Anna Frahm was welcomed into the arms of our Lord Tuesday, August 13, 2019. Family and friends will gather for a memorial service to celebrate her life, her strength and her faith Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at Grace Funeral Home, 2401 Houston Highway, Victoria, Texas.
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On March 20, 1925 in Milwaukee WI, the first-born and first American generation of John and Mary Karopec Potisk came into this world. Throughout her life, Anna displayed a strength of character, love of learning, tenacity of spirit, heart-felt compassion, and a joy for life.
Retiring from the District Circuit Courts in Milwaukee, Anna moved to Alpine, TX and worked in the family business raising, selling and shipping throughout the world exotic cacti and succulents. Visitors to the business were readily greeted and she often acted as a guide to the many points of interest from Big Bend National Park, Boquillas Canyon, shopping in Presidio, TX and visiting Carlsbad Caverns. Working in a small office, Anna also provided contract office services to numerous small businesses in the area, including tax services, as well as professional and legal correspondence. She became well-known in the area for her professional business acumen, precise typing skills and professional decorum. A majority of her services was preparing Master and Doctoral candidate theses for presentation and publishing. Many Business, Science and English papers for students at Sul Ross State University were enhanced by her excellent spelling, grammar and syntax skills at a time when the internet, correction tape and keyboarding were still undiscovered. For a short time, she served as a dispatcher for the Alpine Police Department.
When serious illness altered her life, Anna changed course, moving in with her youngest daughter and soon partook in the joys of being a grandmother while maintaining her strong independent and adventuresome nature. With the loving support of her daughters, Anna embarked on her 'first' childhood, securing a passport and being ready to go. She floated the Rio Grande, cruised to Cancun and Bermuda [twice], rode the teacups at Disney World and survived an earthquake while visiting Disney Land. Her feet felt the waters of the Great Lakes, both oceans and the Gulf of Mexico. Anna met the Statler Brothers in Branson, gambled in Vegas, ate beignets in New Orleans, peaked over the edge of the Grand Canyon, stood on Pike's Peak and watched the world from buses, sky trams, airplane and Amtrak windows, and from a hot-air balloon. She logged untold miles on her vehicles. But her favorite view was seeing her children wrapped in her arms. Each greeting and departure were with a hug and murmured "Love You!". She raised her children each believing they were her favorite. Her tenacious spirit, her shy smile, gentle encouragement and friendly manner is deeply missed.
Anna was born on the first day of Spring which added to her growing creative attributes. There wasn't a plant she couldn't coax back to life. Always learning something, she was a skilled seamstress, made many crocheted doilies, knitted afghans and baby booties. She taught herself to make stained glass hangings and spent endless hours creating intricate cross-stitch portraits until her hands were worn out, at which time she continued her voracious reading, did expert crosswords in ink, and completed huge picture puzzles.
In addition to her parents, Anna was preceded in death by her brothers, Herman Potisk and Jullian Potisk; sisters Josephine Pedersen, Mary Turnball and Lillian Skrobis; sons Harold J Frahm and James R Frahm; son-in-law Retired Senior Chief Petty Officer Carlos C Garza, USN, and granddaughter Retired Captain Fayette M Frahm, US Army.
Anna is survived by her son, John S. Frahm and wife, Marcy of Munds Park, AZ; daughters, Deborah Frahm of Stuart, VA, Rebecca Garza of Fort Davis, TX, and SuzAnne Frahm Kroll and husband, Thomas of Victoria, TX; sister, Alice Veit and husband, Robert of Crandon, WI; grandchildren, Carole Pennington and husband, Kenny of St. Cloud, FL, Stephen Frahm and wife, Krystan of Phoeniz, AZ, and Dr. Krystle Frahm and husband, Dr. Sanjay Dixit of Pittsburgh, PA; 7 great-grandchildren including newest addition, Milind Frahm Dixit.
Her wishes for each of you would be for you to enjoy what life has offered you. Stumbling is just a way to regain your footing. Taste the new foods. See the new places. Give flowers to people while they are alive to smell them. Respect others. Have a quick smile, kind word and encourage those you know. Always have a hug ready.
In Lieu of flowers donations are requested to be sent to the Salvation Army in Anna’s memory.
Arrangements and services under the personal care of Grace Funeral Home.