In Memory of Freda Kakoschke
Freda was born on September 2, 1929 at Tomahawk, Alberta, and was the third child of Edmund and Emilie Reich. Freda’s parents had emigrated from Poland on May 25, 1929 with her two sisters Ida and Hertha, their personal possessions being only their clothing. This young family moved in with Emilie’s parents for one and half years where they farmed south of Tomahawk. This is where Freda learned what farming and hard work was all about. When she was old enough to do farm and household duties, she lived mainly with her grandparents, helping them with their work. She also attended the Southend School, which was about a mile away, until grade seven. It was during this time that the family became familiar with the Church of God doctrine, often holding church meetings in their home. In Freda’s youth, she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour, and then followed Him in baptism.
In 1949 the family moved to Freedom, Alberta, a farming community east of Barrhead, Alberta. Since money was needed and the family was large, Freda went to work in Edmonton at the University of Alberta students’ residence for about eight years.
Freda was united in marriage to Albert Kakoschke on November 2, 1957, in Manola, Alberta, and shared a union of 50 years. They were blessed with five children: Clifford, Irwin, Alvin, Elaine and Roger. The spiritual welfare of the family was important to both Freda and Albert who joyfully attended the Church of God with their family for many years.
Albert and Freda took over the family farm and together they established a mixed farm in the Angus Ridge area south east of Wetaskiwin. Freda was a diligent worker; she recently told us, “You did what you had to do!”
Albert and Freda retired to Wetaskiwin in 1985. They enjoyed visiting with family and friends and took time for travel. They took great pride in their grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them.
Freda was very concerned about her family. She always kept in touch and had a heart full of love for all of them.
On February 4, 2018, in the early morning hours Freda fell from her bed, causing her to be hospitalized. Last weekend special memorable times were had by family members. Mom gave heartfelt hugs and we told her we loved her as we parted. Thus we were all very surprised by her sudden, peaceful passing on Sunday evening, March 11, 2018, at the age of 88 years. Left to cherish her memory are: Cliff (Monika) Kakoschke, Irwin (Carol) Kakoschke, Alvin (Ingrid) Kakoschke, Elaine (Glenn) Kisch, Roger (Mariana) Kakoschke; five grandchildren, Carmen (Allen) Reimer, Laurisa (Hartmut) Vogt, Zak Kakoschke (Kayla Oliver), Yolanda Kakoschke and Glenn Kisch; two great grandchildren, Allora and Adella Oliver-Kakoschke. Freda also leaves to mourn her sisters, Hertha Wolfram, Erna Brust, Matilda Steinke; brothers, Oswald Reich, Paul (Sally) Reich and Gerhart (Margaret) Reich; brother in law, Herb Kakoschke; as well as extended family and many friends. She was predeceased by her parents; siblings, Ida, Linda, Edwin; husband, Albert; son in law, Ken Woelk.