LeOra Friesen - September 05, 2013LeOra Friesen, 82, of Henderson, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at her home on the farm.
Graveside services will be held at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at the Bethesda Cemetery, Henderson. Memorial services will follow at 11 a.m. at the Bethesda Mennonite Church in Henderson. Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at Metz Mortuary in Henderson. The family will be present to greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday evening.
Memorials may be directed to Back to the Bible. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.metzmortuary.com.
LeOra was born Feb. 9, 1931, on a farm near Henderson to Aaron and Margaret (Friesen) Siebert. The cornerstones of her life were faith, her beloved husband John, family, and work.
Growing up on the farm, LeOra learned to work at an early age. She fondly recalled helping her father milk cows and separate cream twice each day. She loved the growing season and watching the crops mature. LeOra was 10 years old when drought caused them to move from Henderson to Luton, Iowa, where they farmed for four years before returning to a farm near Lushton. When her husband John, lost his hand in a farm accident, she became his right hand, working beside him every day. Together they made a wonderful team. She continued to keep busy after John passed away in March. She helped haul out irrigation pipe and had recently applied for and started a job with Home Instead Senior Care. She could be found riding her bicycle, driving the 4-wheeler, and taking drives in her car.
John and LeOra were united in marriage on Sept. 5, 1950. They were the parents of five children: Allen, Karen, April, Wesley, and Linda and were later blessed with six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Their devotion to one another was always evident. LeOra passed away on their wedding anniversary, writing in her journal that morning, “Happy 63rd anniversary. I miss you honey!”
Faith in Jesus was a vital part of her life. She accepted Christ at a tent revival meeting at the age of 7. She was baptized in 1948 and was a life-long member of Bethesda Mennonite Church. She was active in mission circle and together with John, LeOra enjoyed many years of teaching Sunday night CE, Sunday School, and midweek classes. John and LeOra shared evening devotions daily and together they read through the Bible several times.
LeOra was preceded in death by husband, John; son, Allen; daughter, April; parents; brothers, Wilmer and Arlin Siebert; sister, Rachel Kliewer; brothers-in-law, George Kroeker, Albert Kliewer, Abraham, Walter, David, Herman and Herb Friesen; sisters-in-law, Margie Siebert, Matilda and Nettie Friesen and Esther Kroeker.
Survivors include her son, Wesley (Leta) Friesen of Polk; daughters, Karen (John) Martens of Henderson and Linda Graham of Lincoln; grandchildren, Marie (Patrick) Garmoe of Duluth, Minn., Kiley (Ryan) Carman of Wiesbaden, Germany, Ashley (Justin) Ervin of Brooklyn, N.Y., Grant Friesen of Polk, Madison Graham of Lincoln and Abigail Graham of Omaha; great-grandson, August Graham of Lincoln; sisters-in-law, Janice Siebert, Marie Epp, Norma Friesen, Lorene Friesen, and Estaleen Quiring, all of Henderson; nieces, nephews, and many friends.
LeOra’s example of simple faith, love of family, and hard work has been a blessing to her children, grandchildren and many others. God is good. Praise his name!