Friesen, Anne

Memorial service will be held at 11:00AM on Monday August 26, 2019 at the Winkler Sommerfeld Mennonite Church. Viewing will be from 1PM-6:30PM at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler. Interment will take place at 9:30AM prior to the service at Rosenheim Cemetery. Donations may be made in Anne's memory to the Salem Foundation Inc.

Anne Friesen (nee Giesbrecht)
1932 - 2019
Peacefully in her sleep early Tuesday morning, August 6, 2019, mom went home to be with her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Mom was born July 27, 1932 at Grossweide District, north of Plum Coulee. She was the youngest of five children born to William D. and Maria (nee Stoesz) Giesbrecht. She attended school at Grossweide. Mom worked on her parent’s family farm and after mom and dad were married, she worked a casual position at the Horndean General Store. Mom and dad were married November 28, 1954 and lived in Horndean. In April 1958, mom and dad moved to the farm north of Horndean. They lived there until November 1988 when they moved to Pineview Drive in Winkler. In June 2007, mom and dad moved to Cedar Estates. Those early years on the farm, mom worked diligently, making a home out of a three-room house. She worked alongside dad tending the crops. The year our Grandpa Friesen passed, in spring, mom even learned how to plant sugar beets. She grew a big garden each year, canned and preserved all the fruits and vegetables she could get her hands on. One of Mom’s love languages was cooking for her family, especially accommodating Dad’s special dietary needs during his years of illness. Mom was always happy to add last minute guests at our family dinner table during busy times even when people would drop by unexpectedly at mealtimes. Sunday fasba’s with company at the table, were a treat with homemade buns, one of her specialties. Many people enjoyed her delicious meals, both in our home, and meals she delivered to people who were lonely. I (Diane) recall the last time mom made a farmer sausage, shmauntfat and kielke supper, while supporting herself on her walker. She set it on her walker and shared it with a neighbour lady a few doors down the hall. She phoned me later, saying that would be the last ’real’ meal she would cook. It had taken her over two hours, and she was exhausted. During our childhood years, mom also sewed all our clothes. She sewed dad’s coveralls, our school and Sunday-best clothes. In May 2018, mom fell for the last time while alone in her condo. The paramedics took her to Boundary Trails Health Centre. She stayed there until being transferred in August to Swan Lake Hospital for five weeks and then to Emerson Personal Care Home in September. Her earthly destination had been Salem Home, and she finally got to move there on January 4, 2019. She enjoyed living at Salem Home. She’d often say, “This is the best place to live until I get to heaven.” Mom had a deep-set faith and was baptized upon the confession of her faith in the Sommerfeld Church. Her gifts were used in teaching Sunday school and teaching 4-H in our home. She committed to feeding residents, weekly, at Eastview Place, Altona, for many years. She made many new friends upon their move to Winkler. And again, made new friends in her move to Salem. After dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2010, mom struggled to cope and accept the disease. It was a battle that plagued her for several years after his passing. Many times, we prayed with her and read Bible verses together. Pastors from the church and precious family members prayed over her and with her. It was a gift to her, that she experienced God’s forgiveness and was able to release the pain. In these last ten months it was also a gift to us as a family to see her in a state of peacefulness.
Mom was predeceased by her husband, Ed in 2013, one sister and three brothers. She leaves to mourn two children, daughter, Diane and Brian Dueck and their family, Arlin and Mabyn Dueck, children, Thomas and Nora, Gradyn and Savannah Dueck and newborn, Bauer, son, Brian and Roxanne Friesen and their family, Justin and Quinn Friesen, Tyler, Erik, Taya and Owen.
Memorial service at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 26, 2019 at the Winkler Sommerfeld Mennonite Church with interment prior to the service at Rosenheim Cemetery.
We as a family, would like to thank the staff at BTHC, Swan Lake Hospital, Emerson Personal Care Home and Salem Home for their compassionate care. We also thank Wiebe Funeral Home for their professionalism, guidance and care.
Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler
In care of arrangements


#1 Curt reimer 2019-08-08 14:48
So sorry,what a wonderful freind,will miss her cheery smile
#2 Mandy Slobodian 2019-08-15 22:38
We miss her friendly smile at Salem. We are sorry for your loss.
#3 Jeannie & David Klassen 2019-08-17 17:06
To Rox, John, Friesen & Froese Families, May the warm memories created & sustain you as time progresses. God will take care of you all.
Jeannie & David

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