Dorothy Fretz

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Dorothy Annie Fretz   nee:  Reist

It is with sadness that the Fretz family announces the peaceful passing of Dorothy on Sunday, September 5, 2021, She will be joining her husband, Lorne, to be with her Heavenly Father. She is predeceased by her brother Roy Reist (Grace); her brother, Lorne Reist; her sister, Elsie Reist, and her sister, Mildred Reist Rendle (Fred). Her older sister, Helen Spicer (Elden), resides in Alberta. Loving mother to Bryan (Joanne) of Selkirk, Maurice (Bonnie) of Quesnel, B.C., Linda of Cambridge, Keith (Debbie) of Ear Falls, Lloyd (Ann) of New Hamburg, and Sylvia (Bert) of Mississauga.  Dear Grandma to 17 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren.
Dorothy Annie Reist’s life began in High River, Alberta on May 9, 1927. Her parents were homesteaders in the prairie and worked hard to make ends meet.  During her teen years (during the Great Depression) Dorothy did housework for families in the community. Her school only went and far as Grade 9 and she yearned for more schooling. When Rockway Mennonite High School opened in 1945, she got on a train and moved to Kitchener, Ontario. Near the end of the school year, Rockway School came to the Rainham Mennonite Church in Selkirk for a service. There she was invited to work, during her summer vacation, for three different local families, one of which were related to Lorne Fretz. Later Lorne and Dorothy both attended Niagara Christian College in Fort Erie and eventually were married on August 20, 1950.
Lorne and Dorothy started off their life together in Minden, Ontario, where Lorne taught school and Dorothy made a cosey home in their trailer, which soon included a new baby. In the mid 50’s they moved to Rainham Township when Lorne started to work at Winger Electric in Hagersville and later started “Erie Electronics.” Dorothy worked hard caring for their family of eight and in 1964 they moved to the home farm. In 2012, Dorothy finally got to retire from doing housework when they moved to Nithview Seniors Community in New Hamburg. She enjoyed her stay at Nithview until she fell in July of 2020. Then she endured a long hospital stay and eventually moved to Chartwell Nursing Home in Kitchener in November.
Among other things, Dorothy will be remembered for her bravery, patience, resourcefulness, good humour, kindness and hugs.
As requested, there will be a graveside committal on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at 11:30 am. at the Hoover Cemetery, 516 Lakeshore Road, Selkirk followed by a private family Memorial Service at the Rainham Mennonite Church, 173 Fisherville Rd. at 12 noon.  There will be a public outdoor fellowship with refreshments after the family service from 1-2 pm.  Donations to Rainham Mennonite Church.  Arrangements by Hyde & Mott Chapel, Hagersville.


Posted by Paul Doughty on
Brian, Joanne and to the rest of Dorothy's family, my deepest sympathies to all of you as you remember her with love. May her loving spirit be with you always.
Paul Doughty and family.
Posted by Diane Yager on
My sincerest sympathies to the Dorothy's family members. Our years of growing up with you all and your parents in the church and community leaves many fond memories. Your mom was the sweetest lady and offered me and my children many hours of nurturing and Christian love.
Posted by Judy Hoover on
My condolences!
Posted by David and Susie Shantz on
To the family of Dorothy Fretz, we extend our condolences as you grieve the death of your dear mother. She lived many years and filled them with love and hospitality, courage and hard work. I realize that for many years we always thought of Lorne and Dorothy as a team. In our memory, it will always be that way. Their love for each other and their children was special. Individually and as a couple, they committed their lives to Christ. Their desire to serve the Lord as a testimony of God's love before the community will be remembered for many years.
Unfortunately, we were not able to visit them after they moved to Nithview Home.
I understand that Proverbs 31: 10 -ff was read at her funeral. Indeed she was worthy of such recognition. We pray that her testimony of love and commitment to Jesus Christ will be an example for each of us to follow.
Truly this is how we can honour her life.

Remembering with reverence,
David and Susie Shantz
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