Obituaries: Isbrand Friesen by ProQuest

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Friesen was born in the village of Nikolaifeld in the Mennonite colony of Sagradowka, Ukraine. He was the sixth of seven children born to lsbrand and Helene Friesen. The happy childhood he shared with five older sisters and a younger brother on the family farm ended with the great famine of 1932-33. After completing the local elemen- tary school and the high school in the neighbouring village ofTiege, lsbrand studied engineering at the mining institute in Krivoy Rog. However, he had to return home due to finan- cial difficulties when the government stopped providing free education for all students. Because many teachers had been arrested, lsbrand obtained a position teaching mathematics and German in the high school. When the German army occupied Ukraine in 1941, lsbrand was pressed into service as an interpreter. He returned home in the spring of 1942 and worked in an office for several months. This led to an opportunity to further his studies at a university preparatory school in Koenigsberg, East Prussia.

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            Isbrand Friesen                                                  anniversary at a family reunion in cottage country. a year
            Feb. 18, 1921 - Jan. 17, 2009                                    later, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and grad-
                                                                             ually lost his ability to work with his hands. Despite his in-
            isbrand Friesen was born in the village of                       creasingly debilitating affliction, isbrand was able to live with
            nikolaifeld in the Mennonite colony of                           annie in their own home almost until the end. he finally had
            sagradowka, ukraine. he was the sixth of                         to be admitted into the hospital and passed away five days
            seven children born to isbrand and helene                        later, on Jan. 17, 2009, at the age of 87. We thank god that
            Friesen. The happy childhood he shared with five older sisters   his suffering has ceased and he is in a better place. isbrand
            and a younger brother on the family farm ended with the          is survived by annie, their four children and their spouses,
            great famine of 1932-33. after completing the local elemen-      and 11 grandchildren: Wally, irma, David and laura Friesen;
            tary school and the high school in the neighbouring village      hardy, ginny, sarah, Rachel, Peter and John Friesen; ingrid,
            of tiege, isbrand studied engineering at the mining institute    Rob, anna and Jacob tiessen; Doris, Joe, Joseph, Matthew
            in krivoy Rog. however, he had to return home due to finan-      and ella garrah. We mourn the loss of a wonderful husband,
            cial difficulties when the government stopped providing free     father and grandfather. he will be greatly missed.
            education for all students. Because many teachers had been
            arrested, isbrand obtained a position teaching mathematics
            and german in the high school. When the german army              Sylvester Funk
            occupied ukraine in 1941, isbrand was pressed into service       Feb. 5, 1917 - Feb. 5, 2009
            as an interpreter. he returned home in the spring of 1942
            and worked in an office for several months. This led to an       We, as a family, are deeply saddened to an-
            opportunity to further his studies at a university preparatory   nounce the passing of sylvester Funk on Feb.
            school in koenigsberg, east Prussia. in the summer of 1944,      5, at the age of 92. he passed away peacefully
            isbrand visited his parents and sisters, and saw them for the    at the Royal university hospital, saskatoon,
            last time: they were deported back to the soviet union at        with family by his side. syl was born on Feb. 5, 1917, to John
            the end of the war. isbrand was sent to the Russian front in     and Mary Funk on a farm close to Drake, sask. he attended
            hungary, where he was wounded in the arm in early 1945.          school in Drake through grade 11 and completed grade
            While convalescing in a military hospital, the advance of        12 at Rosthern Junior College. While at RJC, syl enjoyed an
            the Russian army forced him to flee westward until he was        active school year, including playing hockey for t
								
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