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Frank Anthony Degenstein

Obituary of Frank Anthony Degenstein

DEGENSTEIN - On Friday, June 24, 2005, Frank Degenstein, late of Regina, passed away at the age of 74 years. Predeceased by his parents, Frank Sr. and Grace, Frank is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Lillian, and his six children and their partners: Laura (Pat), Linda, Leslie (Gerry), Philip (Joann), Paul (Ian) and Marie (Ian). "Pop will also be missed by his 10 grandchildren - Leah, Jeff, Alexis, Danielle (Mike), Carmen, David, Erin, Tess, Madeleine and Jamie - and his great granddaughter, Bryn. He will be fondly remembered by his extended family including sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law and nieces and nephews, as well as many life-long friends. Frank began his career at SaskTel in 1947 as an apprentice switchman. He held a number of positions with the company before becoming President in 1983. He ended his career as President of Telecom Canada, the national long-distance carrier, headquartered in Ottawa. Frank was a man who lived his life and pursued his interests with great passion, wit and humour. Wine taster, champion bowler, fisherman, hunter, art lover, golfer, and musician, Franks achievements include being inducted into the Canadian Opimian Society Hall of Fame in 2004. Franks greatest achievement, however, was to raise with Lillian a family filled with enormous love. His greatest joy was the marriage he shared with Lillian - together they are a remarkable example of what life and love are all about. A memorial service for Frank will be held on Wednesday, June 29, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Annes R.C. Church, 1701 Cowan Crescent, Regina. In lieu of flowers, donations in Franks name may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or the Canadian Diabetes Association. Heartfelt thanks to the nurses, doctors and staff at the Palliative Care Unit of the Pasqua Hospital for providing Frank with care in his final days, and special thanks to Erna Sherwood and Rosemarie Fachet for the special care and comfort they provided. Condolences to the family may be e-mailed to reception@speersfuneralchapel.com
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