Kathleen Franko was passionate about her family, her candy store and serving her community.
“She was the best mom,” said Charles Franko, her husband. “She lived for her kids. She lived for her grandchildren and put them on pedestals.”
Owner of the Candy Cove in the Old Courthouse Shops, the store was a big part of Franko’s life.
“She thought the store couldn’t survive without her,” Charles Franko said.
Franko, 65, of Crown Point, served two terms on the Crown Point Community School Corp. board.
“She loved it and she thrived on that, doing some good while on the board,” Charles Franko said. “She didn’t care for the way the School Board was running at the time.”
Her husband suggested she get more involved.
“She took the ball and did it on her own,” Charles Franko said. “Once she got on a mission, she took it to the fullest.”
Married 43 years, they met when he was a Crown Point police officer and pulled her over for a traffic stop.
“She was my rock,” Charles Franko said. “I bought her a scanner so she knew my trials and tribulations. If I had a tough 3 to 11 shift, I would come home and she would have a nice cold beer waiting.”
If her husband didn’t want to talk, Franko would quietly sit by him.
“If I wanted to quit she would always encourage me to stay,” he said. “We had a good, good thing.”
Franko, who liked politics, never had a bad word to say to anyone, he said. She was very funny matching her husband’s jokes, sometimes leaving him speechless.
“She was a great lady,” he said. “She was a peach.”
Candy Cove will continue operating under Franko’s sister Gayle VanSessen and her niece Katie Stomper, Charles Franko said.