Noel Franks' Celebration of Life Reception


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A Celebration of Life Reception


Noel Franks

Noel Eugene Franks passed peacefully surrounded by his family on January 11, 2022. A native of Wooster, Ohio, he was born on January 20, 1934. Noel worked nearly 40 years at Chemical Abstracts in the Biochemistry Department and was an emeritus member of the American Chemical Society. Science was one of Noel's loves but his real passion was music. His involvement in the musical community spans decades with many different orchestras, bands, and singing groups. He was a member of the Heisey Wind Ensemble (Newark) where he played for 28 years and a founding member of the alphorn ensemble "Alphorn Gruetsie." For over 50 years, Noel sang with the choruses of the Columbus Germania Gesang und Sportverein, where he served as an Assistant Director. He was preceded in death by his parents Wallace, and JoAnn Franks. Noel is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Margaret Franks (White); brother, Philip (Becky) Franks; sister, Marcia (John) Ott; and son, Todd (Terri); daughter, Tanya Schweitzer; daughter, Elisa (Michael) Fitzmartin; son, Christoph (Kelly); 15 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. There will be a Celebration of Life on Sunday, February 27, 2022, from 2-5pm at the Germania Club, 543 S. Front St, Columbus, OH 43215. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Noel's memory to The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. The Ohio State Fund. To sign the on-line condolences please visit

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