BAKKER-PAULUSSEN, Cornelia Theodora Maria 'Lia' - Died peacefully at home on October 1, 2016 in Peterborough, Ontario.
Born on June 3, 1920 in Bergeijk, Netherlands to the late Maria and Jan Paulussen, she lived a full and satisfying 96 years. Trained as a nurse during World War II, Lia received a medal from Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands for her service with the Dutch Army in Indonesia. After she moved to Canada in 1952, she continued her nursing career at Mt Sinai Hospital in Toronto. Lia also volunteered with the Canadian Red Cross, treating victims of the Moroccan earthquake in 1960 and Algerian refugees in 1964.
Lia and her late husband, Pieter (Bob) Bakker, moved to Peterborough in 1986, after having spent several years living in the family cottage on Stoney Lake.
Over the years, Lia and Pieter travelled frequently to the Netherlands to see family and friends, to India, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Mexico, and the United States. They especially enjoyed their visits to family in the United States; they were a very important part of weddings, baptisms, graduations, and many Christmas festivities.
After her husband's death in 1993, Lia continued to enjoy her friends and family. She took great pleasure in their visits to the cottage. Being able to spend time with her great-grandchildren, who all adored their "Great Oma," was singularly gratifying.
In addition to her parents, Lia was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, older sisters, Maria Boost-Paulussen, Jacoba Boost-Paulussen, and Sister Willibrord Paulussen, younger sister Paula Metzemaekers-Paulussen, and younger brother, Gerard Paulussen.
She is survived by her brother Jan Paulussen (Netty) of Bergeijk, Netherlands, her step-daughter Marie-Jose Derdeyn (Andre) of Lovingston, Virginia; step-grandchildren Colin P. Derdeyn (Susan) of Iowa City, Iowa, Sylvie Derdeyn Robinson (John) of Madison, Mississippi, Catherine Derdeyn Little (Ashford) of Atlanta, Georgia, Matthew L. Derdeyn of St. Louis, Missouri (Catherine), and Michael E. Derdeyn (Molly) of Charlottesville, Virginia; step-great grandchildren William Derdeyn of Madison, Wisconsin, Pieter Derdeyn of Westwood, California, Madeleine Robinson of Oxford, Mississippi, Colin B. Derdeyn of Boston, Massachusetts, Jack Robinson of Sewanee, Tennessee, Margaret Derdeyn of South Bend, Indiana, Nathan, Davis and Amalie Little of Atlanta, Georgia, Ned and Lia Derdeyn of Charlottesville, Virginia, Clay, Charlotte and Abigail Derdeyn of St. Louis, Missouri.
She also leaves behind many beloved nieces and nephews and devoted friends, especially Jessica Docherty, Doreen Jaquith, Susan Baxter, Nel Massaar and Linda Beardmore of Peterborough.
Lia will be remembered for her perception, generosity, practicality, and her appreciation of whimsy.
The family will attend a private burial. A gathering to honor her memory will be held on Saturday November 12th at 11:00 am at the Comstock-Kaye Life Celebration Centre, 356 Rubidge Street, Peterborough, Ontario. Tributes to Lia will take place at 11:30.
In lieu of flowers, those desiring may contribute to Hospice Peterborough, 439 Rubidge Street, Peterborough, ON K9H 4E4.
The family gives special thanks to Dr. John Beamish and Dr. Rodrigo Deluna and their staffs.