Obituary of Peter Jacob Friesen
Peter Friesen passed away peacefully, at the end of a short struggle with pneumonia at Grace Hospital, Winnipeg, MB, on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, at the age of 91 years.
He will be deeply missed by his wife, Nettie Friesen, his son, Glen (Crystal) Friesen and their children: Cade, Lexie and Zara; and his daughter, Wendy (Darcy) Ens and their children: Brianna, Luke, Jack and Kaitie. He is also survived by three sisters: Kathy Giesbrecht, Nitha Friesen and Sally Harder; and brothers-in-law John Bergen and Jake Bergen.
He was predeceased by his sisters: Margaret Janzen, Agatha Bergen and Mary Bergen; and brothers-in-law: George Friesen, Ed Giesbrecht, Wally Harder and John Janzen.
Peter was born on July 11, 1929, in Arnaud, Manitoba. He was the oldest child of Jacob and Margaretha Friesen. He loved the family grain farm and spent his entire working life there. In 1970, his sister Margaret introduced him to her friend Nettie Enns. He proposed on Valentine’s Day in 1971 and they were married shortly thereafter. The Arnaud Mennonite Church was his home church. He spent countless hours quietly working behind the scenes. His faith was important to him and he was a kind and generous giver.
Upon retirement, Peter and Nettie moved to Winnipeg and their children were able to live with them while attending university. They loved their home on Kilkenny Drive and lived there until it was time to downsize. Most recently, they moved to Bethel Place where they have enjoyed the past three years.
Peter will be remembered for his kind and gentle manner. He was a family man and loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He spent many hours playing with his grandchildren. In fact, he was able to spend hours sitting and playing with them on the floor well into his 80’s. We will always remember his laugh and his big smile.
The private family service will be held on Monday, September 28, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, MB.
A private family graveside service will be held due to COVID-19 precautions.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank or a charity of your choice.