On August 13th, 2020, at the age of 90, Otto Frank’s journey on earth ended and he joined his many siblings and loved ones in heaven. Otto is survived by his loving wife of 65 years Norma (nee Austin) Frank; son Dennis (Patty) Frank; daughter Lorrie (John) Hartley; son Kent (Cheryl) Frank; daughter Linda (Bernie) Laroque; granddaughter Christin (Geoff) Woods; grandson James McComb; granddaughter Samantha (Nathan) Frank; granddaughter Sarah (Michael) Frank; granddaughter Mykayla Laroque; great grandchildren, Griffin and Delaney Woods; brother Henry; sister Enid; sister Eleanor; sister Ruth.
Otto was born near Bateman, Saskatchewan on February 17, 1930 to Henry and Christina Frank and was one of 15 children. It may have been growing up in the ‘30’s that developed Otto’s insatiable curiosity for how things worked. If you couldn’t buy it, you had to fix it or build it yourself and Otto could fix or build anything. Otto and Norma grew up in the same community and once he carried her pail of water home for her, they were a couple. They were married by Norma’s Grandfather on June 9, 1955 in Bateman, SK. During the early years of their marriage, Otto farmed and drove the school bus. After three and a half years of marriage and the birth of their first child, they moved to Saskatoon, where children two, three and four arrived. During his years in Saskatoon Otto owned a pool hall which he soon converted to a carpentry shop. Later he co-owned a fifth wheel\gymnasium equipment business, clothing store, was a Real Estate developer and worked for SARC. Otto’s real love was carpentry and his work building homes, cabinetry, church structures/furnishings can be witnessed throughout the city and province. The cabin he built at Echo Bay, from the ground up, was where he loved to be and he spent many happy times there with family and friends. He loved gardening, singing in the choir, puzzles and the Riders. His jokes always got giggles from his grandchildren, especially when they were directed at Grandma. He loved his kids, grandkids and great grandkids deeply and his pride in them was always evident in his own quiet way. Above all, his love for Norma was easily apparent when he looked at her……usually with a twinkle in his eye. We were so lucky to have him in our lives and will each, in our own way, carry on his legacy of commitment, kindness, forgiveness and willingness to help others.
Thank you to the amazing staff at Sherbrooke Community Center who cared for and loved Otto throughout his last phase of life.
The family is deeply saddened that due to the pandemic the service will be by invitation only and not all who knew and loved Otto will be able to attend. A private goodbye will be held on Monday August 17th, 2020 at 1:30 pm. Central Standard Time. For those who wish to attend virtually, a live streaming of the service will be available at www.saskatoonfuneralhome.com ‘live link’ attached to Otto’s obituary. Condolences for the family may also be left at this site. A
celebration of Otto’s life will be planned at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan at Alzheimer.ca/en/sk.
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