Posted: July 19th, 2019


LUKAS “LUKE” BROUWER, the beloved husband for 68 years of Jeanette Brouwer (née Aasman), passed away on July 17 at the age of 89 years. He is a father to Harry (Rita) Brouwer, Helen (Mike) Wevers, Art (Maggie) Brouwer, Patricia Brouwer, and Marjorie Brouwer and grandfather to 33 grand and great-grandchildren. Luke was predeceased by two infant sons and a number of other family members.

He is survived by his siblings: Arie Brouwer in the Netherlands, and in Canada by Jean (John) VandenBrink, John (Jean) Brouwer, Bill (Norah) Brouwer, and Ina Aasman.

Luke emigrated to Canada when he was 19. He was joined a year later by Jeanette, and they were married in Taber in 1951. Before settling on a farm in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Luke worked in the bush, lumber, and coal mining camps. The Brouwers left Rocky in 1965 to enable their children to attend a Christian school in Lethbridge. They purchased and developed a hog farm outside of the city. In the early 1980s, Luke and Jeanette retired to Lethbridge, where he has lived until his passing.

Luke, with his wife Jeanette, remained active in many volunteer efforts, including Rehoboth and Disaster Response Services. The family loved to go camping, biking, and hiking, especially up Table Mountain. Luke could always be counted on to be the lead prankster at family events. He loved collecting at garage sales and spending hours sifting through his stamp collection.

Special thanks to the staff of Fraser House at the St. Michael’s Health Centre, who have provided exceptional care to Luke at his final residence in Lethbridge for over two years.

A Celebration of Lukas Brouwer’s life will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at MARANATHA CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 260 McGill Blvd. West, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Pastor Jim Zondervan officiating.

A Private Family graveside service will be held in the Mountain View Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to The Alzheimer’s Society or Rehoboth Christian Ministries.

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