Debbie Sandra COUWENBERG

1960 - 2020
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Debbie Sandra (Née Sampson) Couwenberg was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario on December 6, 1960 to proud parents Bernard and Constance (Née Champoux) Sampson. She was a loving sister to brothers Robert (Bob), Raymond (Ray), and Richard.

As a young woman, Debbie moved to Southern Ontario to pursue her education and cultivate her career in nutrition. She was an incredible mother who dearly loved her two children, Stephanie and Perry Couwenberg. A northern girl by blood, she enjoyed road trips back to Northern Ontario to visit with her family and spend time fishing. When Debbie wasn’t cooking, canning, or gardening, she could often be found cozied up in a comfortable chair enjoying a good book. A social butterfly,

Debbie made friends everywhere she went, and created strong bonds and admirable friendships with her beloved group of “hens.” Debbie also made many dear friends throughout her professional life, spending her last decade working for Sienna Living where she came to take on a leadership role as a Nutritional & Environmental Operations Partner. She was a supportive and intelligent mentor to many; she worked hard but she also made work fun for all of those around her.

She was a lively participant at the local Legions (first in Norwich, and later, in Brampton), and took the lead to organize raffles, fundraisers, and social events. Her many friends, family, and work associates along the way will always remember her giant smile, iconic laugh, contagious enthusiasm, and willingness to lend a hand.

Over the course of her life, she was always around to help her two children with many projects (especially painting). Debbie was taken too soon from her loved ones, passing away in Woodstock, ON on April 8, 2020 due to complications related to lung cancer. During her difficult battle, she was taken care of by her incredible children, who were by her side until the end.

She will be dearly missed by Stephanie and Perry Jr., the Sampson family, father of her children, Perry Couwenberg Sr. and the entire Couwenberg family, daughter-in-law Christina De Melo, and her countless friends throughout her lifetime. Debbie and all the beautiful memories she created will live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved her.

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted with the Arn-Lockie Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date this year. Donations in memory Debbie, may be made to the VON Oxford Sakura House, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 609 (Brampton), or the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 190 (Norwich).
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Jim and Tracy Pottruff

Posted at 12:18pm
What a lovely tribute for your mom. Sending love and a big long hug.

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Kelsey Watts and family

Posted at 10:43pm
Debbie was just like family to me. A sweetheart, always smiling and full of enthusiasm. She is missed by many, a very dear friend to my Mom, Kelly.
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Posted at 07:20am
A good friend is hard to find, hard to lose, and hard to forget. I will cherish Debbie's memories forever. With heartfelt condolences.
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Posted at 11:39am
Debbie was a great cousin. My sister Linda was in Toronto hospital and I was at her bedside for a month. Debbie was living in Brampton but she came to Toronto every weekend to pick me up. She made sure my laundry was done, she brought me to the grocery store and she even cooked up meals for me to eat all week. At night we would have a drink and share memories of our families. We would play cribbage and laugh so much we would forget where we left off. It was so nice getting to know each other again and I will never forget her. Rest In Peace cuz.

Lucien Malo

Posted at 11:30am
With loving memories of "Debbie COUWENBERG",
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