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DR. JOHN FOERSTER Obituary pic


Born: Sep 29, 1935

Date of Passing: Aug 30, 2021

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September 29, 1935 – August 30, 2021

John was a beloved husband, Dad, Opi, brother, uncle and friend who was called home to be with his Lord and Saviour after a long battle with cancer and dementia.
A community leader and renowned Hematology/Oncology physician, John built the foundations for research in Manitoba through the St. Boniface General Hospital Research Center, earning him local and national awards including the Order of Canada. John's authentic love, humble service, faith and sense of humour will be what is remembered and will give his family comfort through this difficult time.
John was predeceased by his wife Gisela (2013) and his brother George (1967) and is mourned by his wife Elfriede, his children, David (Juanita) Foerster, Steven (Jackie) Foerster and Susan Foerster (Ed Wang), his stepchildren, Leona (Ralf) Owzarek, Debbie (Norbert) Werner, Dan (Michelle) Kuenstler, his grandchildren (eight) and step grandchildren (seven) along with his sister Anne (Charles) Kunze, nieces, nephews and the extended Foerster, Volkner and Behnke families.
While John will be dearly missed, we know his pain is gone, his mind has been healed and he is in heaven singing God's praises with that great baritone voice.
Special thanks to the teams at CancerCare, Palliative Care Riverview and Donwood Manor for their thoughtful, kind and exceptional care.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation, Cancer Care Manitoba or Camp Nutimik Foundation.
Viewing will be held 7:30-8:30 p.m. September 10 at Friends Funeral Service. Celebration of Life on Saturday, September 11 at 11:00 a.m. at McDermot Avenue Baptist Church.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 04, 2021

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • John was my first "boss" when I joined the department of Medicine at St. Boniface General Hospital. He was a delightful colleague and friend for many years. I respected him and enjoyed many great conversations with him. My sympathy to his family -- some of whom I knew. - Posted by: Brian A. Anderson (colleague and friend) on: Nov 15, 2021

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you Elfriede and John’s family. How we enjoyed listening to John’s life story at the Stammtishchbruder Christmas dinner. What a wonderful person who had achieved so much. He will be missed. Guenter and Vienna Klein - Posted by: Guenter and Vienna Klein (Friend) on: Sep 11, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to you all the family of our wonderful helpful always willing to help out Dad ...He was my Dr .& friend for many years ...I can honestly say I had him wrapped around my finger He would give & do anything to help me fight my Lupus which I'm still struggling with ....I was very very sorry to see him go ...but ..he did his work in medical field with dignity & Love ...He deserves his resting Heavenly home & I'm sure he recieved his crown of life already ....Susan, David & Steve I still remember the time that he bought you to our colony for a visit when you were kids. ...May God be your comfort in your sorrow. The world lost a very intellectually man ...He loved his children all to the fullest ....During my appointment visit we always talked about his kids & Especially Grandkids (like Joshua he sang the song Joshua fought the battle off Jericho ....He was a wonderful fun loving man....Treasure his memories ..He left a good legacy behind ...Be proud of him ....With all my Love Mary Wipf ... - Posted by: Mary wipf (Was a patient off his for over 40 years ) on: Sep 07, 2021

  • Susan - just want to express my condolences to you and your extended family. May you experience God's peace and comfort in the weeks and months ahead. - Posted by: Lisa (Warkentin) Woelk (High school friend of Susan) on: Sep 06, 2021

  • John and I have shared a friendship and academic affiliation for many decades. As a researcher, his prime and primary motive and guiding light was: "I go where the truth leads me." He served that principle with astonishing brilliance and divinely inspired passion and fidelity. He was a truly good and honourable gentleman and friend. Ruhe in Frieden, guter Freund, John. - Posted by: Dr. Jack Thiessen (Stammtischbruder, colleague and friend) on: Sep 05, 2021

  • So Thankful to Dr. Foerster....he took care of my son, James when he was 1 1/2 yrs old & started on ca treatment....Dr. Foerster told me, We’ll do all we can but we’re not God....Dr. Foerster would visit him every day at Children’s Hospital & stand at the foot of his crib for the longest time & not saying a word. James went into remission after 7 yrs & is well today. This was in the early ‘70’s. He will be never forgotten - Posted by: Marilyn Chambers (My son was his patient ) on: Sep 04, 2021

  • Elfriede and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Keep Looking Up. The Lord is your strength and comfort at this diffuclt time. The rest will follow via mail. Anna. - Posted by: Anna Gutowski (Long time friend.) on: Sep 04, 2021

  • John had too many fine qualities to list here. He was tremendously respected as a leader, and I was one of many who loyally supported his vision for medical research here in Winnipeg. His love for, and pride in his family was immeasurable. His favourite title was “Opi”. Roula and I will miss him greatly. - Posted by: Bill Peters (Coworker ) on: Sep 04, 2021

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