Friesen, George

George G. Friesen

1923 – 2010 

George_GGeorge G. Friesen was born on October 3, 1923 in Chortitz SK near Swift Current to Gerhard and Agatha (Unger) Friesen. Dad married the love of his life Mary Klassen at Hague SK on August 3, 1947. They enjoyed a honeymoon in Kelowna BC, and then stayed on for 3 months to pick fruit in the orchards there. Mom and dad were blessed with 5 children and almost 63 years of marriage. Over the years mom and dad lived in various places including St. Laurent, the village of Osterwick and in the village of Neuenburg for 35 years. They moved to Winkler in the year 2000 to Cottonwood Drive where dad enjoyed tending all the flowers and plants on their yard. Two years later they moved to Garden Park Estates where they enjoyed many rich friendships. On August 17, 2009 dad went to live at Salem Home. 

Dad's faith was very important to him and modeled his faith in his own quiet way. We always knew that dad loved us and that he loved his Savior. The love that mom and dad shared is an inspiring legacy for our family. Mom and dad prayed for their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren faithfully everyday. 

In their first year of marriage dad was employed in Macrorie SK working as a farm labourer for 2 years. He was appreciated for his diligent work and received a letter of high recommendation from his employer. Mom and Dad moved to Manitoba where he worked at various jobs before being employed by the R.M. of Stanley where he was a heavy equipment operator for 10 years. Over the years dad farmed while working full time at other jobs. Dad was also employed at the Morden Research Station for 20 years. It was during this time he took upgrading and completed his grade 8 education. Since he was the oldest son in the family his help was needed at home and was only able to complete a grade four education as a young boy. 

Over the years dad served in various capacities including the Neuenburg cemetery committee, school and church boards. 

Dad was handsome and strong and was a very hard worker all his life. He instilled a strong work ethic in his children and had the ability to fix anything that needed fixing and found solutions for most any problem. He had a great sense of humor and was always willing to lend a helping hand, using his creativity in making homemade curlers for one of his daughters in a Saturday night crisis. 

After retiring in 1988 he enjoyed doing some woodwork including cooling racks for each of his daughters and also designed and built our piano bench. He loved skating and was often the oldest person on the ice. He also took up ice curling, floor curling and bowling. Dad was artistic and had a real talent for drawing. Dad was meticulous in all he did. This was evident in his gardening skills and every task he performed. 

Dad is survived by his devoted and loving wife Mary, their children:

Mary (Abe) Friesen
Judy ( Levi) Friesen
Shirley (Henry) Unrau
Ruth (Jerry) Letkeman
George (Bonnie) Friesen
Grandchildren and their families:
Dawn Friesen, Marcus & Isabelle;
Jacqueline (Nick) Dueck, Ryan & Cody;
Lisa Friesen; Michael (Misty) Friesen; Darcy, (Raquel) Friesen;
Wendy (Andy) Fehr; Nathan (Tina) Unrau, Trenton, Odessa, Nila; Jody
(Nathan) Wiebe, Madden, Austin, Blaine;
Kimberly (Jesse) Evans, Cassidy; Donovan (Traci) Letkeman; Brent Letkeman;
Jerica Friesen, Jordan Friesen
 

He is survived by two brothers Jake & John. 

He was predeceased by his parents, 3 brothers, a half brother, 3 sisters, 2 sister-in laws and a grandson Ricky in infancy in 1977. 

While we are comforted in the fact that dad is now with his Savior, we mourn the loss of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. 

Thank you to the Home Care Staff for your faithful service to mom and dad in their last years at Garden Park. Thank you to the staff and volunteers at Salem Home for your excellent care and compassion shown to dad over this past year. Special thanks to Wiebe Funeral Home for your professional and personal service.