Orpha R. Friesen, age 87 of York, NE, passed away Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at York. She was born January 15, 1930 in Omaha,NE to Gothard “Ole” and Martha (Lundgren) Nelson. She was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in York. Orpha was an unselfish person who was dedicated to caring for other people. She was generous with her time helping people in her church and community. She enjoyed visiting with people and could find a friend where ever she went. Orpha loved playing Phase 10 and baking. She enjoyed being around children but was especially happy when she was with her own grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a special person and will be missed by all who knew her.
Left to cherish her memory are sons, Gothard "Ole" (Lynn) Friesen of Lincoln, NE and Lydell (Crystal) Pinneo of York; four daughters Debra (Gene) Marz of Cedar Rapids, IA, Bondel Friesen of York, Heidi (Hugh) Morris of Duluth, MN, and Brittany Pinneo (K.P. Purdie) of Utica, NE. Grandchildren include Alice (Mark) Lau of Firth, NE, Corey (Bryce) Urbanek of Kearney, NE, Jacob Marz of Phoenix, AZ, Halsey Morris of Duluth, MN, Desiree, Clayton and Autumn Pinneo all of York, Keith II and Keiany Purdie of Utica,NE. Great-grandchildren are Sofia Lau, Cassandra and Collin Urbanek of Kearney.Orpha is also survived by her sister Helen (Don) Lulow of York and sister-in-law JoAnne Nelson of Gault, CA.
Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, 5 brothers, 5 sisters, and one great-granddaughter.
Funeral services were held at 10:00am Monday, November 6, 2017 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in York with the Reverend Megan Clausen officiating. Interment followed at York’s Greenwood Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.
Condolences may be emailed to Metz Mortuary Messages will be given to the family.