Manitoba Funeral Service Association ~"We Serve Because We Care"



The Manitoba Funeral Service Association is a non-profit association which serves Funeral Directors and funeral homes across the Province of Manitoba. The Manitoba Funeral Service Association is dedicated to the advancement of funeral service through support to the public, as well as to our individual members.

The Manitoba Funeral Association Executive is assembled by elected and volunteer Funeral Directors who serve and support our members by providing services, promotional materials and educational opportunities.

MFSA Professional Development

Larry Stuart, Jr. is coming to Winnipeg in April 2018!

Larry is the Founder of Cremation Strategies and Consulting, and the former President of Crematory Manufacturing & Service, Inc., a leading manufacturer of technologically advanced cremation equipment.  Cremation Strategies and Consulting provides expert leadership, planning, organization, training, education, process improvement and strategic planning for the cremation profession. Larry is also a Certified Funeral Celebrant and believes that every life deserves to be honored in celebration remembrance.

Larry is a graduate of Kent State University and is a former member on the Board of Directors of the Cremation Association of North America, and Editor in Chief of The Cremationist magazine, published by CANA.    Larry is also a Cremation Coach for the International Cemetery Cremation and Funeral Association as (ICCFA).  Larry is also a past member of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) Exhibitor Advisory Committee and is currently a Trustee and Treasurer on the Executive Board of the NFDA Heritage Club. Larry is also a Certified Life Tribute Celebrant, certified by The Insight Institute.

Throughout his experience Larry has seen first hand the negative impact that poor crematory maintenance and improper operating procedures can bring about.   Larry has spoken at numerous industry events and has conducted Crematory Operator Training classes across North America with a mission to advance the safety and efficiency of cremation facilities, the safety of their employees and to foster a more positively impact our community and our environment.

Session Topics:

The A to Z of Cremation
What every funeral director needs to know

Redefining Cremation 
In The Mind Of The Consumer

“Professional Terminology”
and “Cremation and the Environment”

Friday, April 13, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. -  3:00 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn - Winnipeg South
495 Sterling Lyon Parkway, Winnipeg, MB
TEL: 204-594-7436 FAX: 204-594-7455

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Friends Funeral Service
Winnipeg, MB

On September 1, 2005, Friends Funeral Service opened its doors in Winnipeg.  Friends Funeral Service originated with three principle owners: Walter Klassen, Harry Froese, and Harold Koslowsky.  Klassen was a longtime funeral director and former owner of Klassen Funeral Home, an endeavor he began in 1970, where both Froese and Koslowsky worked.  Not only are the three friends, they are also family.  Froese and Koslowsky are married to Klassen's nieces. 

"So we blame him (Klassen) for what we've got into," laughs Froese. "We worked together for almost 10 years and even then, a lot of people did not know that we were all related." 

Since opening in September 2005, these three have been joined by four long-time staff members of Klassen Funeral Chapel - hostess Barbara Mueller, casual driver John Olfert, office administrator Betty Plett and most recently, funeral director Kristin Buchalter.

Friends Funeral Service began in response to requests asking Walter Klassen to provide funeral services after he had retired from Klassen Funeral Chapel.  He made arrangements with another funeral home that if family or close friends called, he would be able to use their facility to do the funeral. " Lo and behold, a family called."

The family was very pleased with the arrangement and word quickly spread that Klassen was still available to assist families in need.  Harry Froese joined Klassen in assisting families, and a new partnership was realized. 

"The interesting thing is that we did about 50 funerals without a name, without a building, without an address or phone number," said Klassen.  Since they were not officially open for business, and were operating out of other funeral homes, they ran into a dilemma of how to advertise the funeral in the newspaper obituaries.  They decided to keep it simple: 'Friends of the Family' in care of arrangements.  Klassen said this really gained attention and they decided to use the name Friends Funeral Service once they became incorporated. 

In May 2010, Walter Klassen retired from Friends Funeral Service, leaving the business fully in the hands of Harry Froese and Harold Koslowsky.  Understanding that there was more to do than the two of them could handle, the search began to find another funeral director who could fit into the style and culture established at Friends. Adina Vogt and Kristin Buchalter, both licensed funeral directors, joined the team. In December 2018, Harold Koslowsky retired. Keeping it in the family, Harold's son Jotham Koslowsky is a second year funeral director apprentice as well as Harry's daughter Danielle Froese. 

Friends Funeral Service is independently owned and managed and provides a full range of services, including traditional earth burials, cremation, memorial and inurnment services, graveside services and prearrangements.  They also serve all churches and cemeteries.

Visit us online at Friends Funeral Service


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