Katie Froese (Kay)
September 28, 1933 – September 14, 2018
After living with Parkinson’s disease for 12 years Kay Froese passed away peacefully with her loving sister Margaret and special nieces, Cindy and Tammy by her side.
Kay was the 8th child (2nd girl) in a family of 12 children, born to parents, Aron Froese and Katharina (Goertzen).
Survived by brothers, John (Mary) and Dave, sister Margaret, and sister in-laws, Elnora, Penny, Mary and Verna.
Although Kay did not have children of her own, her nieces, Cindy and Tammy were like her own and the bond created from the time they were babies and nourished through all the years continued right until her passing.
Kay had just shy of 85 years on this earth and lived a great life! The early years were filled with lots of hard work and seldom a dull moment on the family farm. During those years Kay honed
her sewing, gardening, cooking and caregiving skills; all of which proved to be invaluable throughout her life.
In 1955 Kay came to Winnipeg to work, here she discovered that office work would not be for her. She completed her nursing degree at Grace Hospital followed by a Post Grad Psychiatry course in Essondale, British Columbia. After working as a nurse in several different locations she continued her studies toward her Bachelor of Nursing degree at McGill University. Education was very important to Kay. Her time as a teacher at the Grace Hospital School of Nursing was a highlight in her career, after five years she then went into administration. In 1994 Kay took an early retirement, at this point she had worked 35 years in the health care field.
Her retirement was filled with travelling, volunteering, entertaining, learning computers, dabbling in water colour painting, church involvement….and so much more.
Through work, church and family Kay made many lasting friendships. One particularly important friendship was with Bertha Toews, they became travel companions and enjoyed many adventures together. They were faithful friends.
Kay’s devotion to her mother and sisters, Mary and Beth, was unprecedented. She worked tirelessly to ensure they each had what they needed at every point in their lives, giving of her time, energy and all resources….and always with Love!
She was not a person who focused on the acquisition of material possessions, though her home she lived in for 37 years was a source of pride. She had an impeccable yard and had completed many interior and exterior renovations over the years, she truly enjoyed her home. Due to failing health Kay made the decision to sell her home and move to assisted living, this was a very difficult decision. Parkinson's was not a friendly condition, she prayed for the ability to cope and live with all that her life was becoming. Her time in assisted living was not long as her disease continued to progress, greatly limiting her independence.
In spring of 2013 Kay moved to West Park Manor personal care home, which she had the opportunity to visit when she was healthy and was impressed by the caring interaction between the staff and residents. Kay’s time at West Park Manor was difficult……we as her family visited faithfully and watched her gradual decline……There were lots of tears shed by Kay and us…. lots of prayers…. BUT….in all of this lots of laughs, good visits, time to reflect express thanks and show love.
Kay will be greatly missed, thank God for Kay and all she brought to this world.