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Jane’s Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge website. In response to many inquiries, we've created it to keep friends and family updated about Jane's current health issue. 

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Jane was diagnosed with breast cancer back in 1996. At that time, she had a lumpectomy followed by radiation, and since then has been cancer free.

Jane is in her last year of a three year MDiv program at AMBS (Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries).  Toward the beginning of the month of December, Jane began experiencing a cough and tiredness, and shortness of breath.  She saw her doctor in Toledo and her doctor ordered some tests.  Those tests led to a liver biopsy on December 23, 2009 which showed several issues with her liver, an enlarged liver, elevated liver enzymes and lesions on the liver.  Because of the enlarged liver Jane had shortness of breath and pain when breathing, and a persistent cough.  The week between Christmas and New Years was spent waiting for the pathology report to come back so the doctors could figure out what to treat. 

On January 4th, 2010, Jane was admitted to Toledo Hospital and began a series of tests to rule out problems in various areas of her body.  Toward mid week, the pathology report came back from Cleveland Clinic and it was determined that Jane has a type of breast cancer, which is also in her liver.    The doctors have determined that this cancer is a different one than the cancer she had in 1996.   

Latest Journal Update

Jane Elizabeth Friesen 1956 - 2012

Jane Elizabeth Friesen, age 55 of Archbold, OH, passed on
surrounded by her family on Sunday, April 22, 2012 after a two and a half year struggle
with breast cancer.  Jane was born in
Hutchinson, KS on June 16,1956, the fourth daughter of Abe K. and Dorothy M. (Wiebe)

Jane was a graduate of Bethel College, North Newton, KS with
a Bachelor of Social Work and just recently completed her Masters of Divinity
(MDiv) from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) in Elkhart, IN. 

Jane married Kelvin Friesen in Hutchinson, KS on May 26,
1979.  During their 33 years of marriage,
they lived and worked in Denver CO, Arlington Hts  IL, Toledo OH, and finally Archbold OH.   In
Denver, Jane worked as a receptionist for Fortner Hauber CPA while Kel worked
for Hickory Farms, Inc.  When Kel’s work
with Hickory Farms took them to Arlington Hts, IL, Jane worked for Mennonite
World Conference as a program director; planning and travelling to various
Mennonite conventions throughout the world. 
Daughter Kim was born in Arlington Hts. in 1988.  In 1989 Kel’s transition to Hickory Farms
headquarters took them to Toledo, OH. 
Here, Kate was born in 1992.  Jane
thoroughly enjoyed being a full time mother to the girls.  She actively volunteered at Toledo Mennonite
Church and in various activities involving Kim and Kate.  When Kel accepted a position with Sauder
Manufacturing Co., the family moved to Archbold, OH in 1999.  Jane was a substitute teacher in the Archbold
school system and continued to be active in the lives of her daughters.  During this time Jane began taking classes
toward an MDiv at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, IN.  At the time of her death, she was actively
involved in her life calling as member of the pastoral team at Zion Mennonite
Church in Archbold, OH.   She was an
excellent cook, and loved entertaining. Other activities she enjoyed were
gardening, music and singing.   She loved
traveling with her family and friends.  In
all of these locations, Jane’s beautiful smile, her warm personality and her
love of people endeared her to those she met throughout her life.

Preceded in death by her parents Abe K. and Dorothy M. Friesen
of Hutchinson, KS, Jane is survived by her husband, Kelvin, daughters Kimberly
(Kim) and Kathryn (Kate), and sisters Judy Williams and husband Tim, Spokane,
WA, Karen Franz and husband Rod, Manhattan, KS, and Arlene Schmidt and husband
Wilbur, Newton, KS.  She is also survived
by two nephews and five nieces and their families.  Jane will also be greatly missed by Kelvin’s
parents, (Paul and Wilma Friesen), of Hesston KS, his three brothers, two
sisters, six nephews and four nieces. 

Visitation will be Friday, April 27, 2012 at Zion Mennonite
Church in Archbold, OH from 2pm to 4pm and from 6pm to 8pm.   A celebration of Jane’s life will be held Saturday,
April 28, 2012, at Zion Mennonite Church starting at 2pm.  An interment will follow at Lockport

Jane’s family would like to thank her doctors, nurses, medical teams, Hospice
of Williams County, Zion Mennonite Church and many friends and neighbors for
their wonderful care during the last few years.   Memorials can be given in Jane’s honor to
Fish Food Pantry in Archbold, OH or to Camp Little Eden, Onekama, MI.  Grisier Funeral Home in Archbold has been
entrusted with arrangements.  Online
condolences may be offered to the family at