Merritt Funeral Chapel

2113 Granite Avenue, Merritt, BC


Irma Marie HEPPNER

November 6, 1933February 3, 2020

Irma Marie (Pelletier) Heppner

Mom, Nana, Auntie Irma was born in Perigord, Saskatchewan on November 6, 1933 to Louise and Marc Pelletier. The sixth of ten children. She entered Heaven’s gate peacefully on February 3, 2020 at the Merritt Hospital with many family members by her side.

Irma met the love of her life in 1956. Little did she know when she agreed to stand up for her sister’s wedding that her future was standing right next to the groom, his handsome brother. It did not take long before the bride’s maid took the best man for herself. A few months later, Ed and Irma were married in Quesnel, BC on June 22, 1957. They went on to raise a family of five in various locations in the beautiful province of BC, including Chilliwack, Boston Bar and since 1964, Merritt was called home.

Irma is survived by her loving and devoted husband Edward John Heppner, her five children; Hank (Debbie) Heppner, Cathy (Allen) Peters, Maurice (Laurie) Heppner, Jackie Heppner and Anita (Duane) Mathers along with 12 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, her sister Rose Kwiatkowski of Porcupine Plain, Saskatchewan and dearest friend Lina Gagnon of Merritt BC. She also leaves many other family members and friends who will sadly miss her.

Family and friends were important to Nana who loved gatherings and was always working on organizing the next family reunion, even dragging her good friend Vera Brown-John off to Saskatchewan to visit family. Her door was always open and the coffee fresh. Luncheons with Family once a month was a must - everyone was invited. Grandchildren always enjoyed a visit to Nana’s with all her amazing baked goodies including opportunities to play board games or be creative with Nana’s endless supply of crafts.

Irma devoted many years to the Skalula Workshop, volunteering her time including being a Board Member, and enjoying each moment and memory. Even after retirement, Irma continued visiting the clients and supporting the Fundraisers with her crafty creations and amazing baking.

For Mom, Nana, Auntie Irma, there was never enough flowers in her garden or solar lights in her yard. She loved birds and her trips to Kamloops to buy bird seed, solar lights and the occasional dinner out.

Irma’s family will serve as pallbearers.


  • Funeral Service Monday, February 10, 2020


Irma Marie HEPPNER

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Richard Carter

February 7, 2020

If it wasnt for the love of Aunty Irma and her family i dont know where i would be today.I just wish i would have made better desions and then would have made her prouder of me.Goodbye Auty Irma