March 6 2018: WIETSMA, Paul Hendrik

Paul Hendrik Wietsma

Paul Hendrik Wietsma of Silver Spring, Maryland passed away peacefully in his home in the company of loving family members on March 5, following a courageous battle with an aggressive form of leukemia. He turned an eight-month prognosis into a three-year, hard-fought battle, which surprises precisely no one who knew him.

Born in Passaic, New Jersey, Paul was the older of two sons of the late Hendrik and Ruth (Donnelly) Wietsma. As a young man, he honored our nation by joining the United States Army and becoming a distinguished veteran in Vietnam. He heroically served his fallen military brothers by rescuing them by chopper under enemy fire.

Following his most honorable discharge, Paul later put his mathematical and design talents to work in architecture, home and building inspection, becoming the go-to resource within the Baltimore – DC metro community.

At home, Paul worked on his antique cars, cooked gourmet meals and welcomed any friend in from out of the rain. He was a lover of many deserving dogs, the seas with his first-mate Stan, his cherished granddaughters, and his meant-to-be of 35 years, Annie.

Paul is survived by his wife, Ann (DePaolo) Wietsma; brother Lawrence Wietsma; granddaughters, Diane and Megan Kalita; nieces Jennifer Kalita and Jessica (Wietsma) Dow; and nephew Christian Wietsma.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, March 8 from 7 – 9 pm at Collins Funeral Home, 500 University Blvd W, Silver Spring, MD 20901 (Valet Parking).  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday March 9 at the Church of the Resurrection 3315 Greencastle Road, Burtonsville, MD 20866 at 11 AM, followed by interment at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to the organization that advances the mission for which Paul fought so very hard: The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society ( for Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) research.

Francis J. Collins Funeral Home, Inc.
500 University Blvd. West
Silver Spring, MD 20901

Phone: 301.593.9500