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Anna was born in 1928 in Almelo, The Netherlands to Hendrik and Gretchen Poortman. She is survived by a brother Roelof Poortman (Annie); brother-in-law Dan Imlah (Dot); sisters-in-law, Mary Ricard, Maybelle Playter, Josie Imlah, Simone Imlah and Sally Imlah; children, Wayne (Carol), Cathy (David), Rita (Aurele) and Jim; grandchildren, Chelsea, Chad (Heather), Brittany (Jonathon), Kayla (Jordan), Krystyn (Michael), Ash (Barret), Jocelyn (William), Riley, Jenna (Tieler) and Danton; great-grandchildren, Shayla, Curtis, Jayce, Brooke, Liam, Emma, Keanna, Mylee, Tessa, Chloe, Declan, Aria and Aceten, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Anna met her husband Walter in May, 1945, during the Second World War in Holland at a dance. They were married seven months later on December 20, 1945. In October of 1946, Anna made the journey to Canada to be with her husband Walter and lived and farmed in Fisherton, Manitoba. They had many adventures in their life including working as chefs on a train, running a successful drapery business (Custom Drapery), and being the first ever husband and wife pair to hold president status at the Royal Canadian Legion - Elmwood Branch No. 9.
They retired in 1988 to Fisherton, Manitoba and sadly Walter passed away January 24, 2002. Since that time, Anna lived independently on the farm until her health no longer permitted her to do so - as of December 2017. Anna was an incredible woman who had the kindest and biggest heart. She could often be found cooking for community events and family gatherings; sewing, knitting and crocheting. She spent countless hours cross-stitching Christmas stockings for every member of the family.
Funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 12, at 1:00 p.m. at the Fisher Funeral Home in Fisher Branch, MB. Interment at the Fisherton Cemetery.
FISHER FUNERAL HOME INC.
In care of arrangements. Fisher Branch, MB.
(204) 372-6271 or (204) 372-6803
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 10, 2019
Condolences & Memories (6 entries)
Dear Imlah Family, Sending prayers and comforting hugs. Anna was a wonderful classy lady, that was very talented and I will miss our phone calls at tax time. My parents were also ANNA and WALTER. Small world. Rest in Peace. JAN (tax lady) - Posted by: JAN ROCHELLE (TAX LADY) on: Dec 15, 2019
To Cathy, Wayne, Rita, Jim and their families, Your mother was a ray of sunshine within our family. Not everyone gets to say that they had the world's best mother but we know that your mother was one of the best. Her support, wisdom and smile will be cherished forever. We have learnt that if you give it time, let it heal, the goodbyes and tears will turn into memories that you all will hold close to your hearts forever. We send you all our love, hugs at this time and always, Heather, Desiree, Daryl, Emma, Dwight, Aaliyah and Rebekah (Vancouver Island Cousins) - Posted by: Heather Foster (Niece) on: Dec 15, 2019
Rita, I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Mothers are amazing people. Hope you can find comfort in all the great memories you have made with her. My condolences to you and your family. Take care Joy - Posted by: Joy Stodgell (Family friend) on: Dec 11, 2019
Cathy, David and family, we are so sad to hear of your Mom’s passing. Our thoughts are with you. Love, Aunty Pearl, Audry & Hugh - Posted by: Audry Letain (Cousin) on: Dec 10, 2019
So very saddened to see this. May your memories of such a loving mom get you through this sad time. Many great memories from when dad and I were at the legion or when they came to visit our house on the farm, Rest in Peace auntie Ann.... - Posted by: Glenda Gard (Family ) on: Dec 10, 2019
To the Imlah family.....We are saddened to learn of Mrs. Imlah's passing. We are, however, unable to attend but please know that you are all in our prayers. Love, Annemarie & Peter - Posted by: Peter V Harbun and Annemarie Harbun (Friends) on: Dec 10, 2019
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