Levi Otis Friesen

Levi Otis Friesen

July 20, 2018 ~ January 4, 2021

Levi Otis Friesen, age two, died in his sleep in the early morning of Monday, January 4, 2021.  Levi’s parents, Teresa (Bolas) and Corey Friesen, and sister, Santana Margaret, age three, are devastated by this shocking, sudden loss. Full of life, magical smiles, and joyful energy, it feels impossible to believe that our Little Levi Guy is 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 now meets his grandma, Margaret (Cockson) Bolas; second cousi,n Laura Cockson; great uncle, Kevin Graslie; great-grandparents: Lois and Ken Bolas, Loretta and Leo Cockson, Alvin and Lucille Graslie, Abraham Friesen, Emma (Friesen) and Bob Flory.

Little Levi Quotes:

I’m not a Monkey, I’m two!

“That’s Not Right,” in a silly, gravely voice.

I want to get cozy!

Ohhhh, thank you!

I love you mommy and daddy! ‘Noculars!

Services will be held in Carroll and Omaha. Carroll: Sunday, January 10th from 1:00-3:00 at the South Shelter at Swan Lake State Park. You may come and go as you please; we request you wear a mask.

Omaha: Friday, January 15th at Field Club of Omaha from 12:00-4:00 with services at 3:00.



  • Sara Skinner Posted January 6, 2021 11:58 am

    Teresa, Corey, and Santana, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I hold you all in my prayers. May God return comfort and peace to you.

  • Caitlin Pride Posted January 6, 2021 1:45 pm

    We cannot begin to imagine your pain. What a sweet little boy. May Our Lord give you peace that surpasses understanding and consolation that he is with Grandma ❤️ We will be praying for you all. Love, the Prides

  • Larry L Frank Posted January 6, 2021 2:36 pm

    Corey and Teresa-Our hearts are broken after hearing the news of your Levi:( Eric is having a hard time believing this is true. Know that we are keeping you all in our prayers!!! Larry, Rita and Eric Frank

  • John, JoAnn and Jack Olberding Posted January 6, 2021 2:52 pm

    We extend our sincere sympathy to all of you — can’t believe we won’t be seeing Levi in the picture window waving at us or seeing you all go for a walk or stroller ride. Words cannot express our grief and sorrow – just know that you are in our thoughts and prayers with great sadness in our hearts!

  • Deb McCarty Posted January 6, 2021 3:23 pm

    May God wrap His loving arms around you and may all of our prayers bring you comfort snd strength. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Barbara Harris Posted January 6, 2021 3:26 pm

    Theresa and Corey I hold you deep in my heart. You are amazing parents and that will not change. What a beautiful tribute to Liam what a special boy. There is nothing to say that will ease your pain right now so I wont try but just know that my spirit is with you as our my prayers.

  • Shannon Roth Posted January 6, 2021 5:07 pm

    Corey and Teresa,

    I’m incredibly sorry for your loss. I can not even begin to imagine what you are going through as a family. Levi was taken way too soon from this world. May your sadness and grief soften overtime and his soul be remembered always in your hearts. Love, Shannon

  • Rasiklal Raval Posted January 6, 2021 6:51 pm

    We are full in grief and sorrow on hearing the sad news.Our condolance to parents and family. We pray God to give strength to all of us to bear loss of beloved Levi.
    God bless him and grant liberation to the departed soul.
    Mina Raval & R N Raval Vadodara India

  • Joyce Bierl Posted January 6, 2021 7:27 pm

    Teresa and Corey so very very sorry to hear about the loss of your son, I am keeping you all in my prayers,

  • Kyle Shaffer Posted January 6, 2021 9:03 pm

    Corey and Teresa, words can’t express how sad I am for you guys. As a father of a 2 year old, this breaks my heart. I will be praying for you.

  • Travis and Katrina Eichenberger Posted January 6, 2021 9:23 pm

    Corey and Teresa, Our hearts ache with the news of Levi’s passing. I can’t imagine what you are feeling. Know that we are sending our love and prayers for you during this difficult time. May God give you peace in your hearts with time and the knowledge that we will all be together again someday.

  • Jennifer Wemhoff Posted January 7, 2021 8:41 am

    While i did not meet this little one or his parents, I know his Aunt Emily, who loves him deeply. My very sincere condolences to the entire family for this loss. Prayers of comfort for you all.

  • Patricia Nilssoon Posted January 7, 2021 1:26 pm

    Cory and Theresa I was stunned to learn of your loss of Levi in such a sudden way. Kristin was very upset when she called to tell me about it. I am so sad that I never got to meet either of your children since all of you have lived out of town. I hope that will change when you move here. You have my sincere sympathy and prayers. I have been thinking of you all day and can imagine how much this joyful little boy will be missed but always living in your heart. May your memories sustain you. God bless all three of you. Pat

  • Angie Jensen Posted January 8, 2021 2:40 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It just breaks my heart! Praying God brings you and your family comfort.

  • Colleen Betita Posted January 9, 2021 9:43 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. As a friend of Christine Bolas, I have heard so much about the joy Santana and Levi have brought to your entire family over the past few years. My heart aches for your loss. Love and prayers from Wisconsin.

  • Rebecca Sallee Hanson Posted January 10, 2021 12:52 pm

    Theresa, Corey and Santana, I am so sorry you have to experience this grief and pain. I am also so grateful for Levi’s life, and the love and sunshine he brought to the world and to your family. I will remember you in my prayers, and I will remember Levi. He may have died too soon, but his life and his love has changed the world.

  • CJ Niles Posted January 10, 2021 5:53 pm

    Friesen family, We are thinking of all of you daily. May all the thoughts and prayers that surround you now
    bring you moments of peace and strength to get through these difficult days. Loving thoughts, Wes & CJ NIles

  • Jodi Friesen Posted January 12, 2021 8:48 am

    Corey and Theresa, Our hearts are so saddened by the loss of your little Levi.
    We are heartbroken by his loss in your lives and we are praying for Gods love to comfort you. Hold strong to your wonderful memories of this precious little guy and the joyful reunion that you will one day have in heaven. With our heartfelt condolences, Uncle Brad and Aunt Jodi.

  • Myrna Sprenger Posted January 15, 2021 9:56 am

    We were so saddened when hearing about Levi. Our hearts and prayers reach out to you. Our prayer is that you will experience the comfort available in our Heavenly Father. What a treasure of memories you have.

  • Kay & Bob Johnson Posted January 15, 2021 10:29 am

    Words cannot express how sorry we are for your family. We know John & Margaret from St Gerald’s & know Margaret is embracing her beautiful grandson💙 Many prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • Kim Gardiner Posted January 15, 2021 12:46 pm

    Corey, Teresa, and Santana,
    I am so very sorry to hear from Kristin and my mom about the loss of Levi. I wish there was something I could say to comfort you, but I know there is not. I hope that all of the memories you made with your little Levi will provide some comfort. My thoughts and prayers are with you all!
    Kim Gardiner

  • Kristin Posted January 16, 2021 11:29 pm

    Cory and Theresa,
    We are praying for you all, especially big sister, Santana. Our hearts our broken for your entire family and all who knew Levi. He sounds like a sweetheart.
    Kristin and Ty

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