Katharina (Kay) Eisbrenner (nee Friesen)

1926 – 2015


EisbrennerKayPeacefully on Monday September 16, 2015, surrounded by family members, Katharina (Kay) Eisbrenner, aged 88 years passed away at Boundary Trails Health Centre.

Kay was born to Henry W. and Elizabeth Friesen on October 15, 1926, in the Weidenfeld District, northwest of Altona.  She attended the Weidenfeld School, then helped out on the family farm and during that time met her lifelong partner, Walter at a barn dance in Weidenfeld.  They were married on October 15, 1947 in the Redeemer Lutheran Church of Winnipeg and had been married for 64 years.  Walter passed away April 8th, 2012.

Kay was also predeceased by her parents, Henry and Elizabeth Friesen in 1966 and 1968, by her brothers, Henry, Peter, Jake, Ben and her brother, Johnny in infancy, by her brothers-in-law, Johnny, Abe and Ralph, by her sister, Helen and her sisters-in-law, Eva and Agnes.  She will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her daughter, Gail (Percy), son, Terry (Gladys), son, Rob (Loretta), grandchildren, Natalie (Steven), Scott, Nicole, Shannon (Natalie), Chantel (Fred), Kris (Lisa), Walter, Albee, Colby, great grandchildren, Ariane, Cydnee, Dawson, Sawyer, Delaney, Harrison, Ihriel, sister, Mary (Aaron), sisters-in-law, Ruth, Tina, Elie and Eleanor (Alfred) and numerous nieces and nephews.

Kay farmed side by side with Walter near Rosenfeld for nearly 27 years.  Prior to that she lived in Rosenfeld and spent time curling (many hours were spent in the old Rosenfeld Curling Rink by her children watching their mom curl) and volunteering as a health care worker and a hairdresser for the Ebenezer Nursing Home in Altona.  Kay was ahead of her time as a housewife and mother and not only took a hairdressing course but also in 1958, she completed the first level Home Nursing course through The St. John Ambulance Association and in 1961, completed the 2nd. level Home Nursing course through The St. John Ambulance Association and attained Qualification through the Civil Defence Coordinator for Manitoba.  Her children fondly remember the many hours they spent as model patients while their mother practised the skill sets on them – ie bandaging, slings and splints. Kay and her husband Wally left the farm in 1992 and moved to Morden where she continued her volunteer career by volunteering at the Morden Friendship Center. Kay’s health began to decline; particularly after her husband, Wally passed away.  Her love for her children and grandchildren helped her maintain her independence until the morning of September 16, at which time she succumbed to her heart condition.

Funeral service at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, September 21st, 2015 at Wiebe Funeral Chapel in Morden with interment at the Rosenfeld Cemetery.  Our family would like to express our sincere thanks to her doctor of 30 some years, Dr. Carol Holmes; to the nursing staff at Boundary Trails Health Center; to Pastor Alex Klages of the Zion Lutheran Church, who has spent much time with our beloved Mother and Grandmother; to the staff and her many friends at Legion House 2; and to Wiebe Funeral Chapel of Morden for their kind assistance and care of arrangements.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 200-6 Donald Street, Winnipeg.

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