Reverend Kenneth R. Frozena, age 88, formerly of Sherwood, WI, peacefully entered eternal life on April 22, 2023.
Father Frozena was born October 31, 1934 in Manitowoc, WI, to the late Felix and Frances (Becker) Frozena. He attended St. Mary’s Grade School, Manitowoc. His high school and junior college years were spent at the Salvatorian Seminary in St. Nazianz, WI, and he received his education in philosophy and theology at St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul, MN.
Father Frozena was ordained by Bishop Stanislaus V. Bona at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay on June 11, 1960. His first priestly appointments were in high school work including teaching at Marinette Catholic Central and as the first chaplain at Roncalli High School, Manitowoc. Father was at Holy Rosary Parish, Kewaunee, and later the parishes in Black Creek and Suring before becoming pastor of St. John Parish, St. John, in 1971. In 1974, he also became pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Sherwood. He served as pastor of St. John-Sacred Heart Parish for 34 years. The St. John-Sacred Heart Parish dedicated a building – the Fr. Ken Frozena Center – in his honor in 2007. He also pastored at St. Mary, Hilbert, and St. Mary, Stockbridge, from 2002 until receiving senior priest status in 2005.
Survivors include two brothers: Jerome (Cynthia) Frozena, Manitowoc, and John (Mary) Frozena, Crivitz; brother-in-law: Roman Jadowski, Manitowoc; sisters-in-laws: Maxine Kelley and Helen Frozena, Manitowoc; and multiple nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Father Frozena was preceded in death by brothers Robert and Joseph Frozena, sister Mary Ann Jadowski, sister and brother-in-law Patricia and Thomas Bosi, and niece Linda Carter.
The Funeral Liturgy, expressing our faith and our hope in the promised glory of the Lord’s Resurrection, will be at 10 am on Thursday, April 27, 2023, at St. John-Sacred Heart Parish, N369 Military Road, Sherwood, with Most Rev. David Ricken as Celebrant. Father Patrick Beno is the homilist. Visitation for Fr. Frozena is at the church on Wednesday from 4:30-6:30 pm with a 6:30 pm prayer vigil, and on Thursday from 8:30 am until 9:45 am. A private burial will take place at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Manitowoc.
The Lakeshore Family Funeral Homes, Pfeffer location, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.lakeshorefamilyfuneralhomes.com. The service will be livestreamed and can be viewed by visiting: https://www.facebook.com/LakeshoreFamilyFH/
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John-Sacred Heart Parish for education and parish center needs.
The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Father Frozena’s parish family for all the care and support during his career and senior years. A debt of gratitude to his previous home care team of Jane, Kathie, Sue, Dr. Joseph Pilon and many others; former neighbors and parish friends providing home and house care; and his current care team at St. Paul Elder Services Manor and Hospice.
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