Frank Isaak


Deaths-Frank-IFrank grew up on a farm near Niverville, Man., and graduated from Mennonite Collegiate Institute, Gretna, Man. He taught in one-room schools in rural Manitoba, and in 1951, began teaching in Winnipeg full-time while earning several degrees at University of Manitoba. Irma was diagnosed with lymphoma in 1975 and died in 1985. Following his 1980 retirement, Frank worked 3 years at MCC Canada’s Winnipeg office. In 1986, Frank moved to Abbotsford, B.C., and, later that year, taught English in China. There, he began a correspondence with long-time friend Sally Schroeder (working with HCJB in Ecuador) leading to their marriage. They lived in Abbotsford, where Frank provided transportation for cancer patients, donated blood regularly, and led a Bakerview MB Church care group. Frank valued service to others, not as a sacrifice, but as a privilege.

    • Parents:
      Franz & Maria Isaak
    • Married:
      Irma Dueck, Aug. 3, 1947 (deceased 1985); Sally Schroeder, August 1987 (deceased 2009)
    • Family:
      children Ruth Braun (Clarence), Irene Schellenberg (Jack), Don (Lorraine); 9 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 3 siblings.