Helmut K. Froese, age 94, passed away on Sunday, December 18, 2022, at the Brockton, Massachusetts VA Healthcare Center. Born in Bochum, Germany on January 25, 1928, he was the son of the late Albert and Maria (Rueger) Froese. He was raised and educated in Germany, where he began his working career as a tool and die maker. In 1952, Helmut immigrated to the United States of America, making his new home in Dedham, Massachusetts.
Shortly after his arrival, Helmut was drafted into the United States Army, where he proudly served his new country during the Korean War. He was stationed with the 94th Engineer Company, spending a little over a year in Japan. While on active duty, Helmut swore his allegiance to the United States and was granted citizenship. Helmut was honorably discharged in December of 1954, having earned the rank of Corporal. Upon his return home to Dedham, Helmut found work with Burgess Brothers in Norwood, continuing his craft of tool and die making.
Helmut married his beloved wife, Marianne B. Dennert, on July 29, 1962, at Saint Luke's Church in Dedham. The young couple initially made their home in Dedham, before settling in Walpole, Massachusetts in 1977. Helmut's career continued with Burgess Brothers, following the company to their modern location in Canton, Massachusetts. He retired in September of 1986, after many years of dedicated service. As a direct result of his problem-solving skill set that was developed as a tool maker, Helmut could fix just about anything, as he was always interested in how things worked.
Helmut looked forward to many family vacations over the years, exploring destinations in New Hampshire, Cape Cod, Canada, and Germany; always with his camera in hand. After returning home, Helmut spent hours piecing together movies, using his reel-to-reel equipment to cut and create the perfect films. More recently, he began converting his home movies to DVD, ensuring the memories that were created would be passed down to the next generation.
Throughout his life, Helmut was an avid collector of stamps. His collection started when he was a child in Germany and grew extensively over the years. He enjoyed keeping his mind sharp, completing Sudoku puzzles and reading sheet music to play his piano. Most of all, he loved being surrounded by his family.
Beloved husband of Marianne B. (Dennert) Froese.
Loving father of Eva Crowley and her husband, Richard, of Middleboro and Eric Froese and his wife, Shannon Lestan, of Walpole.
Cherished grandfather of Nolan Froese, Ethan Froese, and Christopher Lestan.
Brother of the late Guenter Froese.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend Helmut's Celebration of Life on Sunday, January 22, 2023, at 11:15 AM in Beacon's Restaurant, 85 Providence Highway (Route 1 Southbound), East Walpole. A luncheon will follow at noon. Interment will take place privately in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, PO Box #91891, Washington, D.C. 20090 – 1891 or at https://www.nationalmssociety.org/