Levi Otis Friesen, 2, died in his sleep early Monday morning, Jan. 4, 2021.
Levi’s parents, Teresa (Bolas) and Corey Friesen of Carroll, and sister, Santana Margaret, 3, are devastated by this shocking, sudden loss. Their Little Levi Guy was full of life, magical smiles and joyful energy, making it impossible to believe he’s not here.
Levi was born in Carroll, Iowa, on July 20, 2018, to Teresa and Corey. He enjoyed keeping up with his sister “Tana,” chasing and make believe, playing at the park, sweet and silly times with family, and sharing his heartwarming laugh. Levi loved giving hugs and kisses and being silly with Mommy, who has been working remotely from home most of 2020, allowing Levi frequent pop-ins to her office. Levi loved hanging out as Daddy’s sidekick, and sweet bedtime routines with books, jokes and cuddles with Daddy, who had taken off work to stay home with Levi and Santana during the pandemic. Levi and Tana could be quite the comedic duo, often adding punch lines to each other’s stories, “cooking” with pots and pans, learning and giggling with new yoga poses, and getting creative with their dance moves. Though the pandemic has been a hard time for the world, the “Friesen Four” have spent every day together, laughing, singing, dancing, reading, biking, adventuring, and loving. Levi, meaning “Bringer of Harmony,” brought love and connection to his family and friends, and precious joy to the world.
In addition to his immediate family, he is survived by his grandparents, John Bolas, Kay Friesen and Stanley Friesen; aunts and uncles Emily and Seth Jones, Claire Friesen, Christine Bolas and Samir Raval, and Matthew Bolas, and cousin Sully Jones, all of Omaha.
He was preceded in death by his grandma Margaret (Cockson) Bolas; second cousin Laura Cockson; great-uncle Kevin Graslie; and great-grandparents Lois and Ken Bolas, Loretta and Leo Cockson, Alvin and Lucille Graslie, Abraham Friesen, Emma (Friesen) and Bob Flory.
A public gathering of friends will be held in Carroll from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, at the South Shelter at Swan Lake State Park. Visitors may come and go as they please. The family requests those in attendance abide by COVID-19 guidelines and wear face masks.
Memorial will be held in Omaha on Friday, Jan. 15, at the Field Club of Omaha, 3615 Woolworth Ave., from noon to 4 p.m. with services at 3 p.m. Arrangements, including memorials, are through Heafey Hoffmann Dworak and Cutler of Omaha: https://heafeyheafey.com.
Little Levi Quotes:
“I’m not a monkey, I’m 2!”
“That’s not right,” in a silly, gravelly voice.
“I want to get cozy!”
“Ohhhh, thank you!”
“I love you Mommy and Daddy! ’Noculars!”