Eleonora Klijsen
(1939 - 2018)

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Eleonora Klijsen
Nickname: Noor

Birth:
Netherlands
October 18, 1939

Passing:
British Columbia
April 25, 2018


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Our mother, wife, sister, oma, and friend passed away April 25 after a brief battle with lung cancer. Noor was a remarkable woman who had more friends than the whole family combined. She was never negative, always cheerful, and constantly on the go visiting people and exploring on her bike where she was a colourful presence on the White Rock Peninsula.

We will miss her dearly.

We are having a Celebration of Eleanor (Noor) Klijsen on Sunday Aug 5th at noon in Redwood Park (17900 20 Ave, Surrey, BC). We will be at one of the three covered picnic table near the playground. Please bring your own chair and drop in to share your stories and memories of Noor. Some food and beverages will be provided.

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We are having a Celebration of Eleanor Klijsen on Sunday Aug 5th at noon in Redwood Park (17900 20 Ave, Surrey, BC). We will be at one of the three covered picnic tables near the playground. Please bring your own chair and drop in to share your stories and memories of Eleanor. Some food and beverages will be provided.
Bram Klijsen (Son)
June 13th, 2018
Dear Noortje, friend and super wife for 55 years,
I am so sad that when you were in the hospital bed and you started talking I could not properly communicate as I was in such a deep sorrow and grief that my voice was blocked by emotions. Your eyes were screaming for help and I could not give it to you. I was knocked down by my sorrow for you. You squeezed my hand and all I could do was squeeze yours. You gave me a signal that you understood me. No time to say thank you in big, fat character the bigger the better. Thank you Noortje you were a darling without borders. The best thing that ever happen to me was finding you, let’s talk about our first encounter.
It was a Saturday night at a party to celebrate a birthday in Kaatsheuvel (NL). You came in and I had you instantly in my vizier. We danced and danced literally the night away. No other man had a chance. And we danced. The next morning, it was now Sunday, we met and in the afternoon and I asked you “Do you want to marry me?” And no hesitation at all you said “yes”. Done deal........not so. Those very little things popped up and were one after the other simply solved. That is how we did that and the next 50 or 60 years. Nothing could crash our plans and our marriage later. She became the mother of all mothers and later the super oma!
I developed a serious handicap as my hearing became a problem. In social garderings as becoming chair of the Dutch Businessman Association, or chair of Haro Park, a large senior citizens park. I have rejected many jobs. At the end the first analog hearing aid came on the market and an other. Then came the digital aid. Three or four sets later a blue-tooth came on the market, much better than the previous but still not good enough to accept leadership jobs.
Back to Noortje,
She never complained about the above handicap. To compensate I started cooking on a big scale. We bought all the equipment for the kitchen and for our brewery. Yes, we made and bottled 110.000 bottles. (The first batch won the 1st price as the best home brewed lager in B.C.) And the kitchen, we invited next to our friends our children with their kids. For 25 years Noortje and I cooked weekly for seven, then eight, then nine and finally ten people. With a great variety and adjusted to various tastes. Noortje enjoyed it every Sunday and cleaned it up. The chef was always excused! The food was exotic, delicious, and few failures.
Noortje was an excellent partner and could, if necessary even get furious.
It happen when Barbie (18) who had a boyfriend and wanted to marry in another church. She went to the pastor of our church. He was not very helpful and was furious when he found out that they lived together as the boyfriend was accepted by Noortje and me.The priest then told Barbie that she was a child of the devil. When Barbie told the story to mam, she jumped on her bike and went to that priest. She told the priest that we make our decision and how he dared to call her a child of the devil while the priest was looking out of the window! Noortje said
“Father Fegan don’t look out of that window, look me in the eyes” that was it. It was then soon finished and she married in the church of her choice. Barbie got 3 children and is happily married for 35 years.
She has a tremendous business.
Noortje asked Barbie not to leave her ashes in a closet and we, on
May 27 we set her ashes by at the cedar tree of her choice.
You can find Noortje at: 49*02’50’’N 122*49’03.7’’W
Noortje Rest In Peace. We all loved you dearly.
Ad and the whole gang.


Ad Klijsen (Husband)
May 29th, 2018
Tijdenlang heb ik gespeurd naar een adres van jullie. Wat erg dat ik nu het contact op deze manier moet leggen. Wij schrokken van de ad in het ED en ik zou niets liever doen dan een e-mail adres van jullie te kennen om verder contact te hebben. Zou jij, Ad, dat willen? Laat het ons weten. Veel lieve groeten, Jeanne en Nico, terug in Nederland (Veldhoven).
nico & jeanne de wal (Bellfires)
May 21st, 2018
Lieve Ad, Barbie, Bram en familie.
Van harte gecondoleerd met het grote verlies van jullie lieve Noor. So deeply sad.
Het was rond het jaar 2000 dat mijn Nederlandse schoolvriendin uit Vancouver Noor ontmoette als Zwarte Piet op een Nederlands sinterklaasfeest. Ze raakten aan de praat en het toeval was dat ze ontdekten beiden uit Tilburg te komen. Toen Noor vertelde in de Goirkestraat te hebben gewoond, reageerde mijn vriendin enthousiast: "Ken jij Hanneke de Cock dan ook?" "Jazeker!" was het antwoord van Noor en er volgde een reuze leuke dag met veel herinneringen aan Tilburg.
Niet lang daarna maakten Lex en ik een reis naar Vancouver en hebben we opnieuw contact gezocht en jullie kunnen bezoeken. Wat was het heerlijk om herinneringen op te halen, met name aan de tijd dat de ouders van Noor, onze dierbare Oom Willy en tante Zus, heel intens bevriend waren met mijn ouders.
Noor en Ad, jullie waren een rolmodel voor elke jonge puber: knappe mensen, intens verliefd. Ik zag het allemaal aan, in de Hoogstraat al en in Zoutelande, waar we heerlijke zomers beleefden.
Wat me als jong kind daarvan bij is gebleven, is dat onze ouders altijd enorm plezier hadden. Wat was het gezellig daar in die grote legertent en wat waren er altijd veel jongens om die drie mooie meiden van Kerssemakers het hof te maken...
Zo leuk om na al die jaren weer contact te hebben gekregen. Wat een droefenis om te moeten horen van je ziekte. Je mailde me nog het niet te bevatten en je was vast van plan om de nieuwe banden die je op je fiets had laten zetten te gaan benutten....
Het mocht niet zo zijn.
Je zult enorm gemist worden, mooie vrouw, prachtig mens.
Het was een eer je te hebben gekend.
Tot ziens,
Hanneke Lemmens de Cock
Hanneke Lemmens de Cock (Goirkestraat)
May 16th, 2018
Beste Ad en kinderen,
Veel sterkte met het verwerken van het verlies van Noor.
Maaike van Huijkelom
buurmeisje van vroeger uit de Goirkestraat, Tilburg
Maaike van Huijkelom
May 15th, 2018
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"To have known you is a blessing; your cheerful attitude lifted my spirits whenever we met. I shall remember you pedalling your bike around White Rock & your great enthusiasm at pickleball. Take care, Noor! xoxo"
Anita Ewart
May 5th, 2018
"Vandaag geen telefoontje van je Noor. Voor het eerst in lange jaren niet. Dat was heel stil."
Thijs Kerssemakers
April 28th, 2018
"Today I took Emi to the coffee shop in Port Moody that we went to earlier this year. Remember Oma, where she wouldn't stop shaking your box of tic-tacs until they spilled everywhere on the floor! That was such a fun day. I miss you. April 27, 2018"
Jaide McFarlane
April 28th, 2018
"I really missed you yesterday when we were all gathered for dinner."
Bram Klijsen
April 27th, 2018

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