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Obituary - Bouwina Slootweg

Bouwina Slootweg

1935 - 2021

Cook Southland Funeral Chapel - Slootweg(2021) "Winnie"

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Mrs. Bouwina “Winnie” Slootweg, beloved wife of Nicholas Slootweg, announce her passing at the Riverview Care Centre in Medicine Hat on Monday, July 19, 2021, at the age of 85 years. Winnie was born on November 21, 1935, in Midwolda, Groningen, The Netherlands. She came to Canada with her family in 1953, first settling in the Taber area where she worked in the sugar beet fields. Winnie moved to Medicine Hat where she met and later married Nicholas on December 10, 1960, and were married for 60 years. Winnie worked for a number of years with ATB and faithfully volunteered at The Post. She was selfless and enjoyed giving back to her friends, family and community. She was a long time member of Fifth Avenue Memorial United Church as well as the Dutch Canadian Society. Winnie enjoyed singing and sang in the church choir as well as the Selah Singers. She loved the poodles she had over the years, Champ and Georgie. Winnie enjoyed going for walks and could often be seen in the Hill area with her furry companion. Winnie was a wonderful wife and mother and will be deeply missed by her husband of 60 years, Nicholas; children, Nicholas Jr. (deceased) (Debbie) Slootweg, Adrienne Slootweg and Anthony Slootweg; two sisters, Grace Baum and Maria (Dave) Stretch as well as numerous extended family. She was predeceased by her parents, Antoon and Arendina Knippers and her son, Nicholas Jr. A private, by invitation Celebration of Winnie’s life will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel with Murray Jaster officiating. Flowers are gratefully declined.


  1. Hank Aasman:
    Jul 22, 2021 at 08:19 AM

    My condolences to Nick, Tony and Fam. Winnie was a special lady..will always remember her laugh.

  2. Klaas en grietje prins (holland):
    Jul 22, 2021 at 11:44 AM

    Nick en familie
    Gecondoleerd met het verlies van Winnie
    Wij wensen jou en familie veel sterkte komende dagen

  3. Mike and Joan Jantzie:
    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:39 PM

    Our sincere condolences to Winnie's family. It was such a pleasure to work with Winnie.

  4. Cal Aasman:
    Jul 22, 2021 at 01:54 PM

    Sincere condolences to Mr. Slootweg and Tony. Mrs. Slootweg was my 2nd Mom for most of my 'teen' years and she always made me feel welcome in her home, I am forever grateful for that. I will always remember her truly 'unforgettable' laugh! A wonderful spirit on Earth and now an angel in Heaven...Rest in Peace Mrs. Slootweg

  5. Peter Butler:
    Jul 22, 2021 at 03:11 PM

    Dear Nick,
    Sorry to hear of Winnie's passing. She was a wonderful lady and enjoyed singing in choir with her.
    Best wishes

  6. Linda Boksteyn:
    Jul 22, 2021 at 05:06 PM

    To the Slootwag families:
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Our family was very blessed to have Nick and Winnie as our neighbors for 30 years. Winnie was a very kind and thoughtful person. We talked to each other almost daily during the spring and summer months, often comparing notes about our husbands and it always ended beautifully with her infectious one of a kind laugh ( yes, always ending positive!!). Winnie was always ready to listen and be a friend when I was going through some difficult times. She was there for me when I came home from the hospital with new born babies and she continued to support me over the next 30 years.
    Winnie had an incredible positive attitude and loving spirit. I remember her van had been spray painted with some very awful swear words. Unfortunately she had to drive it through town with the white sprayed swear words painted on her back windshield because she had to drive to a store to purchase some paint remover to take it off. When I saw the van I just felt awful. I walked across the street to get a closer look and Winnie came out of the house. She told me that she had just finished some errands, driving the van with the graffiti on it, half way across town, and she laughed and laughed. She shared that she had received some strange looks but she totally made light of the situation, definitely putting a positive spin on an awful and embarrassing situation! We laughed for days about this.
    Winnie loved her family and was an incredible mother and wife. Winnie was dedicated to her career and exemplified honesty, hard work, team work, commitment and quality customer service while at the same time loyal to her family making sure they were her top priority.
    It was an absolute gift to have known Winnie and to have had the privilege to call her a friend. She will be forever missed and always in my heart.
    Linda Boksteyn

  7. Audrey Flaig:
    Jul 22, 2021 at 05:36 PM

    I am very sorry to here of Winnie's passing. I worked with her at ATB for a number of years. She was the best at teaching us all that was to be done.

  8. Ken and Rita Graumans:
    Jul 22, 2021 at 09:44 PM

    Our condolence in the loss of Winnie,
    you all will be in our prayers

  9. John Prins:
    Jul 22, 2021 at 11:08 PM

    Uncle Nick, Adrie and Tony,

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the passing of your wife, your mother, our auntie Winnie. I have very fond childhood memories of visiting you all in Medicine Hat. Road trips to the Slootwegs were made extra special by auntie Winnie's unforgettable kindness and generosity. Auntie Winnie was a very special lady.

    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. I wish that I could take away your pain. We pray that you gain comfort in knowing that your wife and mother is now with Nick Jr., in Heaven.

    John, Nicki and Avery Prins

  10. Neil Jangula:
    Jul 23, 2021 at 01:41 AM

    My condolences to the Slootweg family very special lady will be missed. Remember her and her good cooking and smiling. RIP Mrs S.

  11. Mary Thompson Boksteyn:
    Jul 23, 2021 at 04:01 AM

    Nick, I have heartfelt sadness upon learning of your very special Winnie’s passing!
    She will always be remembered as a shining example of how kindness and caring affects other people as she lived well and thus was well loved! I will always feel that she was a GIFT for all of us left behind with her positive beautiful smile and ready
    helping attitude. MaryTB

  12. Louise Westland:
    Jul 23, 2021 at 08:53 AM

    Slootweg family,

    I had the pleasure of learning from and working with Winnie at the Treasury Branch. She was always so cheerful and willing to help and explain. So much fun in the staff room too. We did lots of giggling.
    Hoping that your happy memories will bring you comfort during this saddest of times. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Louise Westland

  13. Nel Mulder:
    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:33 AM

    My condolences to the Slootweg family, with the passing of Winnie Slootweg, she was a very friendly lady, with the nicest smile .

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