Agnes was born on September 3, 1920, in the village of Tiege in Sagradovka, Ukraine to Abram and Anna Wiens. The family came to Canada in 1925 when Agnes was nearly five years old. They settled first in Hamburg, Ontario, then moved to a farm in Manitoba two years later. The family attended the Mennonite Brethern Church in Steinbach, Manitoba. Agnes was baptized and became a member of that church when she was in her teens. In her late teens a family friend encouraged Agnes to go to Winnipeg to begin training as a nurse. This training was interrupted when the family moved to British Columbia in 1942, but she later resumed hospital work, ending her career as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Abbotsford.
Agnes married John Friesen on her birthday in 1983. She and John lived in Abbotsford until his death on November 2, 2001. John had been in the Menno Hospital due to a series of strokes that left him virtually helpless and Agnes moved to the Menno Terrace so she could visit him daily and assist him with his meals. She remained in that residence until her own death on April 15, 2006.
Agnes Friesen is survived by her step-daughter; Lidia Tchourilov and her husband and their children and grandchildren. As well she is survived by her late husband’s stepson, Heinrich Wallman and his wife and their children and grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother John Wiens and his family and by her sister-in-law; Mary Wiens and her family.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2006 between 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 2310 Clearbrook Rd., Abbotsford. A graveside service will be held on Friday, April 21, 2006 at 9:30 am from Maclure Road Cemetery, followed by a Memorial Service at 11:00 am from Clearbrook MB Church, 2719 Clearbrook Rd., Abbotsford.
Woodlawn Funeral Home