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Maynard Friesen

March 21, 2018


   Maynard Friesen was born on July 8, 1932 to Henry E. and Aganetha Penner Friesen at home in the Greenland area of Manitoba. He was called home the morning of March 20, 2018 at the Russell Health Centre, Russell, MB, reaching the age of 85 years.

   He grew up on the farm where he was born, being the third oldest of eight children. He lost a baby brother and remembered watching his Dad build a little coffin for him. In his early twenties he found employment with Albert Barkman at the new congregation near Whitemouth, MB. He soon purchased some land a few miles north of Elma.

   Dad gave his heart to the Lord at a young age. He was baptized on November 29, 1943 by Min. Harry Wenger, remaining faithful to the end.

   Maynard married me, Marcella Penner of Rosenort, MB on April 8, 1956, settling down near Elma. He liked to tell the story of how he spent the night on the road in a snowstorm on his way home from visiting me during our engagement. We enjoyed nearly sixty-two years together. Our home was blessed with four sons and two daughters.

   Dad believed in doing things decently and in order, and although he was very meticulous with his financial records, he was a thoughtful and generous man. In the fall of 1963, Dad was called to the deaconry, being ordained on December 16, 1963. He took his calling seriously, filling his office until retirement in 2014.

   Dad enjoyed the challenge of farming, being moderate in his pursuits. In the fall of 1979, we as a family pulled up stakes and made the move to Roblin, MB, residing there until his passing.

   Dad and Mom spent three years as missionaries in Manila, Philippines, and also a couple three month stints in Springdale, Newfoundland.

   Dad enjoyed good health most of his life. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma only a year ago, accepting the prognosis with courage. One of his concerns was leaving our mother behind. His and our prayers were answered as we noticed a peacefulness settling over him, even though he was in pain and discomfort.

   Dad was a lover of song, especially male voice singing. He also loved interacting with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. They benefited from the woodworking hobby he took up in his retirement years.

   Those left to cherish fond memories are his loving wife, Marcella, and children: Calvin and Julia, Judith and Barry James, Donita and Bradley Isaac, Roblin, MB, Lester and Hannah, Creston, BC, Rudy and Michelle, and Lynwood and Lynette, Roblin, MB; twenty-three grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren; four brothers: Earvey and Tina, Herbert and Leanna, Orville and Nina, Jesse and Henrietta, and one sister, Darlene Ensz; five brothers-in-law: Stanley and Lenora Penner, Harold and Ruth Penner, Roland and Doris Penner, Ed R. Penner, and Jac Isaac; six sisters-in-law: Frances Penner, Joyce Penner, Joanne Penner, Gladys and Sherwin Friesen, Helena and Glenn Schneider, and Stella Penner; and a host of extended family and friends. Preceeding him in death were his parents, one infant brother, one sister, three nieces, parents-in-law, two brothers-in-law, and five sisters-in-law.

   Funeral Service was held Sunday, March 25, 2018 from the Church Of God In Christ Mennonite, Roblin, Manitoba, with Minister Randy Bartel officiating.  Interment followed at the Church of God In Christ Cemetery.  To leave a note of condolence for the family, please visit

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