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With deepest sadness and heavy hearts we announce the passing of Gertrude Anne Friesen, at the age of 92, who passed away at the Dryden Regional Health Centre with family by her side after a brief illness.
Gerty was predeceased by her husband, Isaak Friesen and siblings (Henry, Trinchen, Martha, Freda, Arnold, Dora, and Irene). She is survived by her one remaining sibling, Agnes Felske (Don) of Dryden, ON.
Gerty will be forever remembered by her son, Vernon Friesen (Irene) from Grand Forks, B.C., daughters Irene Wehrstedt (John) of Eagle River, ON., and Leona Ralph (Norman) of Narol, MB.; grandchildren Jay Wehrstedt (Carmen), Kathy Aho (Bill), Melodie Ralph (Vic), Sean Ralph (Kim), Connie Fleuty (Rob), Greg Friesen (Christine), Meri-jo Moran; great-grandchildren Johann and Caj Wehrstedt, Michael Wehrstedt, Samantha and Mackenzie Aho, Alyssa, Dylan and Hope Friesen, Ethan and Tyler Whitbread, Tyler, Steven and Natalie Moran, Desinee Ralph (Scott), Cassie Asham (Dustin), Zoe Herman, Kacy and Nicholas Matos, and Tiana Ralph-Matos; and great-great grandchildren Lucas Lupton, Milo Allison, Bentley Friesen, Autumn O’Leary, Declan Whitbread and numerous other family members. She was predeceased by her grandson Lance and great-grandson Lance Jr. Wehrstedt.
Gerty was born and raised in Vermilion Bay. She temporarily relocated to Dryden to complete her secondary education before returning to Vermilion Bay where she clerked and served gas at the local Co-op. She married Isaak shortly after he came to work for her father on the family farm, where they continued to live for many years before moving to Dryden in 1958. Gerty remained living in Dryden for the past 55 years. She also worked and retired from Bell where she worked as a telephone operator.
Gerty endured and enjoyed many things during her long life. She was a breast cancer and stroke survivor. She enjoyed travelling, reading, knitting, cooking, playing cards, berry picking, fishing and working in the garden. Gerty often made sweaters, mitts, hats, quilts and doll clothes for her grandchildren and the Church. Her home was open to many throughout her life and she was always ready and willing to help those who needed it. She especially took pleasure in spending time with her family and attending large family gatherings. Gerty was a devout Christian and a member of Our Saviour Lutheran Church for most of her life. The Church was an important aspect to Gerty’s life and she took great satisfaction and comfort from her active involvement in the various activities and groups she was involved with.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the Staff at the Dryden District Regional Health Centre, to Dr. Yvon Gagnon, to Pastor Woods of the Our Saviour Lutheran Church and to Bob Stevens at the Stevens Funeral Home for their care of our beloved family member, for their patience, and for the respect, care and compassion that they extended to Gerty and the family during this difficult time.
Funeral Services was held Saturday, May 24 at 1:00 p.m. in Our Saviour Lutheran Church with Pastor James Wood officiating. Interment followed in Waldhof Cemetery. Visitation took place Friday, May 23 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. in the Moffat Chapel of Stevens Funeral Home.
If friends desire donations may be made to Our Saviour Lutheran Church or the Northern Cancer Research Foundation through the Stevens Funeral Homes P.O. Box 412, Dryden ON P8N 2Z1. Condolences may be posted at www. stevensfuneralhomes.ca.