Obituary for Helen Friesen (Goertzen)
Helen Friesen (nee Goertzen), of Notre Dame de Lourdes, MB formerly of Holland, MB, passed away on Friday, May 29, 2015, at the Foyer Notre Dame in Notre Dame de Lourdes, MB at the age of 104 years.
Helen immigrated to Canada from the Ukraine in 1927 at the age of sixteen, with her family including three sisters and four brothers. She married Jack Friesen in 1940 and they had 3 children.
Left to mourn Helen’s passing are her daughters Marlies Friesen of Holland, MB and Terry Preston of Bellingham, WA, son Norm (Myrna) Friesen of Sidney, BC, foster son Frankie Nielands of Holland, MB, grandchildren Marni (Mike), Joel, Vicki (David) and Pamela (Wayne), great-grandchildren Nikki, Shane and Katie (Yohn) and great-great grandchildren Madison, Sebastian, Leland and Hazel. Also left to mourn Helen’s passing are her brother Jack (Stephanie) Goertzen and sister-in-law Dorothy Goertzen, as well as numerous nieces &nephews.
Helen was predeceased by her husband Jack Friesen in 1984, her parents Frank & Nettie (nee Kasper) Goertzen , sisters Nettie (Jack), Betty (Art) and Kay (Griff) and brothers Henry (Ellie), Frank and Bill.
A private family service will be held at a later date.
If friends so desire, donations may be made in Helen’s memory to the Notre Dame Health Foundation (Foyer Notre Dame), Box 190 Notre Dame de Lourdes, MB R0G 1M0.