Upon his retirement, the Synod Council conferred the title of Bishop Emeritus to Bishop Franzen. Although retired, he did not slow down and served at Lutheran Services of Florida as a Regional Development Associate and as an interim pastor at several congregations.During his years of ministry Lavern authored several books of children’s sermons, wrote children’s songs, and developed a community choir in Temple Terrace known as The Lutheran Choir.
Bishop Franzen is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mary Ann Langevin Franzen. They have four children, Katherine, Frank, Sheryl and Deborah, and several grandchildren.
- Friday, June 24, 10:00 a.m. – Emmanuel Lutheran Church,
790 Tamiami Trail South, Venice, FL 34285.
- Saturday, June 25, 11:00 a.m. – Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church,
304 Druid Hills Road, Temple Terrace, FL 33617.
Notes may be sent to Mary Ann at 900 Tamiami Trail South, Apt. 222, Venice, FL 34285.