Life Tributes for the week of 9/17/19

Esther (Grenz) Kringler

Esther (Grenz) Kringler passed away Sept. 10, 2019 in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Born in 1924 in Hazelton, North Dakota, Esther brightened our world for 94 years. She is survived by nine sons and daughters, plus 38 grand and great grandchildren, all of whom were blessed with the love and compassion only she could give.

With a stern but patient hand, Grandma Kringler was the original warm, funny, all-knowing, all-seeing Mother.

Esther never complained about her station in life, often with a “hard row to how,” she was there for her family always, the steady hand that never wavered, Esther will remain in our hearts forever, her sense of humor, sharp mind and plain toughness are unequaled and the sacrifices she made all her life will not be forgotten.

Esther cared most about family above all else and this is reflected in the pain and sorrow we all feel so deeply at her passing.

Eventually, all the memories will be good ones, as they should be, memories that will keep Mom alive in our hearts until we meet again.

Esther never remarried after her husband, Walter (Nuppy) Kringler, passed after many, many years in Westwood and Susanville, California, living there after his service in WW2.

Her last 15 years were with family in Klamath Falls. Esther left us surrounded by the children and loved ones who cared so much for her and we know she left us in peace.

A memorial/celebration of life will be held in Susanville at a later date to be announced.


Tammy Franke

On Aug. 22, 2019 the bright light that was Tammy Franke joined our Lord in Heaven. After a long, heroic battle with cancer she passed away at her Reno home surrounded by her family.

Born March 22, 1961 she was the sixth of seven children born to Carl Conn Wallace and Alma Wallace. She grew up in Westwood, California and later moved to Susanville, California to attend Lassen Community College where she obtained her associates degree and played basketball.

She moved to Reno, Nevada and began working for the United States Postal Service. She loved her job at the post office and worked there for 25 years. Playing on a local coed softball team, she met her husband and love of her life, Eric Franke.

In 1984 Tammy and Eric married at South Reno Baptist church.

They enjoyed 35 years of love filled marriage and went on to have three daughters. Tammy loved all things sports, camping, music/concerts and Lake Tahoe, but she loved nothing more than being with family and friends.

She had an infectious love for life that inspired all around her.

She embraced the changing of every season the same way she embraced all changes that came her way.

She loved her family fiercely and fought for 15 long years to be with them. She will be remembered not for her trials during those years, but for her unyielding strength, positivity and faith.

Tammy welcomed those she met with open arms and an open heart. She had the rare ability to make all around her more comfortable and she left a lasting impression on everyone she met. She was rarely seen without a smile on her face and taught us all to live life to the fullest, with compassion, love, strength, and selflessness. Always doing what was right, not what was easy. Her unwavering strength and determination left a lasting light in the lives of anyone who had the pleasure of knowing her. Her love for her family was endless and unlike anything else.

She was an incredible wife, mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, sister, aunt, and friend. She will be met in heaven by her beloved father, Carl Wallace; father-in-law, Raymond Franke; nephew, Michael Wallace; brother-in-law, Larry Haskill; and long time friend, Julie Martinelli, all whom she loved dearly. She will be survived by her loving husband; her mother; three daughters; grandson; and many beloved family. We will forever be grateful for her presence in our lives and will carry her with us in our hearts everyday. We will miss her dearly, until we meet again.

The family would like to thank the Renown Hospice staff that was with her during her final days and to the many doctors and healthcare providers who cared for her over the years.

A Celebration of Life will be held in her honor in the spring of 2020. If you are interested in attending please send name, address and cell phone number to