franz pic3 001Franz, K. pic 1 001franz pic 4 001Franz pic 2 001Kate Kristin Franz passed away on Saturday, February 25, 2017 from pulmonary fibrosis.  She was born on December 26, 1974 and grew up on the near east side of Indianapolis.  Kate graduated from Harmony high school in Bloomington Indiana.  She lived in Seattle Washington for twelve years where she studied at a community college with an interest in environmental science. Kate was one of the first people to serve coffee as a barista when the Abbey Coffee House opened in Indianapolis.  She worked at several other coffee houses before becoming a baker.  Her most recent job was as manager for the bakery at Earth Fare Grocery in Carmel, Indiana.  She also worked for Amazon for several years where she met Jonathan Wayland who became her best friend and partner.  Kate was appreciated by those who knew her for her honesty, intelligence, courage, and love of animals.

A Celebration of Kate’s life and tree planting will take place on April 8, 2017, with a time and location to be announced.

Please visit to view a tribute to Kate and leave a condolence for Kate’s family.