Sandy Springs Chapel

136 Mt Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, GA


Louis Mark Franzoni

August 1, 1932March 21, 2020

Louis Mark Franzoni of Sandy Springs, GA passed away on March 21, 2020, after a short struggle with cancer.

He was born in Locarno, Switzerland on August 1, 1932 and moved to New York City when he was 2 years old. He was a U.S. Army veteran, who graduated from Yale University in 1957 and married his wife Janet shortly thereafter. They began their lives together in the northeast and over time migrated south, settling in the Atlanta metropolitan area in 1972. He is survived by his wife (of 62 years) Janet, and five children: Linda Serra (Rich), Lisa Stilwell (Dean), Louis (“Chip”) Franzoni, Jr. (Dorothy), Brenda Padgett (Carl), Christopher Franzoni (Laura), as well as twelve grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. When asked about his profession, Lou would reply “teacher,” despite having been a successful insurance executive for the first 30 years of his career. He did his student teaching at Dunwoody High School, where all five of his children graduated. He then taught science classes at Crestwood, Riverwood, and Chattahoochee High Schools. He received a number of awards for his teaching “flair” and was proud of his student-bestowed nickname “Mr. Fran the Man.” He and Janet were faithful members of St. Jude’s Catholic Church. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, the funeral Mass will be restricted to immediate family members only.


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Louis Mark Franzoni

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Traci (Kooken) Steward

March 30, 2020

Mr. Fran was an amazing teacher. He was very approachable and was loved by anyone that had him for a class at Crestwood. He is above all, an example of what teachers should strive to be for their students. May his family be comforted by memories and stories from all the lives he touched. Prayers

Andi Lay

March 30, 2020

I was lucky enough to have him as my science teacher a million years ago. He was such a wonderful weekend educator! I went on in life and became a special education teacher and was beyond myself when Mr. Franzoni was subbing at my school. It was so cool to be teaching with my former teacher. We talked and caught up a bit.
Rest in Peace Mr. Franzoni ❤

Sally Page

March 30, 2020

I was so sorry to learn of the passing of this very sweet man. I had the privilege of working with him for some years and also took two graduate classes taught by his wonderful wife. He will be truly missed by so many.

Sally Mazor Page

Holly Glismann

March 29, 2020

Sending my deepest condolences to Mr. Franzoni’s family and friends. “Mr. Fran” was a favorite at Crestwood High School, as you know. I always appreciated his patience teaching Chemistry — and the joy he brought to the classroom every day with his bright smile, colorful plaid golf pants, and super cool car (white VW Thing). He is an inspiration and forever remembered lovingly by so many — a life well spent.

Leslie Taylor

March 29, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear of Mr. Franzoni's passing. He was my favorite teacher and is the very reason I majored in Biology in college and later became a high school Biology teacher.
Sending the family much love in this difficult time.

Jennifer Forte

March 29, 2020

I loved Mr. Fran! He was really such a wonderful, enthusiastic , passionate, great teacher, & so much more. He will be greatly missed. Loved his spirit!!!! God bless, & prayers for the family.

Mike Dixon

March 29, 2020

So many memories of Mr. Franzoni. A great teacher great stories from the days at Crestwood. He was proud of his first profession but it was his teaching that shone through as his passion. Many of us are in education because of the teachers we had at Crestwood.

Becky Carlin

March 29, 2020

It’s been 30 years since I had the pleasure of being in Mr. Fran’s class. I STILL talk about him. He was energetic, passionate, friendly, kind and caring. I remember he had quotes all around the perimeter of his classroom. He was a class act in every way and I’m proud to say I was one of students. Peace and prayers to the family.

Anne Bistritz McSweeney

March 29, 2020

I had Mr. Franzoni for high school science. I remember him as a very humorous, fun and kind teacher. I always looked forward to his class. Sending deepest sympathies and condolences to all of his family.

Freddie Boan

March 29, 2020

Thank you for making science fun and enjoyable. You help me realize learning should be some thing that is not a task. I have shared this belief with my own children.