Franciscus “Frank” J. L. M. Groenen lost his courageous fight with lung cancer on December 6, 2021 surrounded by his beloved family. Frank is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Petronella “Nelly” who cared for him at home throughout his illness. Frank and Nelly had four children who gave them a combined total of seven grandchildren and even more extended family members as a result of marriage who will carry forward Frank’s memory and are grateful for their time with him. He is also survived by three siblings and their respective families.
The family would like to thank Drs. Philpott, Braganza and Tarukandirwa and their respective staff, as well as the nurses and staff of the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, particularly the Emergency department. The family are also very grateful to the Red Deer Homecare personnel, in particular Naomi, Susanna and Keesha as well as Jaymi with Palliative Care Services who allowed Frank to spend his illness at home which was a great source of comfort as he fought his condition amid as much laughter as a variety of visitors could bring to him.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 11:00 am. Due to the current Covid social gathering restrictions, the service will be available virtually.
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