Obituary for Jane Bridley Franklin

Jane Bridley Franklin, age 79 of Northfield, passed away Friday morning, February 24, 2017, at the Northfield Hospital Long Term Care Center.  A celebration of life will take place at a later date. Jane Franklin was born October 14, 1937, in Woden, Iowa, to Geerd and Evelyn (Johnson) Eden.  At the age of five she was adopted by Irving and Martha (Jensen) Ambroson and raised in Albert Lea, Minnesota.  In 1957 she married William Bridley.  Together they had four children; Jay, Jody, Jed, and Jan.  They lived in Albert Lea and surrounding communities in Southern Minnesota before divorcing in 1977.  […]

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Jane Bridley Franklin, age 79 of Northfield, passed away Friday morning, February 24, 2017, at the Northfield Hospital Long Term Care Center.  A celebration of life will take place at a later date.

Jane Franklin was born October 14, 1937, in Woden, Iowa, to Geerd and Evelyn (Johnson) Eden.  At the age of five she was adopted by Irving and Martha (Jensen) Ambroson and raised in Albert Lea, Minnesota.  In 1957 she married William Bridley.  Together they had four children; Jay, Jody, Jed, and Jan.  They lived in Albert Lea and surrounding communities in Southern Minnesota before divorcing in 1977.  Jane later moved to Idaho where she met and married Carl Franklin; they moved to Easton, Pennsylvania, and divorced in 1996.  Following the divorce Jane returned to Minnesota to be near family and lived in Pine City and McGregor before moving to Northfield in 2005.

Jane enjoyed craft work, could described as an “eclectic collector”, and was a former member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.  She was happy, positive, giving, caring and “chatty.”  She also had a fondness for Tootsie Rolls and coffee.  Jane was also an avid genealogist; spending many years tracking down her birth parents and siblings.  She loved her family dearly and she will be missed.

Survivors include her children Jay (Shari) Bridley of Northfield, Jody Root of Round Rock, Texas, Jan (Sherman) Jahnssen of Mankato; 12 grandchildren – Brian, Sara, Jeremy, Jake, Amber, Aaron, Jesse, Tyler, Annie, Nicole, Billy, and John; 13 great-grandchildren; one brother, John (Nora) Rodas of Arlington, Virginia; one sister, Judy Norcross, Oxnard, California; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; son Jed Bridley, daughter-in-law Jill Bridley, brothers Vernon “David” Lane, Roger Boyken, and Michael Ambroson; and granddaughter Sara Jahnssen.

A gathering to celebrate Jane’s life will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.  www.northfieldfuneral.com

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  1. Jody root

    love you Mom you will always be my tootsie rolls love always and forever jody

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