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Erwin Carl Froehlich

Born: Tue., May 11, 1926
Died: Sun., Jan. 31, 2010

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          Erwin Carl Froehlich, age
83, of Oshkosh, beloved husband and father, entered eternal life on Saturday
evening, January 31, 2010, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease.  He had resided in Elijah's Place at Bethel
Home for the past few years, a place he lovingly called "home".  Born on May 11, 1926 in Oshkosh, Erwin was a
graduate of Oshkosh High School in 1944. 
On October 16, 1948, he married Grace Lampert, the love of his life, and
together they were blessed with six children who were the joy of his life.

          During WWII, Erwin served
on the USS John Blish and was in attendance at the atomic bomb testing at the
island of Bikini.  He also served on the
USS Duxbury Bay, a flag ship in the Persian Gulf, and the USS Franklin Delano
Roosevelt, an aircraft carrier that was in attendance during the Cuban Missile
Crisis.  In total, Erwin served 22 years
in the US Navy, retiring in 1967, as a Senior Chief  Electronics Technician.

          Later, Erwin graduated
from Carthage College, Kenosha, with a BS Degree; a MS Degree, from
Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois, and Northern Illinois
University, DeKalb, Illinois, with a Certificate of Advance Study.  He taught high school from 1967-69 at North
Chicago High School, North Chicago, Illinois, and from 1969-1987 at Niles West
High School, Skokie, Illinois, where he also served as a Night School

1987, Erwin retired to Pine River, Wisconsin, where he pursued his many hobbies
and followed his avocation to be a "gentleman farmer".  There he planted and cared for an extensive
garden,  tended bees, harvested maple
syrup, canned vegetables, jams and sauerkraut, harvested his own ducks and
turkeys, and enjoyed making candy.

          An avid ham radio operator
(call sign W9RZW), a hobby that started at the age of 11, Erwin participated in
many ham radio competitions and was ranked in the top 5% of all operators  who are able to communicate world-wide.  A humanitarian to the fullest, Erwin
volunteered for the American Red Cross. 
A respected Philatelist and expert on US stamps, Erwin founded "Erv's
House of Stamps" in Marshfield, Wisconsin, over 50 years ago.  He was an official weatherman for Waushara
County for many years.  He was a member
of Trinity Episcopal Church in Oshkosh, Disabled American Veterans, and
American Veterans.

          Erwin had a great passion
for learning, a curiosity for life, and a belief  that life was an adventure to be lived.  He was a quiet, introspective man, who passed
these values onto his children.  Those
children, held him on a pedestal and were in awe of his accomplishments,
working multiple jobs during his life, sacrificing to provide all of his
children the educational opportunities that he felt were so important.      

          Left to mourn his passing
is his wife of 61 years, Grace Lampert Froehlich of Oshkosh; five children,
Margaret Edwards of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Maureen (Bill) Lewandowski of
Kenosha, Julie Froehlich of Oshkosh, Erwin Froehlich of Poy Sippi, and Barbara
(Tom) Finnegan of Waupaca; a brother, Eldon (BJ) Froehlich of Mena, Arkansas;
six grandchildren, Jennifer Beaty, Ben (Lindsey) Lewandowski, Philip Weber,
Sheila Finnegan, Dan Finnegan, and Matt Finnegan;  three great-grandchildren, Natalie Nagode,
Max Beaty, and Wylie Lewandowski; and nieces and nephews.  Preceding Erwin in death are his parents, a
daughter, Sheila Weber, in 2006, and a granddaughter, Cara Weber, in 2008.

          A Memorial Service to
celebrate Erwin's life, will be held on Wednesday, February 3, 2010, at 10:30
a.m., in Trinity Episcopal Church, 311 Division Street, with Reverend Steven
Powers officiating.

          Erwin's family wishes to
express their appreciation for the loving care that was provided to their
special father, during his final years, by the incredible care staff at
Elijah's Place.  We will never forget and
especially recognize the stellar leadership of Joan Olson, Nurse Manager
(retired), Tera Toonen, Program Coordinator, and all the staff at Bethel
Home.   Please visit www.seefeldfuneral.com to send
online condolences to the family.

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Diana Lampert
   Posted Mon February 01, 2010
To all of Uncle Erv's family,
You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Uncle Erv was one of a kind and I always loved him. I was 18 before I understood his humor. I love all of you, dearly.

Diana Kay

Shirel Crawford
   Posted Mon February 01, 2010
I am so sorry to hear of your loss.What an amazing man.He will be missed by many.I know he was a wonderful father and grandfather.Because of my friendship with Barbara I was able to meet him.Grace I know he will hear your piano playing in Heaven.

Mike and Ramona Knudtson
   Posted Wed February 03, 2010
It is with deep deep sadness when we learned of Erv's passing. Our prayers will be with you always. We looked up to Erv with his great knowledge of ham radio especially. He will truly be missed by all.

Carmen Pearce
   Posted Fri February 05, 2010
We are so sorry for your loss. He was a very kind and gentle man. One of the memories I have of him is when he accompanied the "Margarita Girls" to the Casino and was able to give a complete run down of where things were, especially the free "Self-Serve" soda machines. He will be missed and I am glad I was able to have the pleasure of meetng him.

John Meyer, NZ9Z
   Posted Sat March 20, 2010
I was so saddened to hear of the passing of my ham radio friend, Erwin, W9RZW. As Membership Coordinator for the Northeast Wisconsin DX Assoc., I wish to pass along condolences from our club, of which Erwin was a longtime member.

I and the club have been trying to get back in touch with Erwin for several years. It is sad that I finally found him through his obituary. Our prayers are with you, his family, at this time of sorrow.

With sadness, John Meyer, NZ9Z

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