Diet Braaksma (van der Hoek) passed on to meet the Lord on Saturday, March 7th, at the age of 89. She is survived by her two daughters Tynke (John) of Penticton and Corinné (Jim) of Bella Coola; two granddaughters Jessica and Sierena (Stephen); four great-grandchildren: Annaka, Eden, Trenen and Emma Grace; sister Sjoek of Salmon Arm and brother Anton (Bartie) of Port Coburn, Ontario; sisters-in-law Rita of Salmon Arm and Janny of the Netherlands; and many nieces, nephews and extended family. She was predeceased by her loving husband Arie Braaksma in 1997.
Diet was born in The Joure, Friesland, The Netherlands. She met her life-long love Arie in Berlikum, marrying soon after on March 7, 1952. Their first daughter Tynke was born in “the old country”, and they immigrated to Canada late in 1953. They settled in Lynn Valley, North Vancouver, B.C. to be close to other recently immigrated family, and added their second daughter Corinné to their loving household. In the 1970’s Diet attended university to complete her Canadian teaching degree at UBC. After Arie’s retirement they moved to Mara Lake; Diet made her home in Salmon Arm to be closer to family following Arie’s passing.
Diet loved singing (had a beautiful soprano voice!), gardening, cooking and caring for her family, pottery, weaving, sewing and walking her beloved dogs.
Diet dedicated her life to raising her two fabulous girls and being a loving partner to husband Arie. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
The family would like to thank Dr. Goldberg and the staff of Hillside Village, Cottage 5 for their kind and compassionate care of our precious Diet.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, March 14th, at 2:00 pm at Crossroads Free Methodist Church, 121 Shuswap St. SW, Salmon Arm.
Arrangements entrusted to Fischer’s Funeral Services & Crematorium, Salmon Arm (250) 833-1129. Email condolences and share memories through Diet’s obituary at www.fischersfuneralservices.com.