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Annie Hiemstra passed away peacefully on May 24, 2023 in Sonora, CA. She was 91 years old. Annie was born in Frederiksoord, The Netherlands, to Albert and Adrie Puper on November 22, 1931. She married her husband Raymond Hiemstra on January 10, 1953 and immigrated to the United States with her family in 1955. She raised her 5 children in New York and in 1997 drove across the country with her husband to retire in California. She spent the rest of her life living in Sonora, where she loved flower gardening, spending quality time with her family, and traveling.

She is preceded in death by her parents Albert Puper (1986) and Adrie Stuiver-Puper (1988), her husband Raymond Hiemstra (2015), her sisters Simmy Puper (1946), and Greetje Puper (1950), twin brother Jan (1978), and brother Piet (2006).

She is survived by her sisters Hennie, Geke, and Jopie, 5 children: Rhea Hiemstra, Sidney Hiemstra, Marian Hiemstra, Annette Freeman, and Christine Uhl, her 11 grandchildren: Alicia, Renee, Aaron, Tanya, Rebecca, Larissa, Nikki, Aryk, Reid, Jayden, and Lynnea, and her 11 great-grandchildren.

Annie’s family will be honoring her life privately in August. Her ashes will be spread on the banks of the Hudson River in New York that welcomed her into this country, as were her wishes.