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Friesen, Katie Ensz (1884-1967)

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Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 1967 May 25 p. 12

Birth date: 1884 Sep 13

text of obituary:


Katie Ensz Friesen was born to Anna Bergman Ensz and Henry Ensz on Sept. 13, 1884 at Whitewater, Kan.

Her mother died when she was ten years old and her father died when she was 16. She received her formal education in a rural school near Hillsboro, Kan.

She was baptized at the age of 16, on Pentecost, in the Bruderthal Church by Rev. William Ewert.

In 1906 she was married to John H. Friesen. They farmed south of Lehigh, Kan. until 1913. In the same year they moved to Dubois, Idaho where they took up a homestead and lived for about six years under the hardships of pioneer life. In 1919 they moved to a farm north of American Falls, Idaho where they lived for 27 years. In 1946 they retired from farming and moved to Aberdeen.

Mother Friesen was an active member of the First Mennonite Church. Her devotion to the church and her love for her Saviour and Lord were ever evident. She was active in the Women's Missionary Society, and maintained a deep interest in missions.

She and her husband had the privilege of celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary in October 1966.

She died during the early hours of May 4, 1967, at the age of 92 years. Left to mourn her passing are her husband, and the children, Waldo, Verna (Mrs. August Huse), Willmer and Edwin of American Falls, Elma (Mrs. Marvin Linschied) and Margaret (Mrs. LaVern Tieszen) of Aberdeen, Ruby of Salem, Oregon and Dr. Orlando Friesen of Buhler Kan.; 18 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary (Mrs. David Schmidt) of Aberdeen and Mrs. Anna Friesen and John H. Ensz of Reedley, Calif. — The Family.

The Mennonite obituary: 1967 May 23 p. 345

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