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Memorial Service

Pembina Pioneer Methodist Church
Saturday June 4th, 2022

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Hetty Walker

Hetty (Hedwig) Carla Walker, 85 passed away peacefully Saturday October 23, 2021, after a battle with ovarian cancer. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at the Pembina Pioneer United Methodist Church in Pembina, ND. Following the service a rececption will be held in the church fellowship hall.

Hetty was born in Tilburg, Netherlands and emigrated to Fort Frances, Ontario through
Quebec on the ship Tabinta with her parents and three sisters. She lived in several
lumber camps as a young bride before starting a bait and tackle business in Waldhof,
Ontario where she was also the Post Mistress and operated a General Store. In 1970
she moved to Pembina ND and worked at various businesses. She served on the
Pembina City Council from 1984-1990 then as Mayor of Pembina from 1990-2000.
Hetty then worked at the Pembina Museum and from 2002-2021 served as a Pembina
County Commissioner. She was a member of the Red River Basin Commission and
Red River Community Action as well as many other Committees. From 1985 until 2012
she operated the Pembina Parcel Service.
Some of Hetty’s proudest achievements were when she was named the Woman of the
Year for the North Dakota American Legion Auxiliary and when she was awarded the
Water Management Leadership Award in 2016 from the Red River Basin Commission.
She was instrumental in creating an Emergency Management Committee for Pembina
and in 1996 organized the Pembina River Advisory Board. She worked long hours
during the 1997 flood ensuring that the town of Pembina remained safe.
Hetty was a talented artist and quilter. She enjoyed a game of cribbage and usually
won. She loved her town and participated enthusiastically in many of the events.
She was preceded in death by her husband Charles H Walker (October 2009), sisters
Mabel Koch and Yvonne Silver and her parents Jan and Mabel Koch. She is survived
by sister Paulien (Don) Bainbridge (Atikokan, Ontario), Daughters Karen Walker (Fargo,
ND), Laurie (Tom) Schulz (Crystal, ND), Dawn (Dean Leas) Walker (Fruitland, ID),
Shelly Bjerk (Nucla, CO), and son John (Jennie) Walker (Fruita, CO). She has 7
grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
A service is planned on June 4, 2022, at the Pembina Cemetery. In remembrance of
Hetty’s life, the family requests those who wish to express sympathy to consider
donating to the Altru Cancer Center, 960 S Columbia Rd, Grand Forks, ND 58201 or the
American Legion Auxiliary, Box 585, Pembina, ND 58271.

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I will miss you Hetty. I’m so grateful our paths crossed. God bless you and your family.

Patricia Knight Jun 28 2022 4:36 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Hetty Walker

Hall Lisa Jun 7 2022 4:00 AM

So sorry for the loss of Hetty she was definitely a great woman who I am pleased to have the honor of meeting.

Hall Lisa Jun 7 2022 3:52 AM

A very special lady for Pembina. I had the pleasure of being on the city council with her in the 80's. Her dedication to this little town will truly be missed. My condolences go out to the family.

Joey Shawn Loeffler Jun 6 2022 11:35 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Hetty Walker

Joey Shawn Loeffler Jun 6 2022 11:29 PM

I knew Hetty as a young girl, Chuck and Hetty were our neighbors growing up on the farm. So many memories with this wonderful lady. Loved our trips to Winnipeg, always great stories she had. She will be missed.

Lori Keatns Jun 6 2022 10:17 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Hetty Walker

Lori Keatns Jun 6 2022 10:06 PM

My condolences to her family. I was one of Hetty’s customers at Pembina Parcel. She was a fine person and a remarkable lady! Enjoyed our conversations, her stories and her always pleasant personality. I will truly miss bumping into her on one of my rides to Pembina from Winnipeg.

Barney Segal Jun 2 2022 11:20 PM

Everyone in Pembina knew Hetty! She was truly a special lady & loved her community! We're sorry we'll be gone & miss her service, but extend our deepest sympathy to you all.

Joe & Nancy Defoe May 28 2022 9:41 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Hetty Walker

Rena Randall May 17 2022 6:39 AM

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