Geertje Schuler (nee Koopman) passed away peacefully on Sun., Nov. 22, 2015 at Brockville General Hospital. She was 87.
Geertje was born in Emmen, The Netherlands, on May 3, 1928, to her parents, Anne and Elziena Koopman (nee Wonders). She was a strong and independent woman. An orphan at the age of 12, Geertje, along with her brothers and sisters, survived the Second World War, living in The Netherlands while under German occupation. On Nov. 24, 1950, she married Jan Schuler. In 1959, Geertje and Jan immigrated to Canada with their young children in tow. On arriving in Canada, the family first settled in the Ottawa area, then moved to farms in Ormond, Crysler, and Chesterville. No stranger to hard work, Geertje worked on the farm, and then cleaning houses. After her husband died in 1978, she moved to Renfrew. In 1991, she moved to an apartment in the Christian Seniors Co-op on Viewmount Drive in Ottawa, where she lived for 24 years. Family was of the utmost importance to Geertje, and she was surrounded by loved ones in her final days.
She was predeceased by her husband, Jan Schuler (Oct. 10, 1978). She is survived by her sons, Henry (Betty) of Renfrew, Hans (Alice) of Chesterville, John (Connie) of Brockville, and daughter Margaret Feddema (Ed) of Gananoque. Oma will be fondly remembered by 14 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren. She was the dear sister of Elziena Vander Heide, Grietje Koopman, and Annie Tenhoor; and was predeceased by her sisters, Miena Kroase and Lammie Jakobs, and her brothers, Karl and Hendrik Koopman, all of The Netherlands. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Tues., Nov. 24 from 7 to 9 pm. The funeral service was held at Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church on Wed., Nov. 25 at 11am with Pastor John Noordhof officiating. Interment at New Union Cemetery in Williamsburg followed the service. The pallbearers and honourary pallbearers were Oma’s 14 grandchildren.