Obituary of Abram Friesen
It is with immense sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our father, Abraham H. Friesen on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at the Bethesda Regional Health Centre, Steinbach, MB. He was surrounded by his family as he took his final steps to his new heavenly home.
He is survived by his loving wife of 72 years Martha and their eleven children: Diedrich (Barbra) Friesen; Peter (Anna) Friesen; Anna (Ben) Sawatzy; Helena (Leonard) Falk; Jake (Eva) Friesen; Liese (Art) Friesen; Sarah (George) Wiebe; Henry (Sharon) Friesen; Martha (Alvin) Dueck; Maria Friesen; Esther (Don) Bercier. 41 grandchildren and 65 great-grandchildren.
Dad was predeceased by his mother, father, 12 brothers and sisters. He is survived by one sister-in law, Doris Friesen.
Dad was born April 2, 1927 in Gretna.
Dad was baptized in 1947 and belonged to the Sommerfelder Church. Dad was very involved in his church and was a Sunday school teacher.
Dad fell deeply in love with his wife Martha and they married in 1948. Shortly after they boarded a ship, with love in their hearts, a whole lot of faith and sailed into the unknown. Following a 2 month journey they arrived in the jungles of South America. It is there they pitched a tent and their life’s journey began together in a strange land. Although Dad faced great challenges in the beginning, he persevered and never gave up. Eventually he turned the tent in a humble family home, started farming, and from his labour’s God provided them with many blessings. Dad also worked many years as a school teacher and enjoyed it very much. In 1979, they moved back to Canada with their family.
Dad leaves a legacy of strong values for his children and grandchildren. He was a humble, hardworking, generous man with a deep and abiding faith in God. Dad was a proud husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His greatest treasure was his beloved wife Martha. His favourite story to share over the years was how he met his beautiful bride; he would talk about her beauty and what a wonderful woman she is. On his final day on earth, he yet again shared his most cherished story, the story of love “his beautiful wife Martha”.
The funeral service will be held on Friday, February 14, 2020 at 1:30 P.M. at New Bothwell Sommerfeld Church, New Bothwell, Manitoba, with viewing at the church prior to the service. Burial will follow at the church cemetery following the service.
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