OBITUARY: Carol Mae (Heinrichs) Friesen


HESSTON Carol Mae (Heinrichs) Friesen, 89, passed away on Sept. 18, 2021.

She was born on March 6, 1932, to Peter E. and Lillie (Boese) Heinrichs. She grew up south of Canton and graduated from Goessel High School in 1950.

After Tabor College, she married Walter S. Friesen (Meade) on Sept. 5, 1953. They parented three children and lived in many locations in support of Walter’s education and career in education and ministry, retiring in the Newton area.

Carol’s passions were music and nature. She sang in numerous community choirs, duets, trios and quartets, and was an expressive pianist and accompanist. She and Walter sang duets at many weddings. Carol enjoyed travel, especially in nature. She gardened at each home and made an art form of arranging pressed flower cards. Carol was deeply spiritual and trusted her Creator. Her resourcefulness and creativity led to a rich life.

She is survived by husband, Walter; children, Randal and Mary Helen (Hayes) Friesen, Denver, Nancy Friesen and Stewart Gehring, Chicago, Jenny and John Fast, Goessel; grandchildren Peter Friesen and Katrina Eyster, Stephanie Friesen, Dorian Gehring and Sima Cunningham, Karlyn Gehring, Evan and Kelli Fast, and Isaac Fast; great-grandchildren Elias and Emilia Fast; sisters-in-law Bonnie (Lowell) Heinrichs and Mary (Alfred) Friesen; and many nieces/nephews.  Preceding her in death were her parents, siblings Wanda Harms and Lowell Heinrichs, and many brothers/sisters-in-law.

Carol was a member of Whitestone Mennonite Church. A full obituary and future memorial service date will be at In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to the Good Samaritan Caring Fund at Schowalter Villa, 200 W. Cedar, Hesston, Kan., 67062.



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