Aaltje (Ellen) Meppelder

Aaltje (Ellen) Meppelder

Wednesday, January 5th, 1927 - Sunday, April 11th, 2021
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Aaltje Reindina Meppelder (Boerema), known to many as Ellen, passed away peacefully at the age of 94,
on April 11, 2021, at St. Lawrence Lodge in Brockville, Ontario. Mum was preceded in death by her
beloved husband, our father, the late Geert (Gerry) Meppelder in 1984.

Mum was born and raised in Groningen, Netherlands, a daughter of the late Christoffer and Anna Maria
Boerema. Mum and Dad relocated with their young family to Canada in February of 1955. Throughout her
life, Mum was devoted to her family. Her passions included knitting and crocheting. During her time at
the Lodge she knitted lap blankets for the other residents at Christmas. She enjoyed the company of the
other residents in the dining room and particularly enjoyed watching The Food Channel. Mum was a
strong, determined and independent woman. We will miss her every day.

Ellen was the cherished mother to five children, Betty Salmon (Garland), Mary Watt (Robert), Ellen
Purvis (Neil), John Meppelder (Cathy) and Fenna Jenkins (Matthew). She was a loving Oma to Jeanette
Salmon (Tim DeDekker), Gordon (Tracey) Meppelder, Jennifer (Rob) Elia, Christopher Salmon (Rebecka
Allen), Sheri (Matt) Simon, Julianna Watt (Dave Polk), Kristen (Scott) Murray, Nicole (Darryl) Hartley
and Melissa Jenkins (Rob Carr) and 16 great-grandchildren. Ellen is survived by two brothers, Harm and
Christoffer (Reina) Boerema and a sister, Teuntje Schuil (Boerema), all residing in the Netherlands. She is
also survived by her sister-in-law, Christien Meppelder Hogeveen and several nieces and nephews. She
was predeceased by her brother Henk and sister Gina. Ellen is fondly remembered by a very good
Caregiver and friend, Sheila Waldrif. Special thanks to Lisa Harper (Director of Care, St. Lawrence Lodge
LTC), the nursing staff and the PSWs who cared for and ensured her comfort while in palliative care at the

Arrangements are entrusted to the Irvine Memorial Chapel at Roselawn, Maitland, Ontario. A private family
memorial will be held at a later date, to be determined.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Mental Health Association or the Canadian Cancer Society would be gratefully acknowledged.

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Damian & Isabella

Posted at 05:55pm
Oma, you may be gone from our sight, but never from our hearts.
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Erna Harper

Posted at 06:09pm
So sorry for the loss of your Mom. Losing a Mother is never easy. Thinking of all of you, with many fond memories. Erna , Irene and Family

Renata Vydrová Kimmerly

Posted at 05:58pm
Dear Ellen and Neil, family - we are so sorry to hear about your mum's passing. Please accept our sincere and deep sympathies. Rob and Renata Kimmerly

Paddy Brayton

Posted at 05:58pm
Neil and Ellen and family,

Although we did not know your mother we know what it is like to lose a parent and in-law. It is never easy but knowing that friends are thinking of you as you navigate this season in life will hopefully ease the burden of grief you are no doubt overwhelmed with. Neil it has been years since we’ve seen one another but know that Wayne and I are thinking of you all in your time of sorrow. Cherish the memories!

Wayne and Paddy Brayton


Sheila Waldrif

Posted at 05:39pm
So sorry for the loss off Mum , Love and prayers & thoughts are with you always. She was a special lady in my life ,and l am so grateful that l had the opportunity to know her , and care for her in her home .She was a Mom to me ,l could talk to her about anything , and she always had the answer for me. she was the kindness and loving person, we have great memories. At her home when l went there first thing was we had to have a (Dutch coffee), and my visits to the Lodge with coffee, and of course her favorite donut (Boston Cream donut). Covid stopped the visits at the Lodge. But did not stop our phone visits every night. she will be forever in my heart. and will miss her dearly, and loved her so much. Love Sheila Waldrif.

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