Friesen, Ted E. (1920-2016)

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Ted E. Friesen (1920-), an important lay leader in the Canadian Mennonite community, has lived in Altona, Manitoba from birth. In 1936 he entered the family business known in 1997 as D.W. Friesen & Sons, Ltd. The business began as a general store and post office, but emerged into a large printing and wholesale stationery firm that employed over 450 persons in 1997. From 1951-1986 Ted Friesen served as Secretary-Treasurer and Vice President of D.W. Friesen & Sons. He encouraged the firm to publish the Canadian Mennonite, the first Canadian inter-Mennonite English language paper in 1953. Friesen served on the Executive Committee of Mennonite Central Committee Canada from 1964-1977 and the Executive of the Mennonite Historical Society of Canada from 1968-1996, for the last ten years as President. He also served on the Manitoba provincial counterparts of these organizations. Friesen, together with J. Winfield Fretz and Frank H. Epp, conceived the Mennonites in Canada history project.

Ted Friesen and Lina Krahn were married in 1945; they had four children. They are founding members of the Altona Mennonite Church.


Author(s) Sam Steiner
Date Published 1997

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Steiner, Sam. "Friesen, Ted E. (1920-2016)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1997. Web. 25 Jun 2018.,_Ted_E._(1920-2016)&oldid=56515.

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