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FRANK, Agnes Mathilde (née Bisanz)

July 9, 1921 — June 13, 2019

It is with sadness the family announces the passing of Agnes Frank on June 13, 2019, at the age of 97.  She is survived by her son Waldemar (Walter) and daughter Renée, as well as niece, Ava Duering (Doug). She is also survived by a large and loving extended family and circle of friends to whom she was very devoted. Agnes was predeceased by her husband, Otto, and sister, Erna Duering.

Agnes was born on July 9, 1921, in Lvov, Poland (now Lviv, Ukraine).  She married Lutheran Pastor Otto Frank during war-time on October 29, 1939. She and family members were forced to flee Poland with her infant son in horse-drawn wagon to Germany. Otto then served in congregations in northern Germany until 1952, when the family immigrated to Canada.

Agnes was active in congregations in Alberta served by Otto in Millet and Golden Spike where daughter Renée was born.  She assisted Otto in his work, directing the choir in Hay Lakes until 1974, when they retired to Winfield, BC, where Waldemar operated Frank’s Orchard. Since then, Agnes was a devoted member of Christ Lutheran Church.  She looked forward to Sunday worship and the fellowship that sprang from church involvement, including her earlier choir participation.

Agnes loved dancing and enjoyed singing in her clear, high soprano voice. She loved to entertain and excelled at hosting dinner parties. Agnes had a great sense of humour. At the age of 90, she became obsessed with the music of Roy Orbison, after a lifetime ignoring rock and roll.

She would have wanted guests to wear bright, happy colours at the funeral service.

Please join us on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at 11:00 am at Christ Lutheran Church, 2019 Gordon Drive, Kelowna, with Rev. Patricia Giannelia officiating. Lunch to follow.  Interment will then take place in Lakeview Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, www.christevangelicallutheran.com, or a charity of your choice.

Thursday, June 20, 2019, at 11:00 am

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The service for FRANK, Agnes Mathilde (née Bisanz) is scheduled for Thursday, June 20, 2019, at 11:00 am. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Christ Lutheran Church

2091 Gordon Drive Kelowna, BC


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Lunch to follow. Interment will then take place in Lakeview Memorial Gardens.

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  • Sylvia Trefanenko says:

    Renee, your mom raised a beautiful human being. I can clearly see the resemblance in the photo. I was so sorry to hear the sad news. It seemed she lived a lovely life. May you take comfort in treasured memories, sending thoughts of grace.
    Hugs, Sylvia

  • Nick Stadnyk says:

    My positive thoughts and sympathies are with you and your family Renee.

  • Pare Family says:

    Walter and Renee,
    Our memories of your Mom will always include humour, grace and strong spirit. Trips to Frank’s Orchard will always be part of us. With Love, Dennis, Helen, Jenna and Kalen

  • Caroline Stuart says:

    Dear Renee, Thinking of you and your brother and wishing you good memories of a life long remembered. I have been thinking of Agnes Matilda’s great shoes and how much you and your brother honoured her and your family.


    We fondly remember visits with Agnes and Otto at the parsonage in Hay Lakes, Alberta and with them and Waldemar at the orchard. We have a living hope: Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Paul and Sally Swedberg.

  • Anne Figura says:

    Renee and Walter, I was saddened to hear that your beautiful mother has passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. My heartfelt sympathy. Anne

    • Renee Frank says:

      Hi Anne,
      Thank you so much for your kind words. The funeral was on Thursday and all went very well. It would be nice to get together, Anne. It has been way too long! Maybe the next time you are in Edmonton?

  • Bernice Tallin says:

    Dear Renee and Walter,
    I am sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. She was a very special person and touched many lives throughout her lifetime with her welcoming smile and kindness. I hope the memories you have and the fond memories of others will ease your grief in this most difficult time.
    Bernice Tallin

    • Renee Frank says:

      Hi Bernice,
      Thank you so much for your kind words. I am also saddened to hear of your dear Mom’s passing. She was such a kind, warm and “salt of the earth” person. I know you and yours have wonderful memories of her.

  • Ben and Ruth Coppens says:

    Renee and Walter, we extend our sincerest sympathies on the loss of your mother. Such a beautiful reflection on the life of an obviously beautiful person, who raised two wonderful children. May your memories always bring you comfort.

    Ruth and Ben Coppens

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