Vera Geeske Carlton (nee Nuyen)
August 2, 1926 – April 22, 2014
Vera Geeske Carlton passed away peacefully on April 22 with Penny and Roy Dutton at her side. Predeceased by her loving husband John Wyndham Carlton (Poppi), and by her brothers Gerrit, Kees, & her sister Klaske. Vera Geeske is survived by her stepchildren by marriage and their extended families. Philip (Suzanne, Tania and Ryan and their families), Nigel (Carole, Lindsay and Lesley and their families), Penny Dutton (Roy, Christopher and Jeffrey and their families), Hugh (Elizabeth and Jillian). Vera Geeske Carlton is also survived by her relatives in the Netherlands (Holland); Hannes de Groot and Femmy de Groot; Albert, Nynke de Groot and family; Joop de Groot; Thea van Wees-Nuijen, Ingrid Nuijen, and Hermen de Groot.
Growing up in Leeuwarden, Vera survived the German occupation of the Netherlands, and often enthralled our family with stories of the life and times under the occupation. Upon immigrating to Canada, Vera Geeske settled in Edmonton and worked as a nurse practioner for Dr. Murenbeeld who, along with his wife and family became lifelong friends of Vera Geeske. As one would anticipate, Vera Geeske provided support and caring to many patients. After marrying John in 1970, she found her calling as a library assistant with the Calgary Board of Education, serving in two elementary schools in Calgary (Bel-Air and Braeside). Vera Geeske had saved many pictures and notes from students who came in contact with her.
John and Geeske retired to the beautiful Qualicum Beach area in 1987, becoming part of the community through the Memorial Golf Club and the Royal Canadian Legion, and making many new friends.
The family would like to thank Drs. McClure and Haslett for their care and attention to Vera Geeske over the years and especially after the onset of her dementia. We would also like to extend our thanks to all the staff at Eagle Park Care Facility in Qualicum Beach, especially those in the Green Wing, for your care, compassion and support during Vera Geeske’s time with you.
At Vera Geeske’s request, a graveside memorial and celebration of her life
will be held on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 2:30pm at the Qualicum Beach
Municipal Cemetery 867 Jones Street Qualicum Beach, B,
prior to her internment with her husband John’s ashes.
In lieu of flowers at Vera Geeske’s request donations may be made to the
Canadian Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Association.