Sara Elias (nee Friesen)
1921 – 2009
On Saturday December 5, 2009 at Salem Home in Winkler, MB, Sara Elias aged 88 years formerly of the Mason school district went to her eternal rest.
Sara was born to her parents, Peter J. and Sara Friesen at Osterwick, MB on March 16, 1921. This is where she attended school and spent her childhood freedom. Upon reaching maturity and in response to the Lord’s knocking she was baptized and joined the Sommerfelder church of Manitoba on June 12, 1946. Later she was united in marriage with Peter Elias on Nov. 28, 1948. They set up home in Mason School District where they remained until retirement in 1982 which took them to their home on 4th street in Winkler. They enjoyed their marriage for 34 ½ years, until the passing of Peter on July 11, 1983. Sara was one of those fortunate people who were blessed with excellent health most of her life but with the onset of dementia and the Lord’s nudging, she decided to move to the Autumnwood apartments where she lived until her final move to Salem in January 2007.
Sara made her Christian faith a part of her life. It reflected in her work, her friendships, her choices and attitudes. Her garden produce was freely shared with others, her home baked cookies were given away in empty Kleenex boxes with joy and her home cooked meals, crusty buns and endless pots of soup were served with love to their employees or visiting friends. Though the door into her farm kitchen was low, her big welcome, generosity, laughter and love that we received inside her home will always be remembered.
As God has planned it for all of us, that we all move on in years, so too did Sara cease her earthly tasks in her kitchen and garden. Dementia took her memory but not her pleasant nature or laugh; it was only during the last 3 weeks of her life when she lay motionless that we did not hear this chuckle – we only got an occasional smile. During the last night of her life, Saturday, Dec. 5 at 3:50am her breathing slowly decreased to a soft, peaceful final breath with 2 nieces praying beside her bed and angels waiting to take her soul home.
She reached the age of 88 years, 8 months and 19 days and leaves to mourn; 1 sister, Helen and husband, Dave Klassen, brother-in-law, George Elias and wife, Mary, sisters-in-law, Edna Friesen, Elizabeth Elias, Margaret Wiebe, Anne Guenter, Mary Hiebert and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank everyone who has added to Sara’s life here on earth. May God bless you for it.
Funeral service was held on Wednesday December 9, 2009 at 11:00 am at Winkler Sommerfeld Mennonite Church and interment followed at Winkler Cemetery.
If friends so desire, donations may be made in Sara’s memory to Salem Foundation Inc. 165 15th St. Winkler, MB R6W 1T8.
Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler in care of arrangements.