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Janny (Jansje Pieternella) Looy



Janny’s life was full of challenges that she met with determination, optimism, and faith. She was born in Scheveningen, the Netherlands, the third of four children and the only daughter. The family lived through WWII, and Janny was instrumental in keeping her family fed—a difficult and dangerous task—during the occupation years. Janny was eager to learn and enjoyed school. To her disappointment, her parents did not believe girls should attend high school, so instead she received training in home economics and also earned qualifications in tailoring. In May 1953 she married Anthony (Tony) Looy, who was a boarder in her parents’ home, and a short 3 weeks later they emigrated to Canada seeking new opportunities. In 1954 and 1955 daughters Wilna and Janice arrived. Those early years were difficult indeed. Janny worked very hard, often at multiple jobs, to support the family. In 1963 son Anthony was born.

In the 1980s Janny became the manager of a Phildar wool shop in Kingston, Ontario, and ran the store very successfully for several years. She then became the owner of a doughnut and coffee shop, and worked long hours to prepare the food and run the store. She was loved by her many regular customers, who knew if they asked for an item that wasn’t on the menu, she would find a way to make it for them, and if they were lonely or had a story to tell, she would gladly listen.

In 1996 she and Tony moved to Edmonton to be closer to family. Janny plunged into involvement in Fellowship Christian Reformed Church, the Beacon Thrift Store, and the King’s Guild, and quickly made many good friends. She was known to adopt families who needed an Oma. Her generosity was renowned, and she loved nothing better than to find treasures in thrift stores or on sale to delight the hearts of her children, grandchildren, and adopted grandchildren. She benefitted so many through her ability with handwork of various kinds—knitting, crocheting, sewing, embroidery and baking. Her many friends in Summit Village called her the “Flying Nun” for her energy and tender care, as she cooked, baked, sewed, cleaned, and helped care for many.

For several years she faithfully cared for Tony as he increasingly suffered from dementia, until his death in the spring of 2010. She enjoyed the new freedom of her life the past two years, traveling and becoming even more involved in the community. When she was diagnosed with metastatic ovarian/peritoneal cancer in the fall of 2012, she was determined to stay optimistic, and to live her life as fully as possible. She even fulfilled a longtime dream of travelling to Prince Edward Island for a week, just weeks before she died. When she realized that death was coming near, she grieved and then, with her usual determination and impatience, told it to hurry up! Her generosity and kindness were returned in abundance through the loving care of many friends and family.

She leaves behind 3 children, 8 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, with 1 more on the way!
Wilna (Alain)
Daniel (Jodene) with Jaxson, Rayne, Rhéal, Christophe (Arien) with Léa, Olivier, Sara (Greg) with baby coming soon
Janice (Wim)
Aletta (Robin) with Julian, Daniel, Emeline, Wim (Lucia), Bastiaan
Anthony (Heather)

In Loving Memory of
Janny (Jansje Pieternella) Looy
(Maiden: van Beek)
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Funeral Service:
Celebration of Life
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
11:00 AM
West End Christian Reformed Church
10015 - 149 Street
Edmonton, AB
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