Anna Praamsma |
Nov. 12, 1926 — May 21, 2016
Anna Praamsma would like you to know her work here on earth is done. She entered life on earth on Nov. 12, 1926, and she entered eternal life with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, May 21, 2016.
Anna was preceded in death by her parents, Hinne and Aukje, and siblings Bauke, Klaus and Pier.
Her memories are carried on by her husband, Marten; children, Henry (Joette), John (Cathy), and Audrey (Dan), six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Anna grew up on her Couperus Farm. She was never idle, but continuously worked with her gifted hands — whether sewing, knitting, weeding, milking cows or riding horses, and she was always willing and ready to spend time with family and friends. If you think you heard an angel singing, you could be sure it was Anna sharing her sweet songs of encouragement.
Anna found her first and only true love in Marten, and the two were married in February 1949 in Lollum, Netherlands. In April 1949 they left all that was familiar behind and came to the United States to start a new life. Marten Praamsma said, “We have thrown our ship’s cables off Holland and will fasten them now in our new home America.” And that is what they did as they made America their home and started their family.
Anna also worked at Kettle Moraine High School and retired after 25 years of service.
Throughout her life, Anna’s constant love, contagious smile, and sweet and joyful demeanor won the trust and hearts of many who even now are being changed by her witness of constant, nurturing love and faith in her Lord.
If you came to visit Anna, you might find her cooking in the kitchen with Marten or working on a blanket or some embroidery in her pink chair, but if it’s sunny out and the snow is gone, you’d better check the flower garden first.
If asked to describe Anna with one word, we would have to say, “Blessed.” Anna has a quiet confidence that stems from her relationship with God. Her virtuous inner qualities did not happen overnight but were hammered out in the trials and joys of life as she trusted Jesus.
Anna functioned and lived as “Salt and Light.” She knew she was triumphant in Christ and this was not anything that she did or earned ... it was something she WAS because of God’s gift of salvation.
The family would like to thank Nancy Shelburn, the Legacy Assisted Living, and Seasons Hospice for their sweet and loving care of Anna. Thank you for your kindness, patience and compassion with our sweet loved one. We are eternally grateful for your hands and your heart.
The family recommends memorials to Evangelical Child and Family Agency, a gift of life to others from Anna.
The visitation will be on May 27, at 4:30 p.m. and the service to follow at 6 p.m. at Highview Evangelical Presbyterian Church, S50W33042 Highway GE, Dousman, WI 53118.