Herman Froese

Herman B. Froese

Thursday, April 18th, 1935 - Tuesday, October 20th, 2020
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April 18, 1935 - October 20, 2020

It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Herman Froese aged 85 years. Herman passed away peacefully at Grace Hospital with nurse Noel by his side after a brief battle with Covid -19.

Herman leaves to mourn his loving wife of 60 years Mary Froese (nee Koop), son Rick Froese (Karen), son Curt Froese (Marsha Saldat and family), daughter Pam Fileccia (Phil and his 4 children and 4 grandchildren); grandchildren, Lindsay Froese (Mitch Glenn and Opal), Alyssa Heinrichs (Carson, Annabella and Makinley), Cameron Froese and Kelsey Morrison (Fiancé Kirk Peters and his 5 children). Herman is also survived by his siblings, Mary (Mitch) Warkentin, Ernest (Rose) Froese, Martha (Abe) Friesen and Ruth (Henry) Spenst and their families, as well as Mary’s siblings, Abe Koop (Helen Koop), Elsie (Abe) Bartel, Helen (Ben) Giesbrecht and their families.

Herman was born in Steinbach, MB to Cornelius M. Froese and Maria (nee Bartel) and raised on the family farm in Grunthal, MB. He attended Green Valley School in Grunthal. He met and married the love of his life Mary Koop on July 17, 1960. As a young man he moved to Winnipeg to work for North American Lumber and then continued to Alberta with the company. He returned to Manitoba to drive as an owner operator and later dispatch for Du-Rite Cartage. He later moved into the crane business working for Litz Cranes and then as a dedicated employee of Able Movers with a brief term at Parkdale Construction in between. He retired from dispatching at Able Movers after a 20 plus year career in December 1999.

Herman and Mary bought their first home in Wolseley, raising their three children in this community. They eventually moved to Transcona and made many new friends and recently moved to St Vital to be near the support of daughter Pam.
Herman and Mary enjoyed many summers at the cottage in Beausejour, MB entertaining friends and family. Herman enjoyed golf and friends Ben Friesen and John Derksen joined him for many games. Herman also had a passion for music whether enjoying the service and singing of hymns at Sargent Avenue Mennonite Church or playing instruments such as the organ and later the Omnichord (or Q Chord). Herman also enjoyed photography and spent hours in his dark room developing his own photos. He was an avid snowmobile rider attending races with brother-in-law Abe. As well, his summers were spent touring on his motorcycle with the Geritol Angels. He also enjoyed attending activities his grandchildren and great-grandchildren participated in such as concerts and sports. After retirement Herman and Mary enjoyed several winters at Leisure World in Weslaco, Texas.

Herman will be fondly remembered by family and friends for his charm, gentleness, amazing memory and the twinkle in his eye.

Herman was predeceased by his grandson John Aaron Froese, parents Cornelius and Maria Froese and Cornelius’ second wife Anna (Unger, nee Friesen), in-laws George and Mary Koop (nee Kasdorf), brothers-in-law John Koop and Henry Warkentin and sister-in-law Linda Koop.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Victoria Hospital and especially the staff at the Grace Hospital for the care, compassion and communication offered during this very difficult time made more difficult due to Covid-19 restrictions. Specifically, we would like to thank Jessica, Noel, Kate, Bianca, Brianna and the staff on 5 South at the Grace Hospital.

Due to Covid-19 there will be a small family service when restrictions allow us to gather. Flowers are gratefully declined but donations can be made in Herman’s memory to MCC, Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba or a charity of your choice.

Mennonite Central Committee at;
134 Plaza Drive, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 5K9

Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba at
1379 Kenaston Blvd, Winnipeg, MB, R3P 2T5

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    Sargent Avenue Mennonite Church Cemetery
    22 Victoria Road
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Private Condolence

Edwin and Ruth Epp

Posted at 05:09pm
Mary and family. Our sincere condolences to you at this time of Herman's death. May God give you comfort and hope at this time. We remember Herman with loving appreciation.

Ruth and Edwin

Helen Friesen

Posted at 07:10am
Our sincere sympathies to you Mary and your family. It was always a pleasure visiting with Herman at The Froese breakfast get togethers. Treasure all your precious memories. Love and prayers. Benny and Helen Friesen

Johanna Kellett

Posted at 12:57pm
My deepest condolences to Mary and family and also to Herman's siblings and families. Losing a husband, father and grandfather is hard also losing a brother and brother in law. I pray you will soon be able to sit together and share wonderful memories of the past.
Johanna (Driedger) Kellett.

Dave Bartel

Posted at 12:42am
Dave and Hilda Bartel
Dear Mary...Sincere condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers
are with you at this time.

Alyssa Heinrichs

Posted at 10:28am
Best opa I could have asked for 😞💜

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