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Annie Alice Poelstra

August 25, 1931 — August 27, 2022

Annie A (Leach) Poelstra, formerly of Sandpoint, Idaho passed away peacefully Friday, August 26, 2022, at her home in The Royal Plaza in Lewiston, Idaho. Annie was born August 25, 1931, to Alice M. Williams & Lawrence Leach in Radersburg, Montana.

Annie lived an amazing 91 years, never knowing a stranger. She grew up in Radersburg, Montana where she met her first love, Vernon Kalar. They were married in 1951, in Townsend, Montana. They were blessed with three children, Shirley, Fred, and Gerald. In the 1970s the family settled in Sandpoint, Idaho.

After the couple parted ways, she graduated from cooking school at Glasgow Air Force Base (AFB), Montana in 1979. She put her new skills to work customizing wedding cakes & cooking for the locals of the Sandpoint area.

Annie later married John Poelstra in Townsend on July 28, 1992. They spent time between their two homes in Cocolalla, Idaho as well as in Townsend, Montana. They had many great adventures. Annie loved creating things; a talent for turning random things into timeless treasures. In 2008, time stood still for Annie when John passed away. With time, she found new passions at Orchards Assisted Living Center. Annie enjoyed photography, bird watching, & feeding the squirrels. She liked Wii bowling, puzzles, & Bingo.

Annie leaves behind children: Shirley (Dan) Mellor of Mayer AZ, Fred (Terri) Kalar Elma WA., Gerald (Monica) Kalar Lewiston ID. Grandchildren Jennifer Johnson, Katie (Zach) Whitlock, Dylan Kalar, along with 10 great-grandchildren, & a sister, Mary (Manuel) Rodrigues of San Luis Obispo, Ca., & sister-in-law Alena Brown of Sandpoint, ID.

A Celebration of Life will be held October 1st at 1 pm at Hereth Park in Lewiston, & funeral services at Coffelt Funeral Services in Sandpoint, ID October 8th at 11 a.m., graveside burial will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Park.

Cards may be sent to the family: 2870 Juniper Drive, Lewiston ID 83501.  In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to The Royal Plaza Health and Rehabilitation of Cascadia, - Community Activities, in Honor of Annie or the Lewiston Boys & Girls Club.

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