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ELISABETH REIMER FRIESEN

Born: Mar 19, 1921

Date of Passing: Nov 23, 2020

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ELISABETH REIMER FRIESEN
March 19, 1921-November 23, 2020


Elisabeth Reimer Friesen, our mother, grandmother, great- and great-great-grandmother of Steinbach, formerly Kleefeld, MB, passed away Monday, November 23, 2020, at Rest Haven Nursing Home after a brief illness. She was 99.
She is survived by nine children: Wilbert (Hilda), Florence, Dennis (Louella), Elda (Darren Palmer), Leona (Mike Kroeker), Ray (Ula Nieuwejaar), Corinne (Rick Loewen), Louise (Peter Dueck), Jim (Rhonda); 23 grandchildren, their spouses and families.
She was predeceased by her husband Albert, one daughter-in-law, one son-in-law, one granddaughter, one great-grandson, two sisters and seven brothers.
Mom was a geriatric nurse before she married our Dad at age 39 and took on his family of seven children. A year after marriage they welcomed Louise, and two years later Jim. She was always a career woman at heart, but adopted the role of wife, mother and home-maker with resourcefulness and adventure. A pioneer in many ways, she, at age 25, was asked to be the matron of Rest Haven - the very nursing home in which she died. She helped start an MCC Thrift Store in southern Manitoba. Her compassion and care were experienced by family and the less fortunate in gifts of home-baked bread, garden produce, organizational and leadership skills, and best of all, by her singing. She passed on her love of four-part harmony to her family! Mother's faith in the Lord was her anchor in life. She had many struggles but always modeled perseverance and integrity, finding answers in her faith. She was a two-time cancer survivor and a huge encouragement to others on the same journey. She and Dad served as deacons at Kleefeld EMC for many years. Mother loved to travel and whether it was a Whiteshell family camp, or a trip to Ecuador at a mission hospital, she served enthusiastically. No task was too small, whether shelling peas out on the grass with her little brood, or later doing Christmas cookie bakes for grandkids. She was an avid writer, composing poetry as well as a daily diary for over 75 years. Her years at Rest Haven were made peaceful by staff providing loving care as she battled dementia and declining communication capacity. But her battle is done! We will miss her so much, but have the glorious hope that she is now Home for Christmas, with her Saviour!
The family expresses deep gratitude to the dedicated staff at Rest Haven Nursing home, and to Dr. Trinh, for caring for mom over 11 ½ years, and especially during the last two weeks of her battle with COVID-19.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Haven Group (Rest Haven Nursing Home) or a charity of one's choice.
A private family burial took place on Friday, November 27, 2020, at Kleefeld EMC cemetery.
To view the live streamed memorial service that was held on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, please visit Elisabeth's obituary on Birchwood's website.


Publish Date: Dec 3, 2020

ELISABETH REIMER FRIESEN
March 19, 1921 - November 23, 2020

Elisabeth Reimer Friesen, of Steinbach, formerly Kleefeld, MB, passed away Monday, November 23, 2020 at Rest Haven Nursing Home. She was 99. She is survived by nine children, 24 grandchildren, their spouses and families.
She was predeceased by her husband Albert; one daughter-in-law; one son-in-law; one granddaughter; one great-grandson.
Mom was a geriatric nurse before she married our Dad at age 39 and took on his family of seven children. A year after marriage, they welcomed a daughter and later a son. She was always a career woman at heart, but adopted the role of wife, mother and home-maker with resourcefulness and adventure. A pioneer in many ways, at age 25, she was asked to be the matron of Rest Haven - the very nursing home in which she died. Her compassion and care were experienced by family and the less fortunate in gifts of baking, garden produce, organizational skills, healing skills and music. She passed on her love of four-part harmony to her family!
Mother's faith in God was her anchor through many struggles but she always modeled perseverance and integrity. She was a two-time cancer survivor and a huge encouragement to others on this journey. Mother loved to travel; whether to a Whiteshell family camp, or a trip to Ecuador at a mission hospital, she served enthusiastically. No task was too small, whether shelling peas out on the grass with her little brood, or later doing Christmas cookie bakes for grandkids. Mom was an avid writer, composing poetry as well as a daily diary for over 75 years. At Rest Haven, she was lovingly cared for as she battled dementia, declining speech capacity and finally COVID. But her battle is done! We lovingly say, 'Rest well, Mom.'
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Haven Group (havengroup.ca) or a charity of one's choice.
A private family burial has taken place. A closed memorial will be held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, December 1, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

To join the family via livestream
for the service, please go to: birchwoodfuneralchapel.com and click the link on Elisabeth's obituary page.

Arrangements by:
BIRCHWOOD FUNERAL CHAPEL CO-OP
1-204-346-1030 OR 1-888-454-1030
www.birchwoodfuneralchapel.com


Publish Date: Nov 28, 2020

As published in Winnipeg Free Press, The Carillon on Nov 28, 2020, Dec 03, 2020

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • Dear Jim and family, I am so sorry to hear the loss of your Mother's passing, Heaven has gotten another Angel! Blessings, Donna and Paul Kuhn - Posted by: Donna kuhn (Friend of Jim's from TMP ) on: Nov 29, 2020

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