On Friday, February 3rd, 2017, Alfred Frappier, age 85, of McHenry, ND, peacefully passed away at Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd in New Rockford, ND.
Alfred John William Frappier was born to Paul Sr. and Amy (Briss) Frappier on May 8th, 1931, in Kensal, ND. As the son of a farmer, the love of the land ran deeply through Alfred’s veins. There was no question as to the occupation that would be the foundation of his life for more than eight decades. Alfred enjoyed the simplicity of early education in country schools in the Kensal region, until his family settled in the McHenry area. He attended school there graduating from McHenry High School in 1949. As Alfred so proudly proclaimed, “I graduated fourth in my class!” It was years later that he admitted there were only four students IN his class.
Following a relentless pursuit that involved numerous trips to Oklahoma, Alfred successfully wooed the love of his life, Joann Taxdahl, and they married on November 7th, 1954, in McHenry. Their union brought the joys and trials realized from raising their family of five energetic boys and one perfect (cherished) princess. Alfred and Joann went on to enjoy 57 wonderful and memorable years together before her passing on August 16th, 2012.
Alfred was a lifelong sports fan, a trait that was shared with all of his children. Alfred was a constant presence at the sporting events in which his children and grandchildren participated. He also loved watching his favorites: the Duke Blue Devils, Minnesota Twins, Vikings, and Timberwolves. In his later years, he was a devoted and competitive pinochle player but mostly enjoyed the camaraderie of his friends.
Alfred had a sharp mind and his friends and family were routinely the subjects of his exceptional wit and subtle humor. Alfred loved to laugh, and it never took long before those around him were laughing too. Never one to enjoy any special attention paid to him, with a flick of his wrist, Alfred would summon his trademark expression, “Oh, good heavens!” This quip was useful to Alfred in virtually any circumstance.
Mourning his loss are the loved ones left behind: Alfred’s five sons John, Tom (Nicki), Skip, Kaylin (Terri), all of Fargo; Kyle (Jeanne) McHenry; one daughter Kolette (Dan) Trottier, Bismarck; grandchildren Chantel Frappier (Jim Clapp), Kayla (Rich) Danielson, Zach (Katelyn) Frappier, Kallie, Klay, and McKenna Frappier, Sophie Frappier, Sydney, Jackson, Kade, and Reece Trottier; and great grandchildren Jude and Pierce Clapp. He is also survived by one sister, Alice Feland of Bismarck, and one brother, Clarence (Marge) Frappier of McHenry.
Alfred was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Joann; his parents; brothers, Paul Jr., Richard; and sister, Evelyn Westerhausen.
Wednesday (Feb. 8th) with Rosary at 7:15PM and Prayer Service at 7:30PM, Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:
Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, McHenry, ND
DATE AND TIME:
Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 10:30AM
Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery, rural McHenry
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Name: Sheila Hoyt
Message: So sorry to hear of the passing of Alfred. Won't be able to make the funeral but will keep your family in my prayers hugs to all the family.
Name: Deb Kuehn
Message: To all the Frappiers,
Yvonne and my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. May the memories of good family times help you through this time. I always enjoyed spending time with Alf when we have been there to visit.
Name: Tim and Beth Haugen
Message: Our sincere sympathy to the entire Frappier family. We hope you can turn your grief into gratitude for the wonderful memories you have of your Dad.
Take care, Beth and Tim Haugen
Message: May his soul rest in perfect peace, and light perpetual shine on him. You have my deepest sympathy.
Name: Diane Domke
Message: Kaylin, Terri, and Chantel - I am so sorry to hear your loss, he sounds like a wonderful man who will be missed greatly by you all - yet is goodness will forever remain with you all forever.
Message: Kaylin and Family, we are very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers!
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Name: Jacki (Thompson) Black
Message: I have fond memories of times spent at your farm. Building forts ,riding cows and just good times. Prayers to the whole family.
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Message: To the entire Frappier gang. Struggling to find words right now but please know that my heart is with all of you - mourning the loss of never being able to see your dad's smiling face again, yet thankful that he didn't suffer and joined your mom peacefully, just as he would want it, without a lot of attention and fussing over him. Oh how I will miss him! Coming home to McHenry will never be the same! I will especially miss those generously given hugs I could always count on each and every time I saw him! Just wish I could have had a chance to give him one more! Instead, hugs to all of you. Love you all and my thoughts and prayers are with you as you continue to celebrate your dad's life sharing the wonderful memories you have of him!
Date: Feb 6
Message: My deepest sympathy to you all. I have so many cherished memories of him. Also of both your dad & mom together, now they are again, very special. Alf and I had many good times as partner playing Pinochle together traveling to many places, also pretty good luck too. Also enjoyed him and them coming into the cafe. What a wonderful couple they were. Also his saying " Good Heavens " to things. Marvin Miska and I played Pinochle in Wimbledon yesterday and we both said, him for Evie and me your dad, wishing us luck. We won too, also met of one of your mom's relative ( a Feske) People also asked about your dad, he was missed. Hugs and Love to you all.
Message: my deepest sympathy to all. I have many cherished memories of such a wonderful man. He was always a welcome morning coffee drinker when I opened the cafe in the morning, always with a great smile and positive attitude. He will be missed at church plus many other places. My very cherished memory is of our many birthday suppers with our little birthday club, so many wonderful times. Hugs to all
Name: Kerry Smith
Message: My deepest sympathy goes out to the entire family. What a wonderful neighbor and friends Alfred and all of you have been over the years with our family. I know with the special friendship my mom and dad had with your folks and with several of us kids being in the same grade we will all deeply miss him.
Name: Loren Houselog
Message: I was so sorry to hear of Alfred's passing. He was a great man who is going to be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the kids, their spouses and your extended families. Love to everyone!
Name: Stacey (Skadberg) Rzaszutak
Date: Feb 6, 2017
Message: Kyle and family,
So sorry to hear about your dad's passing. He was such a sweet guy to me.
Name: Sheila Neumann
Date: Feb. 6,2017
Message: My sincere sympathy to all of you. My memories of all of you go way back attending church together in McHenry. Your mom and dad will be missed by all. My brother Marvin and your dad had become good friends. May God Bless all of you. Prayers and sympathy.
Message: your Dad will be greatly missed. He was always a smiling face every morning when I opened the cafe in the morning. He always had wonderful things to say, always a positive person. He will be missed at church. I will always cherish our many birthday suppers, we had such a great time. I can hear him saying "Oh,Good Heavens " Much love and hugs to his family. Love Darlis
Name: Nancy Gannarelli-Sand
Date: February 6, 2017
Message: We were so sad to hear of the passing of Alfred. He was a dear man who loved and cherished his family and friends. Know we are lifting you all up with prayers and hugs during this difficult time. It is never easy to lose a parent or grandparent, no matter their age or ours. Keep faith, Alfred will always be in your heart and is happily reunited with the love of his life, Joann.
With love, Nancy & Dana, Ben & Nicole Sand
Message: John and Frappier Family
We are sorry to see your dad's obit in the paper. We are praying for you and your family.
Lake Isabel neighbors
Craig and Micki Giese
Name: Diane Clark
Message: So sorry to hear about your dad's passing. I remember when my dad passed away Alf said to me, "He was more like a brother to me than just a friend." I am sure my dad felt the same about your dad. He will be missed.
Name: Gary G Ryan
Message: Our sincere sympathy goes to all the Frappier family. We have enjoyed your friendship for many years. Alf was always behind us in church with a big smile and greeting. He will definitely be missed by the fellow members of St. Peter and Paul. Our prayers to all.
Sincerely, Chris and Gary Ryan
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