Mart Marie Koppenol was born on Oct. 12, 1939, in Nieuwveen, Holland. He and his family left Holland and arrived at their final destination of Coronation, Ab. on Dec. 24, 1948.
Mart worked on the family farm and later on his own farm.
He married Grace Lotthammer on May 11, 1963.
They had three children; John, Rhonda (Robert) and Jerry (Doris).
He moved his family to Hanna where he was employed by Knoblauch Construction where he later formed his own company, Mart’s Construction.
Mart became a Canadian citizen in 1977 but he never forgot his Dutch heritage.
After 18 years of marriage, Mart and Grace divorced and Mart married Gloria Yake on Aug. 14, 1981.
Her daughter Dana (Terry) fit right in with the Koppenol clan.
Mart built many houses in the Hanna area.
He became our bionic man after he had two knee replacements and one shoulder surgery.
Mart and Gloria moved to Red Deer after Gloria retired from teaching in 2011.
Mart gave up wood carpentry, gardening and cooking, all the things that he loved, in the later stages of his life.
He spent the last year and a half being cared for primarily by Gloria, hospital staff, home care and finally the wonderful staff at Red Deer Hospice.
Mart died peacefully on Dec. 11, 2018, after a long struggle with liver cirrhosis and liver cancer.
He will be remembered and loved always by his four children and his eight grandchildren including; Kevin (Nicole) and Jeffrey Koppenol, Macie, Tyson and Noah Welch, Alex Koppenol, and Calvin and Jeroen Stagg.
He will also be remembered by his special friends Spencer (Tammy) Keeping, their children Tori and Tyler as well as his wonderful neighbour Julie and her son Nathan.
He was predeceased by his father Mart, his mother Johanna, his brother Cor and his sister, Johanna Tanaschyk.
A memorial service will be held at the Parkland Funeral Home in Red Deer, Ab. on May 4, 2019, at 11 a.m. Memorial donations can Koppenol be made to the Red Deer Hospice or charity of your choice.