Froese, Anne

Anne Froese

Anne Froese (nee Hiebert)

1929 - 2010 

FroeseAnna.jpgOn Monday, Nov. 15,, 2010 at 7:18 in the evening at Boundary Trails Health Centre, three days before her 59th wedding anniversary, our Wife, Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma went to her eternal home with Jesus. 

Mom was born on Aug. 13, 1929 on a farm between Reinfeld and Plum Coulee, the second daughter of Peter and Margaret Hiebert. The family moved to Reinfeld when Mom was in grade 4. Here she enjoyed a happy childhood, getting into much mischief with her 6 sisters and 1 brother. She was deeply influenced in her school years by her school teacher, John D Adrian, who was also the Sunday School teacher, Youth leader and choir director in the village and on May 16, 1948 she was baptized on the confession of her faith in the Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church. Mom spent a few years working in retail in Winkler and then on Nov 18, 1951 she married Dad, John Froese, in a service conducted in the Reinfeld School because the Church was too small to host a wedding. Married life began in a small suite at the back of the Old Colony Church. The next spring they purchased a farm yard in the village, a place that remained their home for the next 32 years. 

Mom worked hard during these years, raising 4 children, assisting with the farm work, maintaining a large yard and 2 vegetable gardens. After her youngest child entered school she returned to work on a part time basis at Gladstone Stylerite and remained in their employ for another 23 years. In 1984, after they became empty nesters, Mom and Dad relocated to Roblin Blvd. in Winkler. Here she thrived on gardening, bowling, watching the sports activities of her Grandchildren, cooking special occasion meals for her family, playing table games with her sisters on many evenings and taking yearly driving trips with Dad to B.C. to visit Linda's family. Then in 2005, Mom and dad moved to their home on 15th St.

Mom's faith was evident in her actions. She served us as family and others tirelessly. She was a long time member of the Zion Mennonite Church and particularly enjoyed ministering in music in her Church and also in local nursing homes in more recent years. 

In August of this year, Mom began experiencing pain in her back and abdomen. Suspecting gall bladder inflammation she was admitted to BTHC for investigations on Sept.30th. Surgery on Oct 2nd confirmed that she had gall bladder cancer. We were happy to be able to bring Mom home on Thanksgiving weekend and she remained at home until Nov. 9th when she was readmitted to hospital. 

Mom was predeceased by 1 brother in infancy, her Father in 1953, her Mother in 1990, her brother Pete Hiebert in 1995 and her older sister Tina Friesen in 2008. 

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, John; one daughter Linda Wiebe and her husband John; three sons and their wives, John and Ann, Randy and Margaret and Pete and Sharon; 11 grandchildren Tim, Jonathan (Jocelyn), Leslie, Josh, Kirn, Leanne (Nathan Reimer), Derek, Justin, Brittany, Kayla and Brendan, and one great grandson, Jackson, born 4 days before her passing. She will also be greatly missed by her sisters and their husbands, Helen and John Hamm, Mary Krahn, Margaret and George Ens, Betty and Pete Penner, Dorothy and Frank Giesbrecht and by her sisters-in law and brother in law, Anne Froese, and Mary and Henry Bartsch. 

A service of remembrance was held on November 19, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at the Winkler Mennonite Church with interment prior at Reinfeld Cemetery. 

Our family would like to express our sincere appreciation to Dr. Day, Dr. Woelk, Cheryl Penner and the nursing staff at BTHC for their compassionate care of Mom. We also want to thank her friends, our extended family and her Church family for the prayer support, visits, cards, flowers and meals provided in the past 6 weeks. We also express our heartfelt thanks to pastors Frank Unrau, Bill Thiessen, Darcy Freund, and Pedro Friesen for the support and spiritual comfort provided for both Mom and Dad. We also thank Wiebe Funeral Home for their comforting and professional service.

If friends so desire, donations in Anne's memory can be made to Boundary Trails Health Centre Palliative Care. 

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler in care of arrangements.