VAN PELT, Cornelius

Posted: January 13th, 2020


CORNELIUS VAN PELT, beloved husband of Lena Van Pelt, of Lethbridge, was called home on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at the age of 86 years.

Dad is survived by his wife of 57 years, Lena, his four children, 14 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren: Debbie Van Pelt of Denver, CO, and her children, Hannah and Noah; David (Christina) Van Pelt of Coaldale, and their children, Martina, Liana, Erica and Isaac; Corlene (Joe) Groenenboom of Kipp, and their children, Tim (Carmen) and Becca (Cole) and their daughter, Ava, Joel (Rieneke) and their children, Sadie and Dean, Rachel, and Aaron (Kaitlyn) and their son, Colton; and Tanya (Ian) Russell of Skiff, and their children, Kennidy, Kourt, and Ty. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sisters, Terry Wilschut and Audrey Van Dyk, and his brother, Art Van Pelt.

Dad was born on May 4, 1933 in Ridderkerk, The Netherlands. He moved to Canada in 1953 with his parents and siblings, and they settled in the Lethbridge area.

In 1956, Dad met the love of his life—Lena Van Westenbrugge. The couple was married on June 2, 1962. Together, they had four children: Debbie, David, Corlene, and Tanya. Mom & Dad were faithful members of St. Andrew’s Church, where Dad felt it was his mission to greet every person that came and make them feel welcome.

Dad was a social networker, and he valued each and every one of his friendships. He could always be found enjoying good conversation over a cup of coffee. He was happiest when he was spending time with his family, reading a book, tending his hives, or working in his woodshop, but there was nothing he loved more than an adventure on the road.

Dad was the most generous man we ever knew, and he always gave more than he had—whether that was time, money, or knowledge.

A Funeral Service will be held at ST. ANDREW’S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 1818 – 5 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Hugh Jack officiating.

A Private Interment will be held at Archmount Cemetery prior to the service.

In memory of Cornelius, donations may be made to Parkinson Canada at or to Compassion Canada at

Well done, good and faithful servant. Alles is goed! Alles is goed!

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