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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. 

Thank you for visiting, and feel free to visit this site often to read the latest journal entries, visit the photo gallery, and write us a note in our guestbook.


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.   


Kelvin Friesen posted a new journal entry, "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.  ... Read more

Annette Brown signed Jane's Guestbook.

Continuing to lift prayers for you Kel, Kate and Kim, as you move through days of joy and then challenging moments. May the positive memories and witness of Jane's endless ... Read more

lisa raabe signed Jane's Guestbook.

i want to thank you for welcoming me into your home and meeting your amazing and wonderful luving family...  you will be miss.....god bless ... Read more

Sarah Bontrager signed Jane's Guestbook.

We were deeply touched at the Memorial service today for Jane...WOW! She was a remarkable woman who allowed herself to be used for the Kingdom of God. May the seeds she ... Read more

Vern Heacock signed Jane's Guestbook.

Kel May God strengthen you and bring you peace in the days ahead.  I am sure that Jane's legacy will go on and be an encouragement to many others.  Vern & Diane ... Read more

Tom and Gretchen Olson signed Jane's Guestbook.

Kel, Kim and Kate, Our prayers are with each of you during this time of sorrow. My grandmother, Alma (Wiebe) Linsenmeyer, was a sister to Dorothy Friesen. The Friesen ... Read more

Dee Kaufman-Riley signed Jane's Guestbook.

I will cherish my memories of Jane in High School. Also our Youth Group and First Mennonite Church in Hutchinson, Ks. We had a blast every summer at Camp Mennoscah. What ... Read more

Kathy Swartzentruber signed Jane's Guestbook.

Kel, Kim, Kate, My heart aches for you during this extreme painful time. My prayers are with you day and night, as I wake up at night, and you come to mind. We pray for ... Read more

steve conrad signed Jane's Guestbook.

Dear Kelvin and family, I'm grieving with you at this loss of precious Jane.  My prayers have been and will continue to be with you.  I know Jane is now smiling and ... Read more

Monica Janzen signed Jane's Guestbook.

Kel, Kim & Kate -- My thoughts and prayers with you. I have so many fond memories of Jane. May you feel God's love and peace during this time. Read more

Ron Ringenberg signed Jane's Guestbook.

Kel, Kim & Kate - today after chapel, we gathered outside and heard the bell toll 55 times marking Jane's time with us and her passing.  We spoke words of what we ... Read more

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