Frieda NEUFELD

Frieda Neufeld (Ratzlaff ) passed away Monday, August 24, 2015 in Chilliwack. She passed on her 91st birthday, at peace because of her faith in her personal Saviour. Frieda Funk was born in Russia, immigrated to Canada when she was barely one year old. The family settled first in Arnaud, Manitoba where she attended primary and secondary school and took some nurses training. After several financially difficult years, the family moved to the Fraser Valley in 1944 and settled in Rosedale. Frieda married Herman Ratzlaff in October, 1946 and shortly thereafter they moved to Alexander Rd. in East Chilliwack where they operated a small dairy farm, grew raspberries and corn and raised a family of five children — 4 boys and 1 girl. In 1986 Herman passed away due to cancer. Frieda remarried in 1991 to John Neufeld. They spent twenty-one years together until John passed away in November, 2012. Frieda was diagnosed with cancer shortly after John’s death and was able to live in her own place in Cottage Grove until a week before her passing. She very much enjoyed Cottage Grove having made a number of friends in the community. Church and Christian faith was an important part of Frieda’s life and she was a member of the same congregation her entire adult life. Her friends at Central Community church (previously East Chilliwack Mennonite Brethren) will remember her as an enthusiastic and long-time choir member, a Sunday School teacher and active in the prayer life of the church. Frieda leaves 5 children Ronald (Martha), Dave (Janet), Betty Wuensche (Ferd), Steve (Bev) and Victor (Miriam); 4 step-children Don Neufeld (Kae), Dorothy Hayden (Ron Hoffart), Dave Neufeld (Darlene) and Vicki Talbot (Matthew); 17 Ratzlaff grandchildren; 10 Neufeld grandchildren; 19 Ratzlaff great-grandchildren and 17 Neufeld great-grandchildren. A visitation will be held Sunday, August 30 from 7 to 8:30 pm at Woodlawn Mt. Cheam Funeral Home, 45865 Hocking Ave. Chilliwack, BC. There will be a Memorial Service held Monday, August 31, 2015 2:00 pm at Central Community Church, 46100 Chilliwack Central Rd, Chilliwack BC. Online condolences may be offered at www.woodlawn-mtcheam.ca Woodlawn Mt. Cheam Funeral Home 45865 Hocking Ave., Chilliwack BC V2P 1B5 604-793-4555


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