Franz, Marian C. 1930-2006 (Marian Claassen Franz)

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Franz, Marian C. 1930-2006 (Marian Claassen Franz)


Born October 12, 1930, in Newton, KS; died of cancer, November 17 (some sources cite November 16), 2006; daughter of Ernest G. and Justine Claassen; married Delton Willis Franz (a Mennonite pastor and administrator), June, 1954 (died March 6, 2006); children: Gregory C., Gayle S., Coretta J. Franz-Eby. Education: Bethel College, Newton, KS, B.A., 1954; Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Chicago, M.R.E., 1957.


Elementary schoolteacher in Whitewater, KS, 1951-52, and Hillsboro, KS, 1954-55; Church Federation of Greater Chicago, Chicago, IL, church school supervisor and director of weekday religious education, 1957-63; Dunamis, Washington, DC, cofounder and director, 1970-80; National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund, Washington, DC, executive director and congressional lobbyist, 1982-2006. Faith and Politics Institute, founding member and member of board of directors, 1991-c. 2005; Conscience and Peace Tax International, founding member and chair.


Questions That Refuse to Go Away: Peace and Justice in North America, Herald Press (Scottdale, PA), 1991.

Contributor to periodicals, including International Journal of Religious Education.



Mennonite Weekly Review, November 27, 2006.