Elma Friesen (nee Klassen)

  • Elma Friesen (nee Klassen)
  • Born: March 18, 1929
  • Date of Passing: November 28, 2018


Mom passed away at Bethesda Place Personal Care Home in Steinbach, MB, on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 2:46 a.m. She was 89 years old. After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, she had only a short time left with loved ones before she slipped away.

Elma was predeceased by her husband, John P. Friesen on September 16, 2000; her son Theodore Brian on February 27, 1977; son-in-law Gerald Lachance on June 13, 2018; and granddaughter Sharon in 1982; her parents Isaac & Mary Klassen, brothers Levi & Willie, and numerous friends are also in heaven.

Elma is survived by three brothers: Jake, Melvin, and Tom Klassen; sister Helen Wiebe; five children: Darlene, Larry (Theresa), Gail (Doug), Sheila, Wesley (Karen); 19 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Mom was the last surviving member of the aunts and uncles on the Martin K. Friesen side of the family.

The funeral service will be held on Monday, December 10, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, MB, with viewing prior to the service. The burial will follow at Heritage Cemetery, Steinbach, MB.

If friends so desire, donations in memory of Elma may be made to Teen Challenge, 414 Edmonton St.; Winnipeg, MB R3B 9Z9.

Funeral Details

Funeral Service

  • Birchwood Funeral Chapel
  • 162 Highway 52 W, Steinbach
  • Directions: (Google Map)
  • December 10, 2018 - 1:00 pm


  • Heritage Cemetery
  • Loewen Boulevard, Steinbach
  • Directions: (Google Map)