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127 Church Street
P.O. Box 370
Almonte, ON K0A 1A0
Phone: 1-613-256-3313
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Els Geuer

Els Geuer (Vermeij)

Saturday, June 11th, 1921 - Sunday, April 4th, 2021
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Geuer (nee Vermeij),
June 11, 1921 – April 4, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Mother and Oma, Els Geuer, in her 100th year. Much loved wife of the late Juan (John, Hans) Geuer, mother to Caterina (Sage), Fred (Vicki), Wendy (Vern), Sunniva (Matthew), Monica (Chris), Agnes (Wayne), Steve (Lisa); grandmother to Suusa (Jos), Jude (Carina), Noah (Maki), Rosie (Alex), Johanna(Chris), Jasmine (Brandon), Josie (John), Jake (Emily), Jessica (Tim), Paul (Sarah), Thomas(Julianne) , Matthew (Lindsay), Mieke (Scott), Lucas (Nashira), Evan, Mark (Sarah), Andrew (Tanya), Brittany (Paul), Sierra (Ryan), Paris (Mike); and great-grandmother to thirteen.

Els is predeceased by her parents Jan Vermeij and Johanna Boom-Vermeij, her brother Arnold, sister Clara, her husband Juan, sons Francis and Joseph and son-in-law David.

Els loved life. She embraced Almonte as her home after immigrating to Canada with her husband and three children. Els worked at the Almonte Public Library for 30 years, volunteered on the Library Board and as a book repair expert. She also volunteered with the Brownies and Girl Guides, the CWL, served on the board of the Children’s Aid Society, the AGH auxiliary and was instrumental in establishing a day care in Almonte, and the Almonte in Concert series.

After raising her children her focus turned to her extraordinary garden where she welcomed friends and strangers to sit and relax and perhaps be lucky enough to join her for a cup of tea and cookies, and to discover the magic and serenity of what she had created. Els had a unique ability to cultivate friendships with people of all ages and walks of life.
Els was never idle. During the winters she cross-stitched Christmas stockings for our ever growing family, created newborn receiving blankets for family and friends and warm shawls for cancer patients.

In honor of Els, her family suggests you take a box picnic to the local park on a sunny day, admire a beautiful garden, feed the birds, support a local cause dear to your heart, have tea and cookies on your front porch with friends, or strike up a conversation with a stranger.

Many thanks to the staff of Fairview Manor for their care over the past years and to Sweatergang Companions, particularly Angela McArthur for her love and compassion to Mom and our family.
If you wish to make a donation in memory of Els, she requested donations be made to Doctors Without Borders ( or to a charity of your choice.
A Private Family Visitation will be held.

I was full of joy, when I set out for the house of the Lord.
May peace be within your walls, and may all your homes be filled with joy.
May joy fill our hearts today, as we celebrate in faith and love.

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Posted at 11:44am
How many changes did we ring in over the years as the Almonte Public Library continually reinvented itself as it worked toward the new building and an entirely new library at its present location. Those were the days! As one of the original staff members when the library was handed off from Elizabeth Kelly to Marcia Shannon in 1975, Els and I and a number of others worked closely together to get a library that was in need of rehabilitation off the ground, up and running and moving full speed ahead. The restorations never seemed to falter. There was always more to be done, and it was our job to see it through. Els passing is the end of an era that has seen many changes. Gone are the paper systems and now computer systems are the order of the day. While this does speed the work and simplifies keeping the many records that libraries create, something has been lost in the process. Getting a book is now the function of a system whereas, once upon a time, it used to be the result of a conversation and an exchange of ideas. If there are libraries in heaven, I'm sure that Els is busy straightening them up, getting them in order and setting flowers out to make sure their surroundings are attractive. Ave atque vale: hail and farewell. Els, you have made your mark in many ways. Thank you and Goodspeed to the realms of eternity where the work, in whatever form it's found, continues to take shape and lead the way.

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Terri Clarke

Posted at 12:03pm
My sincere condolences to the family on the passing of Els.
I feel very lucky that my path crossed with hers over the years. Her soft voice, magnificent garden tours, stories of her life, and pride in her children and  grandchildren always left me feeling lighter and balanced. Our afternoons of knitting and stitching are treasured memories.

Susan Thurston

Posted at 08:31am
To the Geuer family

Thinking of you all at this time. Your Mother was truly a lovely person.

Susan Thurston

Sharon Newton

Posted at 02:25pm
To the Geuer family--
Rob and I were saddened to hear that Els had passed away. She truly was a special lady and one we should all aspire to be like. She will be missed.
Sharon and Rob Newton

Deborah Pichie

Posted at 01:35pm
Dear Wendy and family, Barry and I send our deepest sympathies at the passing of your Mother. When we were neighbours you spoke often of your mom and her determination to remain independent. Her outdoor Christmas lights and the large lighted star were admired by her neighbours and a beacon of love and hope for people strolling by her home during Advent & Christmas seasons of the past. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

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