1964 ~ 2021
Corny Friesen went to be with the Lord suddenly on Monday January 18, 2021. He was 56 years old. Corny was well known and widely loved.
He left behind his beloved wife, Elizabeth; his daughter, Melissa and husband, Sheldon Krahn as well as their two children, Huntley and Deacon; his son, Michael and wife, Natasha Friesen and their two children, Leah and Karissa; his daughter, Kelsey and his daughter, Brittany. He also leaves behind 7 siblings and their families. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Susanna Friesen, two infant siblings and two brothers.
Corny Friesen was born March 6, 1964 in Durango, Mexico. After a few years of moving, they eventually made their home in southern Manitoba where Corny met Elizabeth. They married in Altona on July 14, 1985, and were married 35 years, 6 months and 4 days. They lived in Gretna for two years, followed by St. Malo for 2.5 years then landed in Rosetown where they found the home they would raise their children in. Dad worked for W. J. Siemens, a farming company, for nearly 30 years as they raised their children. In 2012, Dad moved on to full time trucking and they moved to a house in Winkler. In 2019, dad went to Germany for back surgery. He came back full of life and joy. He was finally able to work with virtually no pain and pick up and hold his grandchildren as often as he could. He played music for them, played toys with them and made sure that everyone else also felt loved and cared for. Dad was determined to work as hard as he could to provide for his family. He loved to work and loved to have mom with him on the road. When he came home, he always made sure to make time for as many people as he could. Dad loved to go for coffee and play games with all of his family and friends. Dad played music with ease. It was always by ear. Whether it was an organ, guitar, accordion, anything someone could hum, dad could play.
In the last few weeks and months of his life, he reached out to many people, family and friends to just let them know that he was thinking of them or to just say hi. He valued each and every relationship that he had and made sure that we all knew that he cared about us. He left us suddenly, without any warning. We grieve having lost such a great man yet rejoice that he went without suffering and now remains in the arms of Jesus.
We would like to thank all of our family and friends for all of the prayers, food, flowers, phone calls and messages and other support that you’ve given us. Thank you to pastor Kris and Johnathan for doing the service for us as well as the rest of the GMC staff for reaching out and extending so much support. Thank you to the EMS, Winkler Police and Boundary Trails ER staff for doing all that you could. Thank you to Choice Reality and staff at the scene for also doing as much that you could. Thank you to Wiebe Funeral Home as well for taking care of so much for us. A special thank you to Q-line for everything you’ve done for mom and dad over the years; Reg and Maynard, Dave Braun, Brock Girling as well as Shawna, dad’s dispatch, and all the other Q-line employees and drivers. We would also like to thank Q-line, all the convoy drivers and Danny and Bernie for all of your efforts in putting together the convoy tribute. We have been truly blessed by you all.
Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler
In care of arrangements