Thomas J. Froning, 95

Thomas J. Froning, 95, of Elmwood of New Bremen, formerly of Second Street, Minster, died at 6:18 p.m. Monday, April 1, 2013, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital.

He was born on Jan. 19, 1918, in Minster, to the late Bernard and Philomena M. (Droesch) Froning.

He married Bernadine F. Poeppelman on Jan. 19, 1946, in Minster.  She preceded him in death on Feb. 18, 1993. 

He is survived by three daughters, Kathryn and John Andrews of Warrenton, Va., Elizabeth and Douglas Betz of Bellbrook and Sarah and Ken Sommer of Minster; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.  

He was preceded in death by one grandchild; four brothers; two sisters; one sister-in-law.

He was a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps as a tech sergeant from 1942 until his honorable discharge in 1945.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Augustine Catholic Church, the Rev. Rick Nieberding, officiant.  Friends may call at the Hogenkamp Funeral Home in Minster from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Friday. 

Burial will take place in St. Augustine Cemetery with full military honors.

Memorials may be made to Williams Syndrome Association and St. Augustine Men’s Choir.

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