Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 1:00 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown with Rev. Brett Brauer officiating. Family and friends may gather at the church on Thursday from 12 noon until the time of the service. Burial will take place at 1:00 pm on Monday, January 11 at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Monroe, Michigan. Memorials, if desired, may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church or Truth in Love Ministry. Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.
Eleonore Ruth Kirschke was born on July 21, 1921, in Kenosha, to Erich and Anna (nee Schriefer) Kirschke. She was baptized on August 14, 1921, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Kenosha. As a child, she resided with her family in Kenosha, Hustisford, and Two Rivers, Wisconsin, and Saginaw, Michigan. Her father served as a teacher and principal at Lutheran Churches in those cities. On April 14, 1935, Eleonore was confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Saginaw, Michigan. Her memorial verse was, “For here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come.” Hebrews 13: 14. Eleonore was married to Gerhard M. Cares on June 27, 1943, at St. Paul’s Lutheran in Saginaw. They had three children: Judith, Robert, and Mark. During the course of their marriage they cared for several foster children. Gerhard Cares served as pastor at Christ Lutheran
Church in Swan Creek (Saginaw), Michigan, for 15 years. He then accepted a call to Zion Lutheran Church, where he served as pastor for 30 years. Eleonore was active in both congregations, serving in many capacities, including as kindergarten teacher. After Gerhard’s retirement, they moved to Centreville, Michigan, and then to Watertown. Gerhard preceded her in death on May 31, 1996. Eleonore was remarried on July 2, 2000, to Gerhard W. Franzmann at Trinity Lutheran Church, in Watertown, where they were members. They continued to reside in Watertown.
Eleonore is survived by her husband, Gerhard Franzmann of Watertown; children, Judith (David) Rick of Baroda, MI; Robert (Cynthia) Cares of Southfield, MI; Mark (Bonnie) Cares of Nampa, ID; fourteen grandchildren; fifteen great grand children; brother, Lester (Agnes) Kirschke; brother-in-law, Harold Lorenz as well as seven nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Erich and Anna; husband, Gerhard Cares; brother, Gerhard Kirschke; sister, Lillian Lorenz; and a sister-in-law, Lorraine Kirschke.