Oshawa Funeral Home


Franz Will

February 23, 1934March 28, 2021

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband and father, Franz Will at the age of 87 years at Lakeridge Health Oshawa. Franz leaves behind his devoted wife of 64 years, Lotte Will and his dedicated children Frances (Glenn) Coker, Diana (Mark) Russell, Jeanette Will-Lukow and Frank Will. Dearly remembered by his sister Elizabeth Menzer of Zizenhausen, and predeceased by his siblings Johanna Rill of Ulm and Wilhelm Will of Nendingen, all of Germany. Forever cherished by his grandchildren Michelle Coggan, Darrell Coker, Nicholas, Julia and Phillip Russell, Genevieve and Dominique Lukow, Joshua Will and great grandchildren Makayla, Emmalyne, Liam and Mateo. Treasured friend of Else and Klemens (deceased) and family. Loved ones will truly miss shared times with Franz at the cottage, a legacy he built from the ground up as a new immigrant who valued Canada’s resources. It was at the lake that Franz was his happiest enjoying social bush walks, watercraft rides, dock visits, campfires and chicken roasts. Franz loved cooking his many specialities and indulging his extensive family, often hosting large gatherings with his brand of hospitality. There are many worldwide recipients of his handcrafted woodwork, another passion. A natural leader, Franz was a proud Canadian who contributed a strong work ethic to our country. He came from Germany to Canada as a young man and built a fulfilling new life together with Lotte. Full of energy and ideas, Franz always was ready to serve others even as his health failed him. Franz selflessly demonstrated abundant love and unwavering support for his family and lifelong friends who will forever adore their larger than life Opa Bear. Thank you to Dr. O.Hadisfar, Dr. R.Tahiliani and Lakeridge Health Oshawa for their care and compassion. A private celebration by invitation will be held to honour Franz because of Covid 19 restrictions. Please join the family via livestream on Saturday, April 10th at 10:30 a.m. at the following link: In memory of Franz, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice are appreciated.

"We’ll always remember that special smile, that caring heart, that warm embrace, you always gave us. Your being there for family and friends, through good and bad times, no matter what. We’ll always remember you because there will never be another one to replace you in our hearts, and the love we will always have for you." - Author Unknown


  • Livestream Service

    Saturday, April 10, 2021



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Frank Rill

April 4, 2021

My Uncle Frank, was a great Husband, Father, Brother , Uncle , neighbor & friend!
May he rest in peace. Heaven WILL be a better place with him there now. With the fondest memories we will remember him always...;^)
Frank & Scarlett Rill

Anita Schmiedl

April 2, 2021

In der schweren Zeit des Abschiednehmens sind wir in Gedanken und mit den Herzen bei euch.
Wir wünschen Euch viel Kraft, Trost und Liebe.

Denkt an die schöne Zeit, die ihr miteinander verbringen konntet.
Fühlt euch von uns umarmt.

Herzliche Anteilnahme,
Familie Schmiedl

John Rill

April 1, 2021

I am so thankful that I was able to cherish the time I was able to get to know Uncle Frank over the years. I enjoyed listening to his life stories, watching home videos, looking at photo albums and even getting a la carte meals made by Frank and Lotte at such a great age. Some of the fondest memories were about life and the challenges that he and my grandmother were able to face and overcome, and how important it was to stay strong as a family and to back each other up when times were hard. I was able to learn a lot, especially about our roots and some of the gaps I was unsure about in our family.

He was incredibly resilient, caring and worked his butt off. Lastly he did not leave one stone unturned...he had a lot of fun until the end. He was a great man and raised an unbelievable caring family that keeps on growing. We should celebrate your legacy and your next journey Uncle Frank. I hope you and Hanni meet again with our ancestors. You will always be remembered on earth. Farewell!

My sincerest condolences and much love 💐

Johann Rill

April 1, 2021

He was my Favourite, beloved Uncle, lieber Franz, my mothers brother, may he rest in Heavenly Peace, a well deserved Life, he left behind, Memories & Love, John

Martina and Dieter Falkenburger

March 31, 2021

With heartfelt condolences.
He will be missed by his German relatives from overseas.
Thankful for many happy memories with him and the Will family.
Thinking about you and wishing you comfort and peace.

Bobbie and Murray Hamilton

March 30, 2021

Our sincere condolences and thoughts and prayers are with you all. Frank will be missed by us and our family. Love to you all. Bobbie and Murray
Many happy memories with the Will family.