Helena Friesen

Helena Friesen (nee Hildebrand)

1931 - 2007

Friesen, Helena.jpgOn Sunday April 8, 2007 at Dauphin Regional Health Centre, Lena Friesen aged 75 years of the Gendreau Personal Care Home in St. Rose du Lac and formerly of the Rosenbach district, went to her eternal rest.

Mom was born on August 18, 1931 on the farm at Rosenbach, north of Winkler where she grew up.  Mom was the youngest of twelve children, two who had predeceased her in infancy, which left six brothers; Peter, Ben, Jake, Dan, Abe, Ike and three sisters; Anne, Mary and Tina. Mom was baptized upon confession of her faith on May 18, 1950. Mom and Dad had taken a liking to each other when Mom was only sixteen but grandma put a stop to that as Dad was considerably older than Mom.  But the love they had for each other stayed and they married on October 16, 1955.  Their marriage was blessed with three children; Wayne, Debbie and Marvin.

Mom grew up helping on the farm with chores that all children did in those days, feeding the ducks and geese, which she did not like as they always chased her and flapped their strong wings against her legs.  But she also got to do more important jobs on the farm as the older siblings left home such as hauling grain to the elevator with horse and wagon. Mom worked in the local Sirluck and Janzen store as well as for a family in Morden as house help.  However when Mom and Dad married she was totally committed to raising a family and being Dad’s help meet. Mom always had a large garden to tend and we kids were taught gardening skills as well, like it or not.  The pantry shelves were always full of the summers produce.  In the winter Mom taught us other skills such as embroidery, knitting and sewing.  I still remember sitting on the floor at Moms feet waiting for her to undo my many mistakes.  Besides her family she also enjoyed doing behind-the-scenes work for her Lord.  She was a life long member of the Ladies sewing circle and she sewed many layettes for the mission field clinics.  She also wrote faithfully to many missionaries to encourage them in their work.  Mom was also the coordinator and a volunteer mother for the Cradle Roll in the church.  In her later years these mothers blessed her in return, as they would come for coffee and a visit.

Mom was always a determined lady.  At the age of 43 she got her drivers license as there was no way all her kids would learn to drive before she did.  And oh how Mom enjoyed driving.  She would often fill the car with ladies and off they would go to Winnipeg for a day of shopping and after Dad’s passing she would still drive the 3½ hours to our place and enjoy every minute of it stopping to enjoy the scenery and visit people on the way. She reluctantly gave up driving four years ago after she had a stroke and she realized it was no longer safe.   Her determination kept her walking and active for 30 plus years as the muscles in her legs gradually got weaker and when she had a heart attack 3 years ago she finally agreed to use the wheelchair.  As Mom needed more help with her care due to her weakness she received home care and she really treasured the ladies who came faithfully to look after her.  From the family we give you a great big thank you.  This past year mom was waiting to go into a nursing home and on April 5th, Mom was admitted to the nursing home in Ste. Rose du Lac which she loved from the minute she arrived there.  She spent the first evening wheeling herself around introducing herself to the other residents.  We were looking forward to having mom closer to us for a long time yet but the Lord had a different plan in mind.  Easter Sunday morning Mom began having unrelenting chest pain and other medical problems that were not to be fixed this time.  God saw fit to take her home.  So she will be no more be listening to the funeral announcements and saying she should get to work as her name was not listed.  Well Mom’s name has been on the announcements but more importantly she is listed in the Book of Life and there will be no more work for her here, just singing praises and worshipping her Lord in person whom she loved so very much.

Her parents, Peter and Katherine Hildebrand predeceased her when she was in her teens.  Mom was also predeceased by her loving husband, Isaac I. Friesen (1999) and all of her brothers and sisters.

Left to mourn her passing is her daughter, Debbie and Ken Schroeder of Ochre River (their children, Ryan, Rachel, Joseph, Jeremy Schroeder); 2 sons, Robert Wayne and Gloria of Morden (their children, Tracy and John Wall, Trisha and Warren Gerbrandt, Tiffany Friesen), Marvin and Pauline of Winkler (their children, Dayna, Matthew, Ashley, Kennedy Friesen) and one great grand son, Owen Wall.  Mom is also survived by 6 sisters-in-law, 2 brothers-in-law, numerous nieces and nephews and a whole host of friends

Funeral service was held on Friday, April 13, 2007 at Winkler EMMC at 11:00 am with Rev. Dale Dueck and Rev. Jerry Hildebrand officiating.  Interment followed at Winkler Cemetery.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler in care of arrangements.


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