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Abram Friesen

Abram William Friesen

Thursday, February 6th, 1936 - Tuesday, December 8th, 2020
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Obituary

ABRAM W. FRIESEN
February 6, 1936 – December 8, 2020
“Precious in the sight of the LORD, is the death of HIS saints”. Psalm. 116: 15
Abe died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family. He was born to Nick & Helena Friesen in Kronsgard, MB. In 1950 his family moved to a farm near Elm Creek, MB and after completing High School, Abe attended Normal School. He began his teaching career at the Boyne School (near Carmen, MB) and then moved to Winnipeg. After completing his B.A. and B. Ed. @ U of M, he spent the next 30 years as a teacher, Vice-Principal and Principal, in the St. James- Assiniboia School Division. He was the Principal at both Bedson & Voyager Elementary Schools for 27 years before his retirement in 1992.
He married the love of his life – Marie (Penner) in 1962 and together they were blessed with having four children. Abe was a strong and faithful follower of JESUS CHRIST, serving HIM faithfully till the end of his life, in roles as a Deacon; Adult Sunday School Teacher; Bible Study Leader and Congregational Leader. He was also active in the spiritual lives of his children and grandchildren – making sure they all understood the Gospel message.
Abe enjoyed competitive sports such as curling and golfing. During his retirement years, he spent time travelling to several overseas countries – Israel, Greece, Austria, Russia. He also spent six weeks in St. Petersburg, Russia, teaching English as a second language.
Abe is survived by his loving wife Marie and children: Cheryl (Bernie) Krause; Errick (Darcie) Friesen; Jennifer (Wilf) Regier; Russell (Shari) Friesen. Nine grandchildren – Karl (Kayla); Erin (Erik); Kathleen (Darius); Lauren; Leah; Alexandra (Michael); Ian; Joshua and Kristin, plus nine great-grandchildren. He is survived by his siblings: Dave (Margaret); Menno (Shirley); John (Mari); Margaret Janzen; Leonard; brother-in-law Don Melvin; and numerous nieces and nephews. Dad was predeceased by his parents; sister Susan Melvin; brother-in-law Alvin Janzen; sisters-in-law Doris Friesen and Francis Friesen.
Dad’s quiet presence and sense of humor will be sorely missed. He was a man of integrity, very loyal and deeply committed to his family and friends.
Psalm 17:15, “As for me, I will see YOUR face in righteousness; I will be satisfied when I awake in YOUR likeness”.
Due to COVID restrictions, a graveside funeral was held on December 11, 2020 at the Elm Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Union Gospel Mission; PO Box 1073 STN Main, Winnipeg, MB. R3C 2X4.
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  • Interment

    Friday, December 11th, 2020 | 1:30pm
    When
    Friday, December 11th, 2020 1:30pm
    Location
    Elm Creek Cemetery
    Address
    Address Not Available
    ELM CREEK, MB R0G 0N0
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Peter J Dyck

Posted at 06:49pm
Dear Marie and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve and celebrate the good man we all knew My thoughts and prayers are with yo

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Vic & Lucille Mollot

Posted at 08:55pm
Dear Marie and family,
We have many memories of Abe as colleagues in the St James Assiniboia School Division and also as neighbors living across the street. We always enjoyed his company both as a colleague where he showed kindness and dedication and as a friend who enjoyed a good time. Truly, Abe made the world a better place. We send a hug of support to you Marie with our condolences. Vic & Lucille Mollot
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Ron & Marilyn Sigurdson

Posted at 12:29pm
Marilyn and I would like to extend our sincere condolences to Marie and family on the passing of Abe. As friends and teaching
colleagues of Abe in the St. James Assiniboia School Division we always enjoyed Abe's friendly manner and great sense of humour.
Abe will be sorely missed by his family and many friends.
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Jake & Erna (Wiebe) Unrau

Posted at 10:03am
Our sincere sympathy to you, Marie and family . May God grant you peace even in these trying times.
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Andrea Miller

Posted at 05:17pm
Auntie Marie, Cheryl, Errick, Jennifer, & Russell and families. Our deepest condolences on the passing of uncle Abe. Errick I'm so glad you brought uncle Abe out to my farm a couple years ago. You all are in our hearts & prayers.
Andrea, Graham, Carter, Ian, & Marae
 
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Joanne Zoppa Posted at 04:29pm

Auntie Marie, Cheryl, Errick, Jennifer, Russell and your families- so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers. Ken,Joanne, Nick, Lauren,Julianne
 
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Laurel Hildebrandt Posted at 01:31am

We are so sorry for the loss of a great man! He was a great uncle and I will always think of him with the bit of sparkle in his blue eyes. As I shared on the Friesen Facebook page, just a few memories that come to mind and bring a smile to my face. When I officiated my first wedding in Winnipeg and stayed with uncle Abe and auntie Marie, uncle Abe was my chauffeur. As he was driving me to officiate he looked at me, kept driving and said “you’re going to do great”. His confidence in me really helped! I also got to stay with uncle Abe and Auntie Marie during a choir tour way back when I was in Bible school. Uncle Abe brought me and my friend to the gym where there was gymnastics equipment set up and we had a lot of fun doing gymnastics. Uncle Abe will be greatly missed! Much love and prayers to you auntie Marie and Cheryl, Erick, Jennifer and Russell and all of your families. You are well loved and I am praying for comfort and peace over you all as you absorb this shattering loss. Love Laurel, Donovan and Joshua Hildebrandt
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