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Poelman, Wilma (nee DeKoning)

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Wilma Poelman (nee DeKoning) went home to be with her Saviour and Lord peacefully while surrounded by her family on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, at the age of 88.
Wilma was the beloved wife of Ralph John Poelman. On Oct. 11 of this year they had celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, in her room at Good Samaritan Park Meadows Village. She still enjoyed a bite of cake with her family.
Wilma was born Dec. 21, 1928 in the family home in Lynnville county, Iowa, United States. She was raised by a young widowed mother and an uncle, grandmother and aunt. It was a childhood full of hard work, and chores at a young age. She was proud of her cow milking at age five, and she loved sleeping by young hatched chicks in the brooder house, as a child.
Wilma loved her Iowa roots, and was proud to take that heritage into the family life she shared with her husband Ralph. They met at a young people’s convention in Lethbridge in 1957 and married soon after the convention.
Adjusting to Alberta farm life was a bit tougher than she thought, but being resilient, she strived to make a good life, one that was filled with lots of children, gardens, and blue skies.
Wilma spent hours working tirelessly on her sewing, quilting, crocheting, and patching. She was a fabulous cook and baker. She loved preserving food, and was always trying a new idea.
Christian Reformed Church life was important, but she always missed her reformed roots from Sully, Iowa. However, Wilma was rock solid in her faith — she always knew the Lord as her personal Saviour.
Wilma wasn’t afraid to challenge and push her family, and took great delight when her beloved children exceeded her expectations.
She was the kind of lady who said it like it was, whether you cared to hear it or not, but she was greatly admired for her tough grit and compassion. This was the lady who wasn’t afraid to adopt a passel of kids, and get her husband and son to love them as much as she did.
Wilma is fondly loved and remembered by her children Albert (Darlene) Poelman of Granum; Dena (Gary) Slezina of Lethbridge; Jerry (Michelle) Poelman of Fort Macleod; Leroy (Sharon) Poelman of Granum; and Doris (Len) Moorman of Coaldale.
Wilma is also survived by her grandchildren Nathan Poelman, Emily Poelman, Cyrill and Michelle Newell, Jonathan and Sharla Hummel, Jennifer and Mike Duffy, Michael and Tiffany Poelman, Ryan and Breanne Poelman, Travis (Bailey) Poelman, Bailey Poelman, Michaela Grace, Shaira Joy, John Arron Samonte; Nicole and Steve Boot, Katherine Poelman, Leonard Moorman; and 21 great grandchildren.
Wilma is survived by her only sister, Alberta (Arthur) Havinga of Lethbridge, and her children Adrianna (Dyce) Bolduc, Jennie (Brian) Chernwichan, Walter (Theresa) Havinga, and Elza Bouwman; her brother- and sisters-in-law on her husband’s side, Klaas Poelman, Jennie Williamson, William (Hetty) Poelman and Henrietta Wierenga.
Wilma was predeceased by her parents Albert and Mary DeKoning; her daughter Leona Poelman; two granddaughters Kimberly Ann Poelman and Kyndra ReAnn Poelman; her in-laws George and Mendine Poelman; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Hilda and Gerhard Vos, Ralph Williamson, Annie Poelman and Enno Wierenga; and her nephews George Poelman, Sidney Havinga, Clarence and Arnold Vos.
The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at the Granum Christian Reformed Church (five miles east of Granum on Highway 519) with Rev. Henry Veldboom officiating. Interment at Granum Christian Reformed Church Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Kyndra’s Foundation of Love c/o Christian Stewardship Services, 214A-500 Alden Road, Markham, Ont., L3R 5H5 or a charity of choice.
Psalm 27:4
One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to seek Him in His temple.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Eden’s Funeral Home. Phone 403-553-3772 or visit

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