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Date of Passing: Dec 28, 2022

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Elaine Friesen (Kehler) on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 surrounded by family.
Elaine leaves to cherish her memory a loving husband Herb; and her sons, Vaughn and Ian.
Elaine was a source of light and love to many people in the community and her loss will be felt by many.
Please join us for a celebration of her life to be held at the Anavets 283, located at 3584 Portage Avenue in Winnipeg on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at 1:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please donate on Elaine's behalf to the Winnipeg Humane Society.

For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit

Chapel Lawn Funeral Home

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 31, 2022

Condolences & Memories (14 entries)

  • Condolences to the family. Elaine was a breath of fresh air. Much fun was had with her over the years. Sending love to you all. The family of Dan Lach. - Posted by: The Lach family (friends) on: Jan 09, 2023

  • So Sorry to hear the passing of Elaine, deepest condolences to her Family & Friends. Elaine was a breath of fresh air, one of a kind with a huge heart and never a dull moment with Elaine, always making people laugh. She will be greatly missed by all. Rest In Peace Elaine Kathy (Appleton) - Posted by: Kathy Friesen ( Appleton ) (Friend of the Appleton Family ) on: Jan 03, 2023

  • Elaine really got the crowd going when we would see Ian perform. Such fond memories! - Posted by: Linda Stewart (friend) on: Jan 03, 2023

  • Elaine had such an up beat personality. She had us all in stitches every time she stopped into "the shop" to see Erv. - Posted by: Ken Stewart (friend) on: Jan 03, 2023

  • We are very saddened by Elaine’s passing. She came to visit us all in Crystal City over the years quite frequently and always made her rounds to visit family and friends in our area. She was always upbeat, energetic, fearless and so much fun. She loved her family so much and her heart was as big as her beautiful smile. Rest In Peace Elaine. Love from Don and Glenyce Vines. - Posted by: Glenyce Vines (Cousin-in-law) on: Jan 02, 2023

  • Who will ever forget Elain's "whoot whoot"? It was like her signature. Whether we saw her shopping at Scoop & Save Health Foods or out for the evening at Celebrations encouraging her son and others "whoot whoot" told you that she was there and having fun. She always had a joke or a riddle, most of them old and corny, but she laughed every time she told one. She will be greatly missed. Condolences to her family - Posted by: Rick Drury (Friend) on: Jan 02, 2023

  • Elaine was an amazing, kind, and always positive person! She and Erv raised two sons (Ian and Vaughan) who are fine upstanding people. I worked with Erv. I got to know the Kehlers quite well, when the kids were growing up. I haven’t seen the boys in quite some time but want them to know that both their parents were wonderful people! I am glad I had the chance to know them both. RIP Elaine.. Bob (Woody) and Cathy Wood - Posted by: Bob Wood (Friend ) on: Jan 01, 2023

  • I’m so sorry to read of Elaine’s death. Her obituary describes her perfectly as a source of light and love. We both went to Westwood Collegiate long ago; even though we didn’t hang out we crossed paths many times over the years and she was as friendly as she had been in high school. The last time we bumped into each other was at the St. Norbert’s Farmers Market several years ago. My sincere condolences to Herb and her family. - Posted by: Judy Labossiere (Acquaintance) on: Jan 01, 2023

  • So sorry to hear of Elaine’s passing. Always loved watching her at our performances as she responded with such delight. A real shining light! - Posted by: lorraine kovachik (Sisters of the holy rock ) on: Jan 01, 2023

  • Elaine was a childhood friend to the Brennan family. Remembered by all of us as a sweet fun loving pal.. Deepest sympathy to her family. - Posted by: Edith Brennan (Friend) on: Dec 31, 2022

  • Elaine was one of the most loving, caring people that I've ever met and Fun was her middle name. Elaine and I met through our work supporting adults with developmental disabilities. Her work was her calling. As a Director, she was dedicated to the individuals she supported and to the staff she supervised. Each person was valued and respected. As a caring professional, she assisted each person with setting goals that resulted in greater independence. All holidays and events were celebrated and often her sons, Ian, a professional singer and Vaugh, an artist, would come and entertain. As a friend, you could always count on Elaine to empathize and encourage during hard times and celebrate the good times. I take comfort knowing that Elaine is with the Lord and that we'll see her again one day and oh, the celebration! - Posted by: Judy Andrich (Friend) on: Dec 31, 2022

  • We are saddened to hear of Elaine's passing. Our deepest sympathy's to you and family during the days ahead. Our thoughts are with you at this time. - Posted by: John & Helen Vereschahen (Friends) on: Dec 31, 2022

  • Our condolences to the family, we remember Elaine as a fun loving person who was very proud of her family. - Posted by: Ed & Anne Klassen (Cousin ) on: Dec 31, 2022

  • Elaine was a brilliant shining star! No matter the situation she always looked to the bright side. I will always remember her fOr this. Hers is a very sad passing for me. - Posted by: Linda McDermid (Sister in law) on: Dec 31, 2022

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