I, Agatha Friesen, nee Wiens, was born September 19, 1867, at Blumstein,
South Russia, where I received my education. In 1880 my parents migrated to
Asia by horse and wagon. This took from August 1 till December 2. I lost through
death on this trip, my father and two brothers, when I was 13 years old. Mother,
with seven children migrated to America in 1885. We arrived at our uncle's
at Buhler, Kansas. I was converted, and baptized upon my faith May 22, 1887,
by Brother A. Schellenberg, at Buhler, Kansas. I have had much joy in fellowship
with the Lord. I have often' received visible answers to my prayers. I can
say that the Lord was my strength. I was married to John Friesen March 10,
1889. Nine children were born; two of these have preceded into eternity. It
is my joy to know that all my children have been converted.
Thus far Mrs. Friesen has written her own life's history. We, the living, add the following record:
After their arrival in the United States, the mother of Mrs. Friesen married
John Hooge, Buhler, Kansas.
Immediately following their marriage, the Friesens made their home on a farm near Henderson, Nebraska, where they spent many years of hard toil. In 1921 they retired to the city of Henderson.
It was the privelege of the Friesens to observe their sixtieth Wedding Anniversary in March 1949. The passing of the deceased brings to a close 68 years of married life.
Throughout her life Mrs. Friesen was a hard toiler, and even after her strength diminished she continued handwork as long as possible. She manifested great love for her family and friends, who also remember her for the many songs which she sang in testimony to her living faith.
A few years ago her illness, which gradually increased in intensity, necessitated her removal to Philadelphia Rest and Nursing Home, Aurora, Nebraska. She was a highly-esteemed patient, and received most gratefully the excellent care given her by the outstanding management and devoted staff of the institution. The personnel of the Home are witness to Mrs. Friesen's Christian life, which in times of joy was expressed in song, and in times of discouragement in audible, fervent prayers.
In the past weeks Mrs. Friesen became exceedingly weak, and July 15, 9:30 A.M. the passed away very peacefully at the age of 89 years, nine months, and 27 days.
Preceded in death were: her father and mother; five brothers; four sisters; two daughters; Nettle in 1909 at the age of two, and Mary in 1926 at the age of 21; and five of her 23 grandchildren.
Left to mourn her departure are: her husband, John P. Friesen; two sons, John L. Friesen of Enid Oklahoma, and Herman L. Friesen of Henderson, Nebraska; five daughters;' Mrs. Agatha Buller, San Jose, California; Mrs. Elizabeth Boertzen, Henderson, Nebraska; Mrs. Anna Brandt, Sam Antonio, Texas; Mrs. Tina Brandt, Chicago, Illinois, and Mrs. Helen Austin, Midland, Michigan; 18 grandchildren; 29 great-grand-children; one great-great-grand-child; and one sister, Mrs. Margaret Riffel, Buhler, Kansas.