Catherine Froese died Jan. 5, 2010. She was born May 7, 1922 in Orenberg, Russia to Franz and Maria Isaak. In 1926, the family was able to leave Russia and move to Canada, where they settled near Niverville, Man. Catherine was an avid student, so it was a great privilege for her to be the first in her family to go to high school. She spent 4 years at the private school in Gretna, Man., then went to normal school and earned her teaching certificate. While teaching in Winnipeg, she met John Froese, recently returned from service overseas. On August 17, 1947, they were married. They settled in North Kildonan, Winnipeg, while John worked on his theology degree. They served in church-related ministries in Saskatchewan, North Dakota, Minnesota, Ontario, and B.C. In 1988, they retired but continued to enjoy helping along in churches and travelling. For many years, Catherine suffered the limitations of Alzheimer’s disease. Catherine is mourned by John; children David (Joey), Ruth (Murray Peters), Dorothy (Richard Friesen), Grace (Glen Abrahams); 8 grandchildren; 3 great-grandsons. A service of remembrance was held at Bakerview MB Church, Abbotsford, B.C.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.