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Helen Friesen

Posted: 01/17/2019 9:55 AM

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Mom was born Jan. 7, 1929 to Peter and Agnes Brandt and grew up in the Rosenort area. She and Dad (Bill Friesen) were married in 1952 and moved to their farm in the Pleasant Valley district. They resided on the farm for the next 45 years and during this time they raised their four sons there. They were active in their community and in the life of the Pleasant Valley Church which was a focal point of their activities. Mom gave unselfishly of her time to serving in many capacities. Through the years, she continually used her gift of sewing expertise to bless many people from both near and far.

Retirement to Rosenort in 1997 brought many changes which Mom embraced enthusiastically. A further change was moving into the local seniors’ housing complex where Mom both gave and received much love. Her biggest change came in 2013 when Dad passed away, but Mom faced this change courageously with the unshaken faith that God would continue to meet her needs. To her last days, she focused on the needs of others and sought to encourage and bless them. She modeled a daily walk with God that served as an example to each of her family. We knew we were in her prayers every day.

Mom passed away in Morris on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018. Mourning her passing but also celebrating all that she meant to us are her four sons and their families: Glenn (wife Sue), Brian (wife Luella), Terry (wife Sheila), Randall (wife Karen); eight grandchildren and their spouses; and 13 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one brother and four sisters. She was predeceased by her husband, Bill.

Mom’s funeral service was held on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. Donations in her memory may be made to Pleasant Valley EMC.

We want to thank the staff at Rosenort Heritage Centre for their care for Mom over the past number of years; thanks to the nursing staff and doctors at Morris General Hospital for their care for Mom during her last days; thanks to Morris Funeral Home for attending to our needs at this time. Also, thanks to Pastor Darren Plett for his comfort and encouragement to our family.

Arrangements entrusted to
Morris Funeral Home

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