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Date of Passing: Jun 14, 2003

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MR. JACOB (JM) FROESE Mr. Jacob (JM) Froese of Winkler, MB passed away at his home on Saturday, June 14, 2003 at the age of 85 years. Mr. Froese was the Social Credit MLA for the Constituency of Rhineland from 1959 to 1973. He served with distinction during the tenures of Premiers, Doug Campbell, Duff Roblin, Walter Weir and Edward Schreyer. While representing the Social Credit Party of Manitoba as its only member, it didnt stop Mr. Froese from influencing votes and decisions with his relentless research and principled stands. Others considered him as the Conscience of the Legislature. He also served the Credit Union movement in Manitoba, nationally and internationally, from 1950 to 1973. Education was a high priority for Mr. Froese chairing the local school board for 25 years, serving on the Manitoba School Trustee Association, 15 years as vice-chairman. He spent countless hours serving as a director on MCC Canada, Eden Mental Health Centre, Salem Personal Care Home, the Bethel Hospital Board in Winkler, and director of Radio Southern Manitoba. As a grain and special crops farmer, he served as president of the Winkler Cannery, was a founding director of the Flax Growers of Western Canada, a director of Palliser Wheat Growers Association, the US International Wheat Growers Association, the US Durum Growers. He organized and chaired the Property Owners Association of the Stanley Municipality for many years. In 1935 at the age of 18, Mr. Froese received the assurance of salvation. This assurance was a great gift to him and remained with him to the end. He attended the Mennonite Brethren Bible School in Winkler for one year (1935). His faith was an integral part of who he was and what he did. He stood up for what he believed and did not apologize for it; and all respected him for it. It was his faith that sustained him and caused him to respond positively and helpfully to constant demands and requests for assistance from people in all areas. He lived out his lifelong motto, "To serve and to be of service" without expecting or receiving anything in return. His great love for family and for the music they provided was most important to him, and was an integral part of every family gathering. He is survived by his wife Mary (nee Peters), seven daughters, three sons, and their families. Mary (Jack Siemens; Jonathon and Becky, Rosemary), Margaret (Melvin Klassen; Rachel and Chris Klassen Huebner, with Miriam; Tim; Judith and Simon Klassen Neufeld), Judith (Harry Siemens; Lynn, Laurelle) Esther Anne (Terrance Klassen), Susan (Ben Dueck; Maria, Mark, Lori), Cathrine (Stephen Klassen), Jack (Dianne (nee Dyck) Rochelle with Harley Bell, Randy, Rebecca), Netha (Henry Dyck) John (Lottie (nee Ens) Marlin, Andrew, Byron), Alan (Sandy (nee Dyck) Adam, Jeanine, Joshua). He is also survived by two brothers, George and John and one sister Mary. His parents, Bishop Jacob and Margaretha Froese, and one sister Katharina predeceased him. The funeral service is in the Winkler Mennonite Brethren Church on Thursday, June 19 at 3:00 p.m. Burial will take place in Reinfeld Cemetery. Wiebe Funeral Home of Winkler is in charge of arrangements.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 19, 2003

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