October 17th, 2021

THURSDAY, August 12, 2021

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on August 12, 2021.


Louise Bowden, the beloved wife of Gordon Bowden, passed away in Lethbridge on Monday, August 9, 2021 at the age of 88.

Besides her loving husband, Gordon, she is survived by her children, Randy (Shirley) Bowden of Stirling, Scott (Anita) Bowden of Picture Butte, and Marni (David) Parry of Heber City, Utah; as well as 17 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law: Norman (Audrey) Nilsson of St. George, Utah Darryl (Carol) Nilsson of Stirling, Joyce Christensen of Coaldale.

She was predeceased by her parents, Lindon and Beatrice Nilsson; siblings, Don (Judy) Nilsson, Hank Nilsson, and Pauline Nilsson; and by her daughter, Lorene Bullock.

Louise was born in Stirling, Alberta on February 1, 1933. She was raised there and had many fond memories of her childhood. Gordon and Louise were married on March 24, 1954 in the Cardston Alberta Temple. They began their wonderful life together in Raymond before moving to Lethbridge, where they built their life together and lovingly raised their family.

Louise’s life was devoted to her family and faith. She was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, who loved her dearly for her warmth and kindness. She and Gordon enjoyed travelling. One of their most memorable trips was when they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Hawaii together with their entire family.

Louise has too many positive characteristics to list. However, some of her foremost attributes include her kindness, strength, long-suffering, optimism and unwavering dedication to faith and family.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, August 13, 2021 at 11:00 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4105 Forestry Ave South in Lethbridge. Prior to the service, relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family between 10:00 and 10:45am at the same location. Burial to follow at Temple Hill Cemetery in Raymond. If friends so desire memorial tributes can be made to Arthritis Research Canada, arthritisresearch.ca.

Visit http://www.generationsfh.ca to send condolences and scroll to the bottom of Louise’s obituary for a link to the livestream.


BRUYCKERE – LUCIEN PETER, beloved husband of Lorraine Bruyckere, passed away at the St. Michael’s Covenant Health Centre on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at the age of 83 years.

Besides his loving wife Lorraine of 60 years, Lucien is survived by his two children, Dean (Claudia) Bruyckere of Parksville, B.C. and Myrna-Jean (Dann) Burroughs of St. Albert, AB. He is also survived by his brother Wayne Bruyckere of Calgary, AB, sister in-law Eileen (Edward) Ivanics of Lethbridge, AB, his four grandchildren, Chandler & Richelle Bruyckere, both of Calgary and Emma & Ethan Burroughs, both of St. Albert and his niece, Colleen Leadbetter of Missoula, MT.

Lucien was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Freda Bruyckere, his parent-in-laws, Andrew and Elizabeth Salamon and his sister-in-law, Phyllis Bruyckere.

Lucien was born October 13, 1937 in Lethbridge and was raised on the family farm east of Milk River, AB. In January 1960, Lucien attended a wedding dance in Milk River and that is where he met the love of his life Lorraine; each had met their soul mate. They married July 29, 1961, settling in Lethbridge. In 1962 he attended Southern Alberta Institute of Technology where he earned his ticket in Welding and Pressure Welding. He used that education and found work as a welder at Noble Cultivators and Horton Steel. In 1979 he left welding and found work with the Lethbridge Public School Division where he started with the Maintenance Department and later moved to Custodial work at Lethbridge Collegiate Institute (LCI) and Fleetwood Bawden School before retiring in 1999.

During the years of raising a family, Lucien was always busy gardening, tending meticulously to his lawn & yard, detailing vehicles, prepping the trailer for family camping trips, planning hunting adventures, watching baseball, following his son’s baseball teams throughout Canada & USA, going to supper & dances with Lorraine and spending time with family & friends at dinner gatherings.

Over the years, Lucien & Lorraine’s love for each other and their family led to many road trips to visit their children and grandchildren all over British Columbia and Alberta, as they were always a priority. After retirement, Lucien kept busy puttering around the house and coffeeing with many friends at Polly’s, Tim Hortons and McDonald’s, just to name a few.

We wish to extend our thanks to the staff of “A House” at St. Michael’s Covenant Health Centre, for the compassionate and loving care they provided Lucien over the past 15 months.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at the Hungarian Canadian Old Timers Hall, located at 410 – 2nd Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, August 14, 2021, at 1:00 p.m.

In memory of Lucien, donations may be made to St. Michael’s Covenant Health Centre, 1400 – 9 Avenue South, Lethbridge AB, T1J 4V5.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com

Henry Leenstra

1938 – 2021

Henry Leenstra of Lethbridge, AB, beloved husband of Tina, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 9, 2021, after a lengthy illness. He was 82 years old.

Henry was born in Heeg, Friesland NL on November 20th, 1938, to Fred and Edith Leenstra. The Leenstra family immigrated to Canada from Holland in 1950 when Henry was 11 years old. They began their lives in Iron Springs, AB but moved to Vauxhall a few years later where they settled. Henry was a brilliant student and excelled in school. He attended S.A.I.T at the age of 18 where he received his Automotive Mechanic Certificate with honours. He then married his best friend and love of his life, Tina Span, on November 3, 1960. Together they began building their life and family. Henry thrived in the game of business. He was blessed with an entrepreneurial spirit, working for himself almost immediately. He established many successful businesses that operate to this day in Southern Alberta. Henry would start each day at the coffee shop with his dear friend Fred Herrmann where they would discuss current events and debate the fine details. Besides his business savvy nature, he also had an affinity for farming and ranching. He had a passion for the land, and livestock, which brought him contentment in his later years. Henry was a man of few words with a quick wit and quiet wisdom. He was loved dearly and will be sorely missed.

Besides his loving wife, Henry is survived by his daughter Cindy Leenstra-Skelly; three sons Ken (Tracy), LeRoy (Lisa) and Trevor (Carmen); grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Keith Dykslag and his children Maverick and Memphis, Tiffany Long (James) and their children Lucia and Roman, Riley Dykslag (Shaelen) and their children Finley and Layne, Jillian Calnan and her children Georgia and Emmett, Ethan, Mykalah, Seth, Olivia, Jocelyn Babcock (Matthew) and their daughter Brianna, Ryan, Cassidy, Dakota (Sarah), and Carter Leenstra. He is also survived by his brothers Simon, Andy and Bill Leenstra; and sisters Henny Senneker, Pearl Tjepkema, Tina Oevering, and their spouses. He is also survived by Tina’s brothers and sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Henry was pre-deceased by his parents Fred and Edith Leenstra, his brothers Thomas, Fred and Ray, and his son-in-law Seamas Skelly.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, August 13, 2021, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, with Reverend John Van Eyk, officiating. Interment to follow in the Archmount Cemetery. The family invites those who wish to watch the service via livestream at http://www.mbfunerals.com and scrolling to the bottom of Henry’s obituary.

“We are standing on the solid rock and God’s faithfulness sustains us.”

Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.

Dr. Keith Lowings

1927 – 2021

Dr. Keith Lowings of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Joan Lowings, died at Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at the age of 94 years.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.


The family of WILLIAM “BILL” PLATT are devastated to announce his passing on Sunday, August 8, 2021 at the age of 88 years.

He was the anchor of our family, a devoted and loving husband for 68 years to Ena, father to David (Shari), Joanne (Del) and Bill (Tracy), grandfather to Stacey (Devon), Ashley (Rory), Miranda (Kyle), Meagan (Nathan) and Nathan (Victoria), and great-grandfather to Lochlyn, Berkley, Kenley, Ryley, Ellie, Samuel, Emmeline and Olivia.

Born in Irlam, England in 1933, Bill was one of 12 children. At 18, he joined the Armed Forces, and it was there at a local community dance he would meet and marry “the best wife I could ever have”. In 1955, Mom and Dad emigrated to Canada, hoping to find a better future for their children and grandchildren. He held a variety of jobs until 1959, when he began his career with the B.C. Forest Service in Nelson, B.C. Many years of tough times followed but they sacrificed and worked hard to make sure we had the opportunities they never had. He taught his sons to be gentlemen, to work hard, and how to play a good game of golf which he did joyfully and often. Following his retirement in 1993, they moved to Lethbridge where eventually all our family would reside.

To Dr. M J Amatto, we cannot find words to express how much we appreciate your years of compassionate care and kindness that you gave Dad.

To Dr. Malpica and the nursing staff on 4B at Chinook Regional Hospital, our deepest gratitude to all of you who cared for him and our family during our most difficult time.

At Bill’s request, there will be no funeral service.

We will always miss you Dad.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


MARY SCHNEIDER, wife of the late Otto Schneider, passed away in Raymond on Friday, July 30, 2021 at the age of 101.

She is survived by daughter Nancy Schneider, son Oliver (Coleen) Schneider and Elinor (Donald) Hamilton.

The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Knight Street Chapel, Raymond. Interment to follow in Temple Hill Cemetery, Raymond.

Please – no flowers.

Visit http://www.generationsfh.ca to send condolences and scroll to the bottom of Mary’s obituary for a link to the livestream.

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