Cecilia M. Friesen


Cecilia M. Friesen, age 84, of Faribault, MN, passed away Sunday, January 6, 2019, at Oak Hill Assisted Living in Grand Rapids, MN.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, January 11, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. at the Divine Mercy Catholic Church, 139 Mercy Drive, Faribault. Interment will be at the St. Lawrence Cemetery in Faribault.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 2:00 3:30 p.m. at the church.

Arrangements are with the Parker Kohl Funeral Home of Faribault.

Cecilia Margaret Friesen, the daughter of Michael and Mary (Purfeerst) Karp, was born on April 24, 1934 in Faribault, MN. She graduated from Bethlehem Academy with the class of 1952. She was united in marriage to Gerald (Jerry) Friesen on May 15, 1954 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Faribault.

Ceil lived life by example, she valued lifelong learning and cherished all forms of artistic pursuit. She was selfless and generous, always placing others needs above her own.

As a graduate of St. Marys School of Practical Nursing, Rochester, MN, she worked as a LPN for over 50 years working primarily at Immanuel St Josephs Hospital in Mankato, MN. After moving back to Faribault, she worked at District One Hospital and at the In town Assisted Living. An entrepreneur and business woman, she also worked as a real estate agent and property manager. Along with her husband Jerry, they owned and operated Second Inning, a second-hand sports shop and Hollow Oak Used Bookstore.

She is survived by her children, Rhonda (Tony) Meyer of Northfield, MN, Denise Friesen (Steve Gahm) of Mankato, Keith (Pam) Friesen of Grand Rapids, Kevin (Terri) Friesen of Grand Rapids, and Christine (Tim) Caron of Faribault; her grandchildren, Nick (Laura) Meyer, Andy (Erin) Meyer, Peter (Lauren) Meyer, Catie (Mike) Brady, Lea (Stephen Sebestyen ) Friesen, Stacy (Garrett) Holl, Sam (Alli) Friesen, Hannah Friesen, Natalie Friesen, Jacob Caron, Zachary Caron, and Cole Caron; her great grandchildren, Alex, Sam, and Ben Meyer, William and Anna Meyer, Cullen Brady, James and Franklin Gutoski, Christopher and Charlotte Sebestyen Friesen, and Katherine, Theodore, and Maya Holl; her brothers, Richard and Mike Karp and sisters, Catherine Mino and Mary Lou Pluemer; sisters-in-law, Carol Karp and Shirley Karp; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years Jerry Friesen; her parents, Mary and Michael Karp; brothers-in-law, Bill Friesen and Roger Friesen; sister-in-law, Jeanette ONeil; mother and father-in-law, Rose and Ed Friesen; sisters-in-law, Margaret Friesen, Sharon Friesen, and Mary Friesen; and brothers-in-law, Jim ONeil, Les Mino, and Bob Pluemer.

For online tributes and further information, please visit www.ParkerKohlFuneralHome.com
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