schlaggenwald, formerly Bohemia, Germany, the daughter of Anton Ott and Anna (Hochberger) Ott. She was married on March 4, 1975, in Jefferson City, Mo. to John Malley, he preceded her in death on July 8, 2016.
Franziska loved Jefferson City; the history and German names reminded her of home. She was actively involved in her community and participated in numerous civic organizations. A voracious reader, she was passionate about history and enjoyed sharing her German heritage. It was particularly important to her to let people know about the plight of her people, the Sudeten Germans, who were expelled from their homeland after WWII.
Franziska was a devout Catholic. She was a member of St. Joseph Cathedral in Jefferson City, The Ladies of Guadalupe Circle, and St. Mary’s Auxiliary.
A gifted musician, she was classically trained in voice and piano. Early on, she joined the Cantorum, the “Morning Music Club,” and sang at St. Joseph’s Cathedral.
Franziska enjoyed cooking, never hesitating to try a new dish. As a Master Gardener, she loved working in her garden, which featured a colorful array of flowers and plants throughout the year.
Survivors include one son: Norbert Hofmann (Riki) of Germany; two daughters, Rita Francesco (Jo) of Fulton, Mo. and Johanna Hofmann of Jefferson City, Mo; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter, Herta Hicks; and sister, Traudl Bucholz.
Due to the risks presented by the Covid-19 virus, the family wishes to keep all services private.She will be laid to rest at Hawthorn Memorial Gardens.
A webcast of the funeral service will begin at 10:00 AM Central Standard Time, Friday, July 24, 2020, for friends and extended family to watch by visiting her memorial page on Freeman Mortuary’s website.
Friends may mail sympathy cards to the funeral home to leave condolences online to be given to her family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to “Friends of Music Scholarship Fund” through the University of Missouri School of Music, or to “Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri.”
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.