October 15, 1923 - April 23, 2017
“She's a good life if she don't weakin’ “ was one of Grandpa Frank’s favourite lines. On Sunday April 23rd Grandpa’s life did weakin’ when he passed away at the age of 93 after a strong fight.
Grandpa Frank was born October 15, 1923 in the RM of Rosedale. The Second son of Frank Sr and Verna Kuharski. He attended school in Eden completing grade 8 then went to work on the family homestead. He spend many years working along side his father and brother John and soon with brother Philip too on that homestead west of Eden. Clearing the land and doing the chores on the farm. In the early 1940s Frank Sr sold the Homestead at Eden and purchased a farm in the Springhill District. The farm needed a lot of building upgrades so Grandpa would spend several winters logging in the Bush, as he called it near Riding Mountain park. That work would secure lumber for a house, barn and sheds for the Springhill farm. Those seasons in the Bush were very dear to Grandpa. He always said that was the hardest work he ever did but it was always obvious how much pride he had got out of it.
Grandpa married Grandma, Vicky Pegoski in 1951 and they purchased the Tony Wabick farm 3 and a half miles northwest of Eden. Grandpa and Grandma worked very hard building their farm. Growing grain, milking cows, raising chickens and pigs and spending countless hours in there always bountiful garden. They had three children. Auntie Janice , dad and Auntie Joanne. Grandma and Grandpa made many good friends in there years there. Many afternoon visits turned into one of Grandma’s famous meals with a long night of playing cards to follow.
Farming was always Grandpa’s Life. He loved it. Even after moving off the farm and into Neepawa in the late 1990s...spring, summer and Fall saw him making daily visits back to the farm to check on the state of the crops and what Eden was up to. Even though neighbours sold and moved, Grandpa was quick to introduce himself to the new owners and offer his knowledge and experience about what he knew about their land. His words often proved invaluable and they will never forget his help. As his health weakened and the visits became less frequent, people of that area missed his perspective and told dad that often. There was nothing he enjoyed more than going for a drive back to that familiar area. My dad could be guaranteed multiple weekly requests to take Grandpa for a drive which he always made time for knowing how Grandpa loved it. It was only three weeks ago that Mom and Dad took Grandpa on his last trip there and he was so happy to do it. Amazingly rattling off, as always, who’s farm that one used to be and noticing there was stones that should be picked.
Grandpa was predeceased by his brother Philip, his parents, Grandma Vickie and many other relatives and friends. When you live to 93 many have gone before you.
He leaves behind his brother Johnny along with his children Janice and Ron Simpson, Len and Ann kuharski and Joanne and Sal Sarraino. His grandchildren Chris Simpson and Nikki, Rob and Marilee Simpson, Myles and Sarah Kuharski, Jeff Kuharski and Joscelin and Katie and Greg Hockin. Plus his great grandchildren Jack, Harper and Jasper Simpson, Desi and Nora Kuharski and Carter Hockin.
I am so glad for all the visits our little Carter’s had with Grandpa Frank these last months in the hospital. It seemed to me that Grandpa enjoyed each generation more. To watch two people, one at the beginning of life and one close to the end share smiles is something I'll always remember. They sure hit it off. A great memory.
The family would like to thank Dr. Ong for his many years of care and everyone at Neepawa Hospital for treating Grandpa like family in the six months he was there. So many laughs, so much kindness, so many new friends made.
To Father Mark Filips for his visits that always made Grandpa happy.
Thank you to all our friends that have shown so much kindness and generosity. The calls, texts, cards, food and visits have touched our hearts.Special thanks to Brian and Nathan from White's Funeral Home for all their help and guidance.
In closing another of Grandpa’s favorite sayings “whatever will be will be”. This time was meant to be.
Rest in Peace Grandpa.
Eulogy Given By Granddaughter Katelyn Hockin.
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