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Date of Passing: Jan 05, 2022

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It is with broken hearts that we share the passing of Elmer E. Friesen on January 5, 2022.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Susie, children, Glen and Pauline (Max, Brady, and Jayden), Rose and Harold (Brock and Janneke; Margot, Rhett, and Cole), (Kirsten and Jeff; Ace, Isabelle), Barry and Kim (Carson), Charlene and Ray (Ryan and Cris; Sophia, Teo), (Dana and Jake), (Sean and Lexie). Dad is also survived by sisters Hilda and Linda, and brothers Lawrence, Pete, and Ken.
Elmer was raised in Sanford and Halbstadt where he developed lifelong friends and enjoyed life on the farm.
Dad was baptized upon the confession of his faith in the spring of 1961 into the Halbstadt Bergthaler church, where he became a lifelong member.
Elmer married the love of his life Susie on June 30, 1961. They lived with Susie's parents for a few years, and then purchased Elmer's parents farm where they lived until they built a house in Altona in 2004.
Dad was a farmer all his life, even into his retirement, he waited for the call to come help. On occasion if he was feeling antsy to get onto the field, he would show up at the farm before Glen was even out of bed! His other passions included fishing and camping at Moose Lake, picking chokecherries and saskatoons (which he had an eagle eye at spotting in the middle of the bush), and dismantling buildings (he couldn't resist free wood!).
Dad was an avid volunteer in his community, he sat on the board at his church for many years, lent a hand at the Halbstadt Community Center throughout many events and curling bonspiels, and helped with flood relief. After the move to town, he was often found at MCC, whether it was clerking, delivering or picking up furniture, or having coffee and visiting.
In earlier years, he snowmobiled in many safaris and enjoyed curling. In winter or after a rain he would go for coffee at The Halbstadt Store. Some of his most recent hobbies included kayaking, walking his daily seven kilometers, and tending to his bountiful garden with his special little helpers from next door, Kezia and Bodey.
He and Mom enjoyed travelling to many places around the world, and he greatly enjoyed a family trip to Mexico in 2020. He valued each and every member of his growing family and welcomed them with joy.
Dad's family loved him so much that there was competition to sit next to him at every family dinner.
Dad will be remembered for his wonderful legacy of quiet faith, strong work ethic, generous nature, and devotion to his family.
A memorial service was held Saturday, January 8, 2022 at the Altona Bergthaler Church. Interment took place at the Altona Cemetery. Donations in memory of Elmer may be made to CancerCare Manitoba.


Words cannot express how much we thank you for the expressions of sympathy, and all the help you have provided us during our difficult time. We are truly grateful for your friendship and support.
- The Family

Wiebe Funeral Home, Altona
in care of arrangements

As published in The Carillon on Jan 20, 2022

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