Mrs. Neeltjie

Mrs. Neeltjie "Nellie" Wilhelmina Buys (Jungerius)

Friday, March 1st, 1935 - Sunday, November 24th, 2019
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It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Nellie Buys on Nov 24th/19 concluding a difficult journey with dementia. Throughout her journey , my mom was able to retain her sense of humour, her insatiable appetite for sweets and her readiness to greet one with a smile and hoo hoo.

Neeltje Wilhelmina Jungerius was born in Rijnsburg Nederland where she met and married Hank Buys, Mar 8th, 1960. Shortly after her Wedding Day she bravely left her family to immigrate to Canada to start a new life with her husband. My Mom was my Dad's right hand,perhaps motivated by her appetite for sweets, by supporting him in following his dream of owning and operating the Current River Bakery till 1978, and then the Park St Cafe until its unfortunate end by fire in 1987. My Mom then went on to continue helping people by working for Red Cross Homemaking till retirement. Retirement involved many laps around Boulevard with Pebbles, many excursions to Grand Portage and Hinkley with Laura Vanderwees, and joyful times spent out at camp with her family, Gerry, Herman, Ada and Max.

My mom was an active participant in her grandchildren's lives, proudly watching them accomplish each milestone of childhood, always ready to keep them in line and had an endless supply of peppermints in hand for cheering up. My Mom always enjoyed a glass of wine and a hearty giggle. She looked forward to any social event and especially enjoyed traveling when she had the opportunity.

Nellie will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Maryann Buys, grandchildren, Brandin of Regina, Summer and spouse Curtis, and Oma's little cheerleader Ocean, brother Joop and Henny Jungerius of Holland, in laws Ada and Max Kok, Gerry and Herman Vanduyn and numerous nieces and nephews in Thunder Bay and Holland. Nellie is predeceased by her husband, Hank Buys, brother, Anton Jungerius of Holland and sadly too many other precious relatives of Holland to list but with whom she has now reunited with.

The family would like to express deep gratitude and appreciation to my Mom's Hogarth family for all the care and love you've shown over the years. We would like to thank the wonderful caring volunteers of Hospice Northwest that were there for Mom and family, and to all others that assisted in supporting Mom.

Services in honour of Nellie Buys will take place Dec 2/19 at St Stephen the Martyr Anglican Church , 494 Leslie Ave at 1:30 pm. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Hospice Northwest, 63 Carrie St or online at will be greatly appreciated.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Simpler Times Cremation Centre, 332 North May Street, Thunder Bay.
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    Monday, December 2nd, 2019 | 1:30pm
    Monday, December 2nd, 2019 1:30pm
    St. Stephen's Anglican Church
    Corner of Arundel and Leslie, Current River.


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Laura Vander Wees

Posted at 01:40pm
Maryann and family
So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing.
Maryann the last few years have not been easy for you. Not many children could be able to do what you did for your Mom
I know she appreciated everything you did.
Nellie was a very good friend and now after a few very difficult years for her she can rest in peace
Laura Vander Wees


Posted at 12:35pm
A very kind lady and family friend whom we always referred to as Auntie. Many fond memories of days at Sibley Park as well as the bakery. And that wonderful dog Dribble. Always good for a laugh and a smile. Best wishes to Maryann and family.

Rob Vander Wees

Yolanda Geuze-Vooys

Posted at 10:05pm
Maryann - give you a hug with the passing of your loved mother.
I am a daughter of your mothers-cousin and live in New Zealand.
Joop's wife Henny let me know about her passing.
I have often wondered how you were all getting on over there in Thunder Bay.
I visited your mum & dad in 1979 - so of course met you to. You probably don't remember.
I remember visiting the cafe and I think we ate there once or twice.
Had a lovely time meeting my dads cousin and her family and have a few memories in my memory bank.....
Wish you well as you grieve for your precious mum.
I'm just trying to figure out ...... Your Oma was my Tante Annie, -- my dad's sister. So, your mum & my dad were cousins.
Love Yolanda - In New Zealand.

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