Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013
Thomas J. Froning, 95, Minster, died at 6:18 p.m. April 1, 2013, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital.
He was born Jan. 19, 1918, in Minster, to Bernard and Philomena M. Droesch Froning. On Jan. 19, 1946, he married Bernadine F. Poeppelman in Minster, and she died Feb. 18, 1993.
Survivors are three daughters, Kathryn (John) Andrews of Warrenton, Va., Elizabeth (Douglas) Betz of Bellbrook and Sarah (Ken) Sommer of Minster; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a grandchild; brothers and sisters, Sylvester (Florence) Froning, Cletus (Sophia) Froning, Bertilla (Raymond) Oliger, Wilbur (Hildegard) Froning, Rita (George) Daugherty; an infant brother Benedict; and a sister-in-law, Loretta Froning.
He was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Minster, where he was a member of the men's choir for 68 years. He was a Tech Sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 until his honorable discharge in 1945. He was also a member of the American Legion, V.F.W., F.O.E. #1391, the Minster Civic Association, T.P.A., and the Cataract Fire Company, all of Minster.
He was retired from Post Printing, Minster, after 38 years of service. He enjoyed singing, traveling and refinishing furniture. He also loved Sunday drives while listening to music.
Mass of Christian Burial is 10 a.m. Friday at St. Augustine Catholic Church, the Rev. Rick Nieberding officiating.
Calling is 4-8 p.m. Thursday and 9-9:30 a.m. Friday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster. Burial with full military honors will take place in St. Augustine Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the Williams Syndrome Association and St. Augustine Men's Choir.
Condolences may be left at www.hogenkampfh.com.