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Obituaries

Obituaries

Willmer J. Friesen North Newton

Funeral service for Willmer J. Friesen, 91, North Newton, will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at First Mennonite Church in Newton, with the Rev. Anita Kehr officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton.
Mr. Friesen died Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, at Kidron Bethel Healthcare in North Newton.
He was born March 27, 1919, in DuBois, Idaho, the son of John and Katie Ensz Friesen.
Mr. Friesen retired from potato farming in Idaho. He held memberships at the First Mennonite Churches in Aberdeen, Idaho, and Newton. Mr. Friesen was also a member of the Gideons International. He enjoyed singing and spending time with family and friends.
He married Laura Tieszen on March 7, 1975, in Billings, Mont. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include a son, Dale and his wife Connie, Lawrence; a daughter, Margie Chartrand, Omaha, Neb.; two sisters, Margaret Tieszen, Caldwell, Idaho, and Ruby Friesen, Mount Angel, Ore.; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Ellen Wedel Friesen, and four brothers, Elmer, Waldo, Edwin and Orlando.
Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton, with the family receiving friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The family suggests memorials to Kidron-Bethel, Gideons International, First Mennonite Church of Aberdeen, Idaho, or First Mennonite Church Newton, sent in care of Petersen Funeral Home, 215 N. Main St., Newton, KS 67114.