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Memorial service will be held at 1:00PM on Friday August 25, 2017 at Spring Church 595 Lagimodiere Blvd. in Winnipeg. Viewing will be from 1PM-9PM on Wednesday at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler. Private family interment prior to the service. Donations may be made in Esther's memory to Watoto Canada



Esther Catherine Froese (nee Bartsch)

1957 – 2017

It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Esther Catherine Froese (nee Bartsch) on August 21, 2017, at Boundary Trails Health Centre.

Esther was born to the late Henry and Mary Bartsch on September 30, 1957.  She grew up in the close knit community of Reinfeld, and was baptized upon the confession of her faith May 19, 1975.  It was in Reinfeld that Esther would meet her one true love, Jacob Froese.  They were married on July 29, 1978.  Together they raised four wonderful children, in whom she took great pride.  Esther was always full of adventure, vigor, and joy, no matter what she chose to do.  She was a woman of many pursuits, who found interests and friends wherever life took her.  Esther worked as a teacher, owned a clothing store and tea room, managed a fitness facility, sold jewellery, enjoyed travelling, and loved to shop - she left quite a legacy of clothing and hair styles!  Esther enriched the lives of everyone who knew her, making sure each person who entered her home felt loved and welcomed.  Her faith was a constant source of joy and strength, and she actively served in every congregation she was a part of. 

Esther is survived by her devoted husband, Jake, her children – Andrew (Christan), Maria (Stephen), Alan, and Mark, and her grandson, Jove, her very special ‘hunny-bunny’.  Esther also leaves behind her siblings – Jake, Agnes (Bill), Margaret (Dave), Anne (Robert), and Menno (Brenda), as well as many in-laws, nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.

The family wishes to thank all those who were involved in her care – the staff at Health Sciences Centre (GH3), St Boniface Hospital, and Boundary Trails Health Centre were wonderful and compassionate, and the family is so grateful for the exceptional care they provided.  The family also expresses their gratitude to Wiebe Funeral Home and Springs Church for the arrangements made.

Esther will be interred at Reinfeld Cemetery.  The service in honour of her life will be held on Friday, August 25 at 1 pm, at Springs Church (595 Lagimodiere Blvd, Winnipeg).

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Esther’s name to Watoto Children’s Care Ministries.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements


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