Henry U Friesen

1914 – 2011

friesen_henry_sqHenry U. Friesen, aged 96 years, went home to be with his Saviour on Saturday, July 30, 2011 at Boundary Trails Health Centre after being admitted there on July 5.

Henry was born to Johan and Maria (nee Unger) in Neuenberg on December 3, 1914. Henry’s mother died on 1918 and his father in 1966. Although Henry as a child loved school, because of the depressed economic times of the day, was only permitted to complete grade six. However, Henry always continued to learn, including reading, writing and speaking English. Upon confession of his faith, he was baptized and became a member of the Sommerfeld Mennonite Church in Reinland. Henry married Mary Friesen from Blumenhof, SK in Winkler on November 22, 1942. Shortly thereafter, they purchased farmland in the Kleefeld school district near Plum Coulee where Henry constructed a home, barns, and granaries. With the birth of children, Henry and Mary became members of the Old Colony Mennonite Church situated in Reinfeld only three miles from their home. Sunday school for the children was an important feature of this church. Henry was a song leader and assisted in the carpentry of the church building. After raising their family on the farm, they had a farm auction sale in 1977 and retired to a home in Winkler. Henry and Mary rejoined the Winkler Sommerfeld Mennonite Church where Henry served as a song leader. Henry also assisted with the construction of the church sanctuary expansion.

In 2010, Henry and Mary moved from their second retirement home to an apartment as Henry’s health was failing. He suffered from memory loss and congestive heart failure. Henry died peacefully with his wife and family by his side.

Thanking God for their 68 years of marriage is his wife, Mary (nee Friesen) of Winkler, a daughter, Margaret Elaine and Peter Hiebert of the Winkler district, two sons, John Howard and Helen of Winkler, Abram Wesley and Kathy of Dauphin as well as twelve grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Surviving from eleven siblings are three half sisters. He was predeceased by five siblings in infancy and two brothers.

Funeral service took place on Wednesday August 3, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Winkler Sommerfeld Mennonite Church with interment at Rosenbach Cemetery.

If friends so desire, donations in Henry’s memory may be designated to two grandsons in full time ministry:

Ben Friesen                                                                                Aaron Friesen

c/o Asian Outreach (Thailand)                                c/o Regina Youth for Christ

Box 42052                                                                                  2025 Lorne St.

Vancouver, BC V6P 6S6                                                          Regina, SK S4P 2M4

 

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