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Corny Tiechroeb Friesen

Winnipeg, Manitoba

February 21, 2008 - May 13, 2024

Corny Tiechroeb Friesen Obituary

Corny was born to us, Jacob and Aganetha Friesen, on February 21, 2008 in Garden City, Kansas. We were grateful for our little son, and together with our daughter Justina, welcomed him with great joy. All seemed well, and we enjoyed our little family of four.


At the age of seven months, we noticed that Corny was not sitting like other children. We were concerned but thought he would learn. By his first birthday, we saw that something was definitely wrong. He showed no signs of learning to walk. When we returned to Bolivia, Corny became quite sick with very high fevers. The doctors told us that his weakness was caused by the high fevers, and we believed them. He was often very sick. When he began walking at the age of 1 year and 9 months, we were very excited. His walk was not normal though, and he never ran. We did not know what was wrong.


In 2017 when Corny was 9 years old, we moved to Canada, seeking medical help for our son. After seeing numerous doctors, he was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. We learned that Corny would never be well, would soon be unable to walk, and that he was not expected to live past his early twenties. That trip home from the doctor’s office is one we will never forget. We were in complete shock and disbelief, and had nothing to say to each other. On April 28, 2018, Corny called out “Mommy, I cannot walk anymore!” He was just over 10 years of age. He could still crawl for a while, and when the other children went out to play, Corny would watch them from the window and ask “Mommy, why can I not walk?” This was very difficult for a mother, and he and I have often cried ourselves to exhaustion together. Watching our son grow steadily weaker and weaker was unspeakably hard.


Corny never complained and was surprisingly content in spite of his circumstances. We are deeply grateful to the doctors and medical staff that cared for Corny, that finally helped us understand his illness, and assisted with helpful medical care and equipment for our home. The electric wheelchair changed his life from darkness to light, opening up many exciting opportunities for him. We will always treasure the trip to Niagara Falls, Great Wolf Lodge and Marineland made possible by Make-A-Wish Foundation last summer.


When not sick, Corny usually had a smile or a happy grin on his face. He liked tractors and motors, and loved riding along with his dad. In Bolivia it was on tractors, and in Canada it was travelling. He noticed the deer and familiar vehicles more quickly than the rest of us, and recognized roads we had driven on years before. As dad, I taught Corny to recognize the various vehicle makes. He caught on quickly, calling them out as we met them on the road. He loved to fish with his dad as long as he was able, and towards the end enjoyed reeling the line in when I cast it for him.


At first, Corny did not like attending school in Arborg and often cried because he did not want to go. He soon learned to love it though, and even wanted to go on Saturdays. He often mentioned his EA, Jenna. Thank you to the team at the Arborg school who cared for and taught our son.


Corny also enjoyed attending Sunday school, and would often sing the songs he learned at church. He usually sang in the morning while getting ready, as well as on the bus on the way to school. A big thank you to the IMF Church family and the community for all your love and support.


While he did not like going for medical appointments, he loved going for his birthday meals with just his parents. His favorite restaurant meal was pizza, and at Costco he always wanted a hot dog. Corny loved it when his dad grilled beef. Somehow he always knew when we had brought beef home, and he persistently asked for it until dad put it on the grill.

Like many children, Corny enjoyed a good squabble with his siblings. He did not like messy rooms and open doors, and always picked things up and closed doors that had been left open, even after it became difficult. When he could no longer do it himself, he demanded that his siblings do it, insisting until they complied. They also had a lot of fun together. He gave his younger siblings many a happy ride outside in a little wagon hitched behind his wheelchair. Whenever Justina went for a walk, Corny liked to go with her, and even in the coldest winter weather would ask her to go walking with him. He loved it when Erny pulled him around the yard with the quad, his wheelchair securely parked on the trailer hitched behind. Milton very devotedly provided and cared for his older brother, and was always the one Corny called on to bring him a glass of water or to run other errands he could not do for himself. Rebekka and Corny spent many happy hours cutting, pasting and coloring together at the kitchen table, though she did most of the actual work. She told him many stories, which he liked very much. When his youngest brother Steven was born, Corny took special delight in him, sitting and watching him for hours. Last week Wednesday he still gave Steven a ride on the little wagon behind his wheelchair, with all of us watching and enjoying the happy moment.


A week before last Christmas, Corny became ill again, and began coughing. By February, he was so sick that we took him to the Gimli emergency room. When the antibiotics did not improve his cough, we took him to see the doctor in Arborg. The stronger antibiotics he received gave immediate relief, but the cough persistently returned. He missed a lot of school. Eventually he was well enough to attend again, but when he returned home on Wednesday, May 8, we could see he was not well. His cough worsened, he lost his appetite, and his health deteriorated rapidly. By Sunday afternoon we could bear it no longer, and took him to the Gimli emergency room again, expecting him to be hospitalized. After examination, we were prescribed medication and sent home in disbelief. That night, he could no longer breathe when lying down, and had to remain in an upright position to be able to breathe. On Monday evening, having done the best we could for our son, and not being able to bear his breathless coughing and exhaustion any longer, we called the ambulance. As the ambulance left the yard for Gimli with Corny and his dad, I as mother surrendered him to the Lord, asking God that if he had suffered enough, He would take him home. Fifty-five minutes later Jacob called that Corny had passed away. His body, already weak from the deterioration of muscular dystrophy, could not continue battling the additional strep throat and pneumonia. At 10:25 pm on May 13, 2024, the monitors in the emergency room went blank and I, Jacob, knew that my son Corny’s suffering was over, and that he had passed into the loving arms of Jesus.


Corny leaves behind his grieving family: Parents Jacob and Aganetha Friesen, and siblings Justina, Erny, Milton, Rebekka and Steven.


We remember his favorite song “Jesus is Coming Soon”. We will miss hearing him sing this song in the mornings when getting up. His other favorite song was “Jesus Loves Me”.


Revelation 21:4 “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.”


1 Peter 5:10 “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”


We trust in the love and goodness of Jesus Christ our Saviour. We will dearly miss our son and brother, but we also praise God that his sufferings are over, and that he is finally at rest and free.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Corny Tiechroeb Friesen hosted by Friends Funeral Service.

Corny was born to us, Jacob and Aganetha Friesen, on February 21, 2008 in Garden City, Kansas. We were grateful for our little son, and together with our daughter Justina, welcomed him with great joy. All seemed well, and we enjoyed our little family of four.


At the age of seven months, we noticed that Corny was not sitting like other children. We were concerned but thought he would learn. By his first birthday, we saw that something was definitely wrong. He showed no signs of learning to walk. When we returned to Bolivia, Corny became quite sick with very high fevers. The doctors told us that his weakness was caused by the high fevers, and we believed them. He was often very sick. When he began walking at the age of 1 year and 9 months, we were very excited. His walk was not normal though, and he never ran. We did not know what was wrong.


In 2017 when Corny was 9 years old, we moved to Canada, seeking medical help for our son. After seeing numerous doctors, he was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. We learned that Corny would never be well, would soon be unable to walk, and that he was not expected to live past his early twenties. That trip home from the doctor’s office is one we will never forget. We were in complete shock and disbelief, and had nothing to say to each other. On April 28, 2018, Corny called out “Mommy, I cannot walk anymore!” He was just over 10 years of age. He could still crawl for a while, and when the other children went out to play, Corny would watch them from the window and ask “Mommy, why can I not walk?” This was very difficult for a mother, and he and I have often cried ourselves to exhaustion together. Watching our son grow steadily weaker and weaker was unspeakably hard.


Corny never complained and was surprisingly content in spite of his circumstances. We are deeply grateful to the doctors and medical staff that cared for Corny, that finally helped us understand his illness, and assisted with helpful medical care and equipment for our home. The electric wheelchair changed his life from darkness to light, opening up many exciting opportunities for him. We will always treasure the trip to Niagara Falls, Great Wolf Lodge and Marineland made possible by Make-A-Wish Foundation last summer.


When not sick, Corny usually had a smile or a happy grin on his face. He liked tractors and motors, and loved riding along with his dad. In Bolivia it was on tractors, and in Canada it was travelling. He noticed the deer and familiar vehicles more quickly than the rest of us, and recognized roads we had driven on years before. As dad, I taught Corny to recognize the various vehicle makes. He caught on quickly, calling them out as we met them on the road. He loved to fish with his dad as long as he was able, and towards the end enjoyed reeling the line in when I cast it for him.


At first, Corny did not like attending school in Arborg and often cried because he did not want to go. He soon learned to love it though, and even wanted to go on Saturdays. He often mentioned his EA, Jenna. Thank you to the team at the Arborg school who cared for and taught our son.


Corny also enjoyed attending Sunday school, and would often sing the songs he learned at church. He usually sang in the morning while getting ready, as well as on the bus on the way to school. A big thank you to the IMF Church family and the community for all your love and support.


While he did not like going for medical appointments, he loved going for his birthday meals with just his parents. His favorite restaurant meal was pizza, and at Costco he always wanted a hot dog. Corny loved it when his dad grilled beef. Somehow he always knew when we had brought beef home, and he persistently asked for it until dad put it on the grill.

Like many children, Corny enjoyed a good squabble with his siblings. He did not like messy rooms and open doors, and always picked things up and closed doors that had been left open, even after it became difficult. When he could no longer do it himself, he demanded that his siblings do it, insisting until they complied. They also had a lot of fun together. He gave his younger siblings many a happy ride outside in a little wagon hitched behind his wheelchair. Whenever Justina went for a walk, Corny liked to go with her, and even in the coldest winter weather would ask her to go walking with him. He loved it when Erny pulled him around the yard with the quad, his wheelchair securely parked on the trailer hitched behind. Milton very devotedly provided and cared for his older brother, and was always the one Corny called on to bring him a glass of water or to run other errands he could not do for himself. Rebekka and Corny spent many happy hours cutting, pasting and coloring together at the kitchen table, though she did most of the actual work. She told him many stories, which he liked very much. When his youngest brother Steven was born, Corny took special delight in him, sitting and watching him for hours. Last week Wednesday he still gave Steven a ride on the little wagon behind his wheelchair, with all of us watching and enjoying the happy moment.


A week before last Christmas, Corny became ill again, and began coughing. By February, he was so sick that we took him to the Gimli emergency room. When the antibiotics did not improve his cough, we took him to see the doctor in Arborg. The stronger antibiotics he received gave immediate relief, but the cough persistently returned. He missed a lot of school. Eventually he was well enough to attend again, but when he returned home on Wednesday, May 8, we could see he was not well. His cough worsened, he lost his appetite, and his health deteriorated rapidly. By Sunday afternoon we could bear it no longer, and took him to the Gimli emergency room again, expecting him to be hospitalized. After examination, we were prescribed medication and sent home in disbelief. That night, he could no longer breathe when lying down, and had to remain in an upright position to be able to breathe. On Monday evening, having done the best we could for our son, and not being able to bear his breathless coughing and exhaustion any longer, we called the ambulance. As the ambulance left the yard for Gimli with Corny and his dad, I as mother surrendered him to the Lord, asking God that if he had suffered enough, He would take him home. Fifty-five minutes later Jacob called that Corny had passed away. His body, already weak from the deterioration of muscular dystrophy, could not continue battling the additional strep throat and pneumonia. At 10:25 pm on May 13, 2024, the monitors in the emergency room went blank and I, Jacob, knew that my son Corny’s suffering was over, and that he had passed into the loving arms of Jesus.


Corny leaves behind his grieving family: Parents Jacob and Aganetha Friesen, and siblings Justina, Erny, Milton, Rebekka and Steven.


We remember his favorite song “Jesus is Coming Soon”. We will miss hearing him sing this song in the mornings when getting up. His other favorite song was “Jesus Loves Me”.


Revelation 21:4 “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.”


1 Peter 5:10 “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”


We trust in the love and goodness of Jesus Christ our Saviour. We will dearly miss our son and brother, but we also praise God that his sufferings are over, and that he is finally at rest and free.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Corny Tiechroeb Friesen hosted by Friends Funeral Service.

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