It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we announce Martin’s sudden passing at the age of 67 years. He was born on April 20, 1949 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 43 years, Donna; children Bryce (Kim), Michelle (Rudy), Colleen (Eric), and Noel (Camilla), all of Spruce Grove and Edmonton; five awesome grandchildren: Mya, Ryan, Logan, Isabella, Linnea; mother Jane Vandenberg; brother John (Carol) of Cedar Springs, Michigan; He will be greatly missed by his many extended family and friends. Martin was predeceased by his father Hendrikus Ritzema and stepfather Jan Vandenberg.

A celebration of his life will take place Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 11am at Hope Christian Reformed Church at Hwy 16 and Sec. Hwy 779. Interment will follow at Hope Church Cemetery.

If desired, donations may be made to the Alberta Cancer Foundation at or by calling 1-866-412-4222. The family would like to thank Parkland County EMS personnel for their service.

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Dirk en Kunny Wieringa-Ritzema

We send a letter and we hope you received it.
We pray for you all and we hope you will be consolated.
Greeetings d.k.

Jaap and Hendrika Hofman

Donna and family,

We want to let you know we pray for you all in these sad days. May the Lord strengthen you and give you peace in your heart and go on with your life when time comes.
BIG HUGS, Jaap and Hendrika and my parents Arie and Dien Ritzema-Hamming, from Holland

Barbara Kasper

Dear Donna, I am sadden to hear the news of Martin just want you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Dianne Johnson and Wayne Copeland

Donna and family. – we were saddened to hear of Martin’s death, and will miss seeing him around the subdivision. Our deepest sympathies and condolences to you. Sorry we are away and cannot attend on Saturday. Please know that our thoughts are with in this difficult time.

Janice McGregor

My sincere sympathy to Donna and family in your loss of Martin. I worked many years ago with Martin (and Donna) at Alberta Agriculture. Martin was passionate about agriculture and stewardship of the land. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Janice McGregor

Jon Mead

I have some cherished memories of Martin and his entire family. Growing up in Edmonton, I always looked forward to visiting Uncle Martin and his family on their farm(s) out near Peers AB. We were allowed to go a bit feral out there.

Martin always seemed to be nonchalantly farming, like it was no sweat. Smiling that relaxed smile all the time. I remember he let me drive one of his GMC pickups. Even though I was a die-hard Ford fan back then, I loved those old pick-ups (don’t tell Uncle Jim).

I remember his dogs, Chip and Jake. All those cats!

Uncle Martin was always kind. I recall his shaking his hand when I was small and being amazed at how rough they were. He let us build the craziest tree house of all time out there, near the road. And there’s that swell 8-Track tape in the green case that had all the rock n’ roll hits from the 70’s on it. When I hear “Little Green Bag” I think of Uncle Martin.

He was loved and he’ll be missed.


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