Franziska Schabram

Obituary of Franziska Maria Schabram

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On the afternoon of January 15th, on the day of our 41st anniversary, my dearly beloved wife, Franziska Schabram, peacefully passed away at home after bravely battling cancer. Over the last month, her condition had significantly worsened, but she found tranquility in her final moments. All three of our daughters visited, and I remained by her side until the very end.


Franziska's journey was one of courage and resilience. Despite the relentless challenges posed by cancer, she faced each moment with grace and bravery, teaching us all about the strength that resides within the human spirit. Her final days were a testament to her unyielding spirit, and she found peace surrounded by the love of her family.


We cannot overlook the profound love and devotion she held for her family—a love for her three cherished daughters and that extended to her three adored grandchildren. In recent years, Franziska welcomed the joy of being a grandmother with open arms. Her three grandchildren brought an additional layer of warmth and delight to her life. In their company, she found a renewed sense of wonder, a source of joy that mirrored the exuberance of her own adventurous spirit. From stories shared to quiet moments of bonding, Franziska's love for her grandchildren was palpable and created a treasure trove of memories that will endure for generations to come.


Franziska was a beacon of warmth and kindness, a woman whose vibrant spirit illuminated the lives of those around her. Her passing leaves a void that cannot be filled, but I find solace in the countless memories and the love she shared with us all.


One of Franziska's most remarkable qualities was her ability to connect with people effortlessly. She was a perfect communicator, making everyone feel heard and valued. Her genuine interest in others, coupled with her infectious laughter, created an atmosphere of joy and camaraderie wherever she went. Franziska had an uncanny ability to turn strangers into friends and friends into family. Her friendships were deep-rooted and enduring, a testament to her genuine and caring nature.


Franziska had a deep love for all kind of animals. Her compassion extended beyond the human realm to embrace all creatures, big and small. The bond she shared with animals was a reflection of her tender heart and the empathy that defined her character. Whether it was a loyal canine companion, a stray cat, a horse or a donkey that needed a place for retirement Franziska found joy in the company of animals and advocated for their well-being.


One of the many facets that made Franziska truly exceptional was her love for travel. She carried within her a curiosity that knew no bounds, an insatiable desire to discover new places, meet people from different walks of life, and immerse herself in the richness of diverse experiences. Whether it was the bustling streets of a vibrant city or the serene landscapes of a far-off countryside, Franziska found wonder and beauty in every corner of the globe.


Our Rana Ranch, a sanctuary of peace and tranquility, was not just a piece of land for Franziska; it was a canvas upon which she painted countless memories, a haven where she found solace and connection with the natural world.


Franziska's love for Rana Ranch went beyond mere appreciation; it was a deep and abiding connection that led her to make a lasting impact on the very landscape she treasured. In an act of foresight and love for the land, Franziska ensured that Rana Ranch would forever remain untouched and unspoiled by the hands of development. Through a conservation easement, she secured a legacy of preservation, a gift to the earth and future generations that mirrors the care and reverence she felt for the natural world.


This act of conservation is a testament to Franziska's understanding of the delicate balance between humanity and the environment. She recognized that Rana Ranch wasn't just a personal haven; it was a shared space of beauty, serenity, and ecological importance. Through her selfless dedication to the conservation easement, she leaves behind a legacy that transcends her own lifetime, a legacy of stewardship that speaks to her vision for a world where nature and humanity coexist harmoniously.


May we find inspiration in Franziska's actions, and may her legacy of conservation serve as a reminder that each of us has the power to make a positive impact on the world around us.


Franziska has left me with a poignant request that reflects the deep connection she felt to a place that held a special spot in her heart—the beloved Rana Ranch. The scattering of Franziska's ashes at Rana Ranch is a symbolic return, a blending of her essence with the land she loved. It is a poetic expression of the eternal cycle of life and nature, where, just as the wind carries her ashes, her spirit will continue to dance through the rustling leaves and sway with the grasses of the ranch.


When we as family will say our final farewells and release her ashes into the embrace of Rana Ranch, we will do so with gratitude for the legacy she leaves behind—a legacy of love, commitment, and a deep respect for the beauty of the natural world.


In embracing Franziska's wish, we not only pay tribute to her adventurous spirit but also create a lasting connection between her and the beauty that surrounds us. We will find comfort in knowing that she becomes a part of the landscape she held dear, a part of the eternal rhythm of the natural world.


May this act serve as a poignant reminder that, like the wind that carries Franziska's ashes, her spirit is forever intertwined with the beauty and serenity of Rana Ranch. May her memory continue to inspire us to seek connection with the places and people that bring us joy, and may her adventurous spirit live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved her.


May Franziska's soul find eternal peace, and may the land of Rana Ranch forever hold the echoes of her laughter and the imprint of her free and adventurous soul.

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Franziska Schabram

1955 - 2024

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