It is with very saddened and heavy hearts that the family announces the peaceful passing of their beloved Mother, Oma, and Great Oma, on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Lambton Meadowview Villa, Petrolia. Born in Czechoslovakia, the daughter of the late Aloisia and Adolf Knirsch, HEDWIG FRANZ (nee Knirsch), of Petrolia, was in her 91st year. She and her late husband Nikolaus Franz (1995) were proud cofounders of Franz Turkey Farms Ltd in 1960, following their immigration to Canada from Germany in 1954. Loving mother of Gerhard and Theresa Franz, Dorie and Frank Bartelen, and Elly Powell and Jason Wright. She will be so deeply and forever missed by her grandchildren Rachel (Mike) Stokes, Monika (Brodie) Williams, Erika (Matt) McGrail, Kimberly (Bryon) McConaghy, Joe Powell, Jeremy (Freya) Bartelen, Brandon Bartelen, Tyler Bartelen, and Jessie Bartelen, and her nine great grandchildren. Also sadly missed by her very close friend and sister-in-law Anny Franz, her cousin Maria Falusi, and by many friends and extended family. Predeceased by her brother Wilhelm Knirsch. Her family will truly miss her love, compassion, and selflessness, and she will eternally remain in their hearts. Family and friends will be received on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the NEEDHAM-JAY FUNERAL HOME, Petrolia. Prayers will be offered at 4 p.m. Friday. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at St. Philip’s Church, King Street, Petrolia. Interment in Mount Calvary Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made by cheque to VON (www.von.ca) or the Alzheimer Society (www.alzheimer.ca). Memories, pictures, and condolences may be shared online at www.needhamjay.com.