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Martha Ketsman

December 2, 2020



Martha Ketsman
(née Van Den Bosch)

Peacefully at her residence in Somerset, MB on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, Mrs. Martha Ketsman passed away at the age of 100 years.

She leaves to cherish her memory her daughters, Freeda Sanders, Sheila (George) Sanders, Irene Plaetinck and Joyce (Raimund) Rudolf; her caregiver and niece Yvonne Maes; her grandchildren, Paul (Michelle) Sanders, Rachel (Emanuel) Pimentel, Denise (Darcy) Lavergne, Irene (Lucas†) Sanders, Anita (Ian) Pinette, Grace (Justin) Griffith, Karl (Laurie) Sanders, Adeena (Graeme) Manness, Lorraine (David) Hamblin, Yvette (Colin) Lafreniere, Mark (Tracy) Sanders, Alison (Lane) Collins, Sharon (Vincent) Zettler, Julie (Georg) Ridder, Christine (Daniel) Ronceray, Marina (Eric) Lesage, Nicole (Christopher) Krapp, Louise Sanders, Elaine (Felix) Bruewer, Katherine Plaetinck, Kristina Plaetinck, Monika (Dan) Iverson and Karsten (Melissa) Rudolf; her great-grandchildren, Bethany, Ava, Joshua, Jordan, Taryn, Liam, Max, Brook, Taylor, Bryn, Logan, Aidan, Riley, Jake, Zack, Markus, Ben, Parker, Mikaela, Seth, Jude, Isaac, Saul, Eve, Eli, Daniel, Rayhab, Lydia, Ezra, Samuel, Molly, Jax, Hayden, Ethan, Mason, Rowyn, Erin, Addison, Claire, Paige, Luke, Genevieve, Noah, Charlotte, Asher, Rose, Greg, Aaron, Cecilia, Vincent, Dominic, Augustus, Veronica, Basil, Celina, Harrison, Xavier, Evan, Andrea, Felicity, Pierce, Vivienne, Hendrik, Joseph, Emma, Hana, Paul, Nora, Kyle, Annabel, Rosalie, Sophie, Angelina and Heidi; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. 

She is predeceased by her husband Mike Ketsman, her sons-in-law Michel Sanders and George Plaetinck and her siblings.

Martha Ketsman (nee Van Den Bosch) was born in Itegem, Belgium on January 31, 1920. Months after her birth the large family immigrated to Canada and settled in the Bruxelles/Holland area.  She attended Oak Hill School and frequently reminded us that she was always at the top of her class...and then with a smile would admit that she was the only one in her class!  She married Mike Ketsman in 1948 and settled in a farm near Swan Lake.  Years later they moved to Winnipeg but after 4 years they returned to country living in Somerset in 1961.  Her legacy includes 4 daughters (Freeda, Sheila, Irene, Joyce) and 97 grand and great-grand children.

Martha was an extremely talented woman who was willing to try and earnestly work at a variety of activities including sewing, baking, photography, oil painting, drawing, knitting, crochet, old time dancing, and cards (of course!).  Her greatest gift to all was her quick smile and her happy disposition.  She will be missed...

The family wishes to thank Cindy Fehr, Father Paulin, and Adam’s Funeral Home for their professionalism and support through these difficult times.

A Private Family Service will be held at Adam’s Funeral Home on Monday, December 7, 2020.  Memorial Service at 1:30 pm followed by Funeral Mass at 2 pm with Father Paulin Akpapupu officiating. Interment will be in Somerset Parish Cemetery.

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In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the Somerset Manor, Box 131 Somerset, MB  R0G 2L0 or the Notre Dame Health Foundation, Box 190, Notre Dame de Lourdes, MB  R0G 1M0.

Adam’s Funeral Home of Notre Dame de Lourdes, Manitoba in care of arrangements.  Phone 204-248-2201.  To view this obituary and leave condolences, please visit 

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