Friesen, David

Memorial service will be held at 2:00PM on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at the Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church. Viewing will be from 1PM-6PM on Sunday and Monday at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler. Private interment will take place at the Rosenfeld Cemetery. Donations may be made in David's memory to the M.C.C.

David Friesen
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Reverend David F. Friesen of Winkler, MB formerly of Rosenfeld at the age of 94. He passed away peacefully at home on Thursday July 11, 2019.
David will be missed by his beloved wife of 68 years, Mary (Wiebe) Friesen, his son, John (Donna) and daughters, Linda (Gil), Mary Ann and Cate (Allan), his sisters, Mary Friesen and Anne (Friesen) Doell, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren as well as many other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his sister, Helen (Friesen) Doell, his brother, Tony Friesen and son-in-law, Don Hiebert.
David had a passion for his family, his community and his faith. He had a special gift for connecting with everyone he met, with genuine care and concern. David grew up on a farm near Rosenfeld and always remained close to his family. He served as a conscientious objector for three years during WWII. After that, he returned to school, and met the love of his life, Mary, while they were students at MCI. David loved farming, and even after he gave it up, first for teaching and then to serve the church, he was always interested in how the crops were doing. He worked as a teacher for 12 years and then heeded the call to serve as pastor of Altona Bergthaler Church. During the time he served in Altona, and then in Gretna, he officiated many weddings and funerals, comforted and counselled countless people, and welcomed many refugee families to the community. David and Mary will be remembered well for the flower messages along Highway 14 from 1983 – 2002, including “Keep Hope Alive”, “Remember Who You Are” and “Love Never Fails”. When David could no longer walk or get out easily, hardly a day would go by without family or friends coming to David and Mary’s home. It is a testimony to the love he gave so freely to others.
Memorial service at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at the Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church with private burial at the Rosenfeld Cemetery.
In honour of David’s commitment to supporting refugees, donations may be made in his memory to MCC Canada, for their work with asylum seekers.
Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler
In care of arrangements


#1 Tom Kemple 2019-07-12 19:50
"Remember who you are" -- Cate, Viola, and I frequently often said that to each other during our years together at the Fish House in Toronto.
My deepest condolences,
Tom Kemple, Vancouver
#2 Viola Wiebe 2019-07-13 03:32
Indeed I still quote it on occasion to others and myself. I will remember him as the firebrand that helped to create our lovely Cate, along with her creative and passionate mother, Mary. Take care, all.
Ola (Viola) Wiebe, Bournemouth UK
#3 Marylee Dudgeon 2019-07-13 06:16
Mary, John, Linda, Mary Ann, Cate and sincere condolences. May fond memories sooth your soul at this difficult time. Hugs, love and peace from St. John’s, NL. Marylee and Kathy.
#4 Jim Chapryk 2019-07-14 13:14
Dear Cate, Mary and family. Holding you all in the light as you mourn David's passing. Your Friend, Jim Chapryk, Winnipeg
#5 Jim Chapryk 2019-07-14 13:16
Dear Cate, Mary, family and friends. Holding you in the light as you mourn David's passing. Love and peace, Jim Chapryk, Winnipeg
#6 Darryl Loewen 2019-07-15 12:34
Blessings to you, Friesen family.

On behalf of MCC, I offer warm thanks for the offer of tribute gifts to support refugee response. David's heart not to deprive the foreigner of justice (Deut. 24) beats in rhythm with MCC. Thank you!

As a kid in "DF's" youth group at Gretna Bergthaler in the 1980s, I am thankful for his good-humoured wisdom which guided me to baptism by his hand.

God bless the memory of David's life.
#7 Peter Ewert 2019-07-17 22:30
Aunt Mary, John, Linda, Mary Ann, Cate and families....our condolences as well! We are sorry that we were not available to attend the funeral....God Bless you all!
Peter & Diane Ewert

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