Hetty Margherita Poelman (nee Riepma) was born on April 10, 1936, in Fort Macleod. She was raised and lived in the Granum area most of her life. On March 29, 1955, she married Bill Poelman. They were blessed with a devoted marriage until Bill passed away on April 21, 2020. Hetty is survived by loving children Ethel Tomiyama (Ken), Glen Poelman (Joyce), June Mann (Randy), Lois May (Bill), 13 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
Hetty was an important part of a successful grain farm she owned with Bill until spring 1995, when they retired into Fort Macleod. They lived happily there for many years until they moved to Lethbridge for a couple of years and then to Calgary for the rest of their lives. Hetty blessed all her family and many guests by graciously welcoming them with her hospitality and delicious food. She took tremendous joy and delight in each of her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Hetty was very involved in the community of the Granum Christian Reformed Church, where she was a lifetime member. From her teen years until well into her 60s, she regularly played organ for worship services and many weddings and funerals. She always was part of the church’s study groups and aid committees. With Bill she faithfully visited those in need of company, consolation or encouragement. Despite health challenges in her later years, she had a strong faith in her Saviour and was content to pass peacefully into His heavenly presence on November 15, 2022.
A Funeral Service was held at the Granum Christian Reformed Church on November 18, 2022, at 1:00 P.M.
A Graveside Service was held at the Granum Christian Reformed Cemetery. Refreshments at the church followed.