Hans Froese died Dec. 31, 2008. He was born Aug. 19, 1925 in Chortitza, Ukraine to Johann and Susanna Froese. The family was sent to Siberia, but Susanna got permission to return home with the youngest 5 of her 9 children. In 1943, the family went to Germany along with the retreating German army. Hans and his mother immigrated to Canada, eventually settling in Ontario. He became reacquainted with Annie Paetkau, a schoolmate from Ukraine, and they married Aug. 24, 1963. In the early 1960s, Hans accepted Jesus Christ as his Saviour through the ministry of a tent crusade. He was baptized Aug. 8, 1965. Though a shy man, Hans shared his faith and his desire that others would know Jesus and see their lives transformed by faith. Predeceased by 6 siblings, son Johnny; Hans is mourned by Annie; daughter Susan (Kevin) Driedger; 2 grandchildren; 2 siblings. The funeral was Jan. 5 at Cornerstone Community Church, Virgil, Ont.