Gerhard FROESE

Gerhard FROESE

FROESE; Gerhard “George”

April 8, 1917 – April 24, 2015

FROESE, Gerhard “George” of Abbotsford, BC went to be with the Lord at the age of 98 at Abbotsford Regional Hospital on April 24, 2015. He was born on April 8, 1917 in Isiljkulj, Siberia, Russia. George was predeceased by his father and mother, Isaac and Elizabeth Koop, his adoptive parents Abram and Catherina Froese, his wife, Irma (nee Funk), his younger sister Mary and his other brothers and sisters in Russia. George will be forever missed by his loving wife, Sue (nee Schmidt); his 6 children Ed Froese (Vi), Gerald Froese (Vivian), Bettyanne Neufeld (Ron), Jack Froese (Debbie), Eileen Deros (Glenn) and Marjorie Toews (Dan), 21 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. George moved from Russia to Canada with his adoptive parents and sister, Mary, at the age of 13 and settled in Steinbach, Manitoba. In 1944 he moved with his family to a dairy farm in Matsqui, BC. In 1945 George married Irma and settled in Mt. Lehman where he founded Bakerview Farms, a commercial egg farm, and raised his 6 children. George enjoyed his life as a chicken farmer and was very proud of the fact that the farm has remained in the family. George enjoyed his many hours of fishing at Loon Lake with his family, traveling the world and spending time with his grandchildren. A viewing will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 2310 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford, from 9-10:30 a.m. immediately followed by a burial service at Maclure Road Mennonite Cemetery for family and close friends. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, May 30 at 11:00 am at Bakerview MB Church, 2285 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford. George was always grateful for the Mennonite Central Committee’s help in relocating his family during its move from Russia to Canada. He supported MCC all of his life. Donations in his name would be appreciated to help them continue the work in alleviating hardship throughout the world. Donations can be made at: https://donate. mcccanada.ca/registry/ george-froese-memorial Online condolences to the family may be made at www.woodlawnfh-abbotsford.com Woodlawn Funeral Home 604-853-2643


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