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ULMER – Hermina (nee Pluimers)

September 30, 1953 – June 3, 2011

After living a wonderful life that enriched the lives of many, Hermina passed away peacefully on June 3, 2011 with her cherished husband, Ralph at her side.

She is survived by the “tiny love of her life”, grandson Grayson; step-son Shaun and his wife Sonia; sister-in-law Betty; brothers, Dick Pluimers and wife Marilyn, George Pluimers and wife Carol, Al Pluimers and wife Kathy; sisters, Jane Vanoosterom and husband Rick, Yetty Bondy and husband Jim and Dorothy Pluimers; brother-in-law Calvin Ulmer and wife Shirley; sister-in-law Lorraine Ulmer and partner Bill Allan; and numerous nieces and nephews who lovingly referred to her as Aunt Mien. Hermina was predeceased by her parents John and Hermine Pluimers and brother John Pluimers.

While her life was cut short, Hermina lived life to the fullest, sharing her love of family and friends. After retirement her love of learning culminated in achieving her PhD in 2006.

A Celebration of Hermina’s Life will be held at Hope Lutheran Church (3527 Boulton Road N.W.) on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. and the Church of the Epiphany, Main Street in Kingsville, ON on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 (time to be determined). Graveside Service will be held at the Neudorf Cemetery on Friday, June 10, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, donations to a cancer charity of your choice would be appreciated.

In living memory of Hermina Ulmer, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200.

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  1. Murray & Pat Pratt :

    To Ralph & Family:
    Our heart breaks with the news of Herm’s passing. However, I know that memories have no time span and our memories will keep fresh all the good times in our heart and we will have to wait until we see Herm again.
    Ralph we will be thinking of you and will say a special pray this Sunday for you and all the family. God Bless you and keep you close at this sad time.

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  2. Truus & Jan Waterink-Pluimers :

    We are writing to extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family. We were so very sad to hear about Hermina’s passing awy, she was such a wonderful woman.

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  3. Ina Meijer-Nijhuis :

    On behalf of the family in Holland Wierden I’d like to send condolences for the death of Hermina and wish you lots of strength in this difficult time. We are with you in mind and regret once again that the distance in these situations is so very far between us. Again all the best for everyone.

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  4. Sandi & Glen Holden (Mitch & Lia) :

    Aunt Mien was an amazing inspiration to us all. Losing her presence here will be hard for so many as we always looked forward to her visits to Ontario. We send all our love to you Uncle Ralph and thank you for loving her so completely. To Aunt Yetty: thank you for being her “keeper” during her battle–we all know she wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. <3

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  5. Colleen Kawalilak :

    I am deeply saddened by this news. I met Hermina when she enrolled in one of my graduate classes as a PhD student. She was a joy and an inspiration. Her love of life and thoughtful and unique perspective richly contributed to our learning environment. After completing her PhD, I asked Hermina if she would consider teaching in our graduate program. Her presence and deep knowledge, coupled with her compassion and sensitivity made a significant difference in the lives of many. She touched my life in profound ways. She was, is, and will always be a gift to all of us.

    My warmest regards to Hermina’s family
    Dr. Colleen Kawalilak
    Faculty of Education
    University of Calgary

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  6. I. Jay Tuason :

    Ralph, I was so very sorry to hear about Hermina’s passing. My deepest sympathies are with you and your family.

    Hermina was a wonderful friend and mentor. I will always remember our long talks, her wonderful smile, her quiet wisdom, and her unwavering support and friendship. She will be missed

    God Bless

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  7. Verna and George Froese :

    Our heartfelt condolences on Hermina’s passing. We wish you God’s comforting hand as you hold dear her memory.
    George and Verna Froese

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  8. Grant Martens :

    My condolences to you all with the passing away of Hermina. She was a fantastic person and always there for you when you needed her. I have fond memories of when her and Yetty used to come over and stay with our family in Toronto when we were kids. She also was a big help in helping me choose all of my elective courses for my first year at university. She will be missed. Thinking of you all and wishing you much strength in the days ahead.

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  9. Leona McComish & Family :

    Ralph, I am so sorry to hear of Hermina’s passing. She was an amazing lady and I know both of you were so proud of her many accomplishments. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

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  10. Jay & Darlene K. :

    Shaun & Sonia,
    Please accept our condolences. I know your hearts are breaking now in this time of sorrow, please know our thoughts & prayers are with you this week. I realize even knowing Hermina is in a better place does not help the hurt you feel today. I know she will be greatly missed and forever remain in your hearts.

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  11. Gordon & Ursula Maurer :

    Ursula & I wish to extend our most heartfelt sympathy to you and your family,
    Our thoughts and Prayers are with you.

    Gordon & Ursula Maurer

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  12. Kenneth & Anne Gibbens :

    We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to you and your family. We knew Hermina for only a short time but she was such a gracious lady. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Kenneth & Anne Gibbens

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  13. Art & Laurette Bender :

    Ralph and family:

    We are truly sorry to hear of your loss and send our deepest sympathy.

    Art & Laurette Bender

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  14. Kim (McDowell) McMullen :

    Ralph…I am so sorry to hear of Hermina’s passing…she was a light extinguished far too soon. My thoughts are with you.

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  15. Albert and Willy Martens :

    Ralph and Family, our condolences to you with Hermina’s passing. We have fond memmories of her visits years ago and later on as a university student and still later as a great person to talk to. She had a lot of the great qualities of her father and she has been a fine cousin. We will miss her. Ralph, we also wish you God’s blessings and strength in the days ahead.
    Albert and Willy and Family

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  16. Karl Tiefenbach :

    Ralph, please know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time of deep loss. Karl and Kathy

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  17. Mark & Katherine Duke :

    Ralph & family,
    Katherine & I offer our condolences to you on the loss of such a wonderful person. We’ll always remember the fun we had at Luther events & how with the Tiefenbachs we seemed to all have found our way to the “rowdy” table with all of the laughter & great stories. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.

    Mark & Katherine Duke

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  18. dale hillmer :

    Ralph, I was shocked to hear of Hermina’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. If you will be spending some time at the lake when things settle down give me a call and we can get together

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  19. Lesley Fransen-Heyink :

    Dear Ralph and family, We are so sorry for your loss. I remember Hermien as an older and cool cousin. We had a lot of fun together way back in the day on Puccini Drive. I thank her for the music. I found these word and thought this says it all.”What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch, we may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget.” Take Care of yourselves.
    Sincerely, Lesley

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  20. Dennis and Valerie Anderson :

    Ralph and family:

    We are so saddened by the news of your loss of Hermina. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  21. Caroline Brodie :

    Hermien welcomed me to the CDSL family on October 2, 1989. She took me under her wing to learn what was involved in being part of a great team. I remember very long days and weekends working with her on the Ministry of Health Ontario proposal while listening to The Phantom of the Opera sound track blaring as loud as possible on the cassette player while Hermien danced through the aisles to burn off energy at 1:00a.m.on Saturday night. She always had a smile on her face, a twinkle in her eye and a huge heart for life. What a great woman to have had the pleasure to have known. Ralph, I know that you have lost the love of your life…but imagine what your life would have been without her. You were soulmates and blessed to be together. Deepest sympathy to you and your families.

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  22. Barb Flewwelling :

    Dear Ralph and extended family, I am shocked and saddened to hear of Hermina’s passing. She has such a huge influence on me during the CDSL days, I learned so much from her. We also had a lot of fun, I can still hear her booming laugh. Family was always first for Hermina, especially the children, and my heart is aching for you all. Sincerely Barb Flewwelling

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  23. Kathy MacKenzie :

    Ralph and family/the entire Pluimers family:
    My very deepest sympathy to all of you on the loss of a remarkable lady. I didn’t get to see Hermina often but always enjoyed the times our paths crossed. I am so grateful to have seen her in October at Matt’s wedding and gone to dinner with all the local ladies before she headed back to Calgary.
    Cherish the memories and the legacy she has left to all who loved her.

    Sincerely,
    Kathy (an Ontario friend)

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  24. sandra & jerry halyk :

    Our deepest sympathy on your loss. Hermie had many wonderful attributes that we all enjoyed. Our most sincere condolences. SANDRA & JERRY HALYK

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  25. Linda Tokevich :

    Ralph, I am so sorry for your loss. Herm had a zest for life that was infectious, and she wore it well. She was a great boss and a good friend and truly one of a kind.

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  26. Donna & Mike Haley :

    Ralph and all of Herm’s family
    Our sincerest sympathies. There are no words to express how deeply saddened we are. We have lost a very special lady. She has been a very dear friend and a wonderful mentor. Our sincerest sympathies, thoughts and love to you!
    Sincerely
    Donna & Mike

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  27. Bob Delaney :

    I join with those who send their condolences and sympathies to Ralph Ulmer on the loss of Hermien. She had a natural instinct for marketing, and an intuitive feel for what motivates people to act. She was a quick study, and a capable administrator. Her level-headed good humour and sense of mischief made working with Hermien, and knowing her, a joy. There wasn’t a day we didn’t, or couldn’t share a laugh. I will miss her.

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  28. Joan Bowden :

    Ralph and family,

    I also am deeply saddened by the passing of this wonderful lady.

    I still remember when she was hired at CDSL many years ago. Along came this beautiful, tall, smart, deep sexy voiced woman with the quick wit and zest for life. She was a delight then and I gather, a delight her entire life.

    “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away”.

    Herm had the good fortune to be deeply loved by Ralph and many others. Her’s was a life well lived. May her mmemories bring you much comfort and eventually, joy.

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  29. Ellen ricks and Mike Ricks :

    Hermina’s Bubbly personality will always be in our thoughtss as well as the last time we saw her and Ralph at a Blue Jay game.

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  30. To: Ralph and family

    Like so many others, I am deeply saddened by the loss of Hermina. I am so sorry for your loss. I know you will value the treasured memories of your life with her.
    Orv

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