It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Klaus Heinz Frenzel, of Salmon Arm who passed away at home in the arms of his loving wife Geri (Byrne) after a lengthy and valiant battle with cancer. His grace, courage and enduring positive attitude during his illness is a fine example of his strength and amazing character.
Klaus was a man of many talents and he had a great capacity for love. He loved his family and he loved his life. He was absolute in his friendships, his partnerships, his relationships. His children and grandchildren were more than blessed with the goodness of having such a wonderful father and grandfather, a father that never questioned, and could love openly and unconditionally.
Everyone who knew Klaus knew of his passion and great love of horses. He started riding early in life and continued for all of his years. Many friendships were bound and grounded on his love of these beautiful animals and he spent all his years right to the end loving and enjoying his equine friends. There were so many great outings, pack trips, camping and trail riding experiences – few family or friends got away without experiencing and sharing his horsemanship at some level!
Klaus truly appreciated nature, and loved to be outdoors but mostly he just enjoyed being busy: having a project, and making his & Geri’s home beautiful inside and out with his artistic, imaginative and creative endeavours. There was much proof of this at Christmas time as the house became an inspirational vision with an incredible festival of lights for all to delight in as the essence of Christmas shone through.
It is said that “the value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive”. In a word, Klaus was a man who gave – he gave much to his family, friends and work. His was a life that represented wisdom, skill and talents of many kinds. If you knew Klaus, you knew that he had a great sense of humour, and a gentle demeanour. You knew that he was always cheerful, had a mischievous smile, and loved, really loved country and western everything – music, dance, lifestyle, art and history!
Those left to treasure his many memories is his devoted wife Geri and their children: Lana, Craig, Carey (Phil), Burns (Terra), Bonnie (Rawle) and Robyn (Dennis) and grandchildren Indya, Adrian, Ayva, Mya, Laron, Jayce, Jordan, Bridger, step grandchildren Jamela and Nathan, his mother Sonja, and siblings Karin, Ilona, Gert, Kirk and their families.
A celebration of life and tribute to honor this wonderful man was held on April 22, 2014 at the Prestige Inn, Salmon Arm.
“He is no more, but live in thankfulness that he was”