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May Friesen

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March 20, 1950 – January 11, 2024

With heavy hearts, we announce the sudden passing of May Friesen on January 11 at home at the age of 73. 

May is survived by her husband of 43 years Walter; her children Neil (Kim), Karl a (Jim); Grandchildren Kyra, Kalyn, Karissa, Diamond, Roger, Linden, Riley, and Dexter; siblings Henry (Bev), Dave (Darlene), Margaret, Ed (Linda); extended family and friends. May was predeceased by her parents John and Catherine Bjorklund and brother-in-law Jerry Toews.

May was the youngest of 5 children raised in Matachawan, Ontario. When she was 8 years old, they moved to Clandeboye, Manitoba on a dairy farm for a couple of years then moved to Winnipeg on Talbot until the family and house was moved to Union Ave. She attended Lord Selkirk School and Elmwood High but did not receive her diploma until she completed her GED in 1979 while raising her 2 young children.

In July 11, 1982, May and Walter were married. In 1985 they moved into their forever home in Transcona. Due to health issues, her Dad John, moved in and May was his caregiver until his passing in 1987.

May worked at Canad Inns, Woolco for a few short years as well as Sears for a short time. She was mainly a homemaker and caregiver.

May always enjoyed crafting, sewing, and crocheting. She enjoyed her sudoku and crosswords and she loved playing cards, having coffee and conversation with others, often lending her ears and wisdom along with big hugs and many laughs. She loved family and friends, but she truly doted on her Grandchildren. Always writing chain letters, going on shopping dates, and plenty of love and affection with bonus rewards for hard work in school with loonies.

May will be sadly missed. We’d like to extend a special thank you to Kimberly Bjorklund for being there with Walter when he needed help and guidance.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in May’s memory to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

A celebration of May’s life will be held at 11 am Monday January 22, 2024 at Abundant Life Baptist Church located at 1396 Plessis Road Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Special thank you to Amy Braun and staff at Ethical Death Care for your help with the cremation and celebration arrangements.

Special thank you to Brad Quiring and the Abundant Life family for support and prayers.


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Dorothy Pitt (the “other grandma”)

May 7, 2024 at 9:28 PM


I knew May as Neil’s Mom, Kim’s Mother in law & Kyra, Kaylyn & Karissa’s other Gramma . Her presence at Bjorklund/Pitt family gatherings for Birthdays & Christmas etc was always a bonus with her quick & hearty laugh. She was a fabulous hugger too.

My condolences to the whole family. Walter may you find comfort in family & friends.

Rosemary and Mario

May 7, 2024 at 9:23 PM

May was a wonderful person.  She always greeted us with a hug and a laugh.  She loved good humor and could enjoy the silliness in life.  May was kind, generous with her talents and a loving partner to my brother Walter.  We will miss her.  Thinking about the family at this sad time.


May 7, 2024 at 9:21 PM

RIP 🙏May Remembering the good times when her Uncle Johnny brought the family out to Caroline and Walt’s farm in Dugald!! Maureen Bjorklund (Carl) and family in White Rock BC send our condolences 💐 to her  family


May 7, 2024 at 9:21 PM

I will always remember all the card games we played together. She was always kind and generous.

Liz and Bill Cook

May 7, 2024 at 9:19 PM

Deepest sympathy to Karla Jim and family and all of May's family and Walter


May 7, 2024 at 9:18 PM

I will miss this beautiful lady mostly those amazing hugs! May was kind and giving and super talented. She had the best smile and loved her laugh.  And mostly I loved her because she loved my brother whole heartedly 


May 7, 2024 at 9:16 PM

If it wasn’t for your mom befriending my mom. My life could have turned out different. I will never forget the sleepovers and how her and Walter came to pick me up Halloween when I was scared. I’m thankful to her for everyday that I was able to be apart of the family. 

Hugs to you all.

Alex Dupont

May 7, 2024 at 9:13 PM

Neil, Kim, and family please accept my deepest condolences.

Paul Friesen

May 7, 2024 at 9:12 PM

@Al Friesen

Charles still sleeps with his Aunt May blanket every night. 

Thank you Aunt May.

Al Friesen

May 7, 2024 at 9:07 PM

I will always remember Mae for talent in knitting. As soon as she that there was a new addition to the family she would get busy making a baby blanket for the couple. Hard to know how many blankets she knitted.

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