Louise P. Horstman, 72, of Morinville, died on January 15, 2017 at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton after a long, courageous battle with cancer.
A much beloved resident, she was widely recognized for her dedication to the Morinville community through her civic service and extensive involvement in volunteer activities. Her passion for music, science, nature and art was evident in all that she accomplished.
Born in Schenectady, New York Mrs. Horstman came to Morinville in 1969 after earning her B.F.A. (Pipe Organ specialty) from Boston University. Opting to further her education, she successfully pursued an advanced degree at the University of Alberta, earning her M.S. in zoology in 1973.
As a wildlife biologist, Louise established herself as an independent consultant sought after by government agencies as well as private and not-for-profit organizations. Furthermore, as an environmental activist, she served as executive director and board member of the Alberta Woodlot Association, which promotes the preservation of forests on private lands. An avid bird enthusiast, she worked as director of Big Lake Environmental Support Society (BLESS), which protects rare species of birds and plants in Big Lake.
Louise’s passion for music lead her to the Morinvillle United Church where not only she was a member but organist, choir director, presbytery representative, chair of the worship committee, and a board member of Camp Mack. She graced many area churches with her organ playing and love of music.
Ever civic and community minded, Louise was appointed as the administrator of the Morinville Public Library where she was instrumental in bringing the library into the Northern Lights Library system. Later, she served as president of the Friends of the Library. She was the coordinator of the Morinville Farmers’ Market and also a volunteer with the Victim’s Services program. She was also founder of “Fitness for Health,” a support group for persons afflicted with M.S. in Morinville She was extremely proud to be a founding member of Alberta’s first chapter of the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s “Grandmothers to Grandmothers in Africa” campaign.
On the occasion of the 2015 International Women’s Day, the St. Albert Baha’i community recognized her “deep-rooted feeling of personal responsibility to make a difference in the lives of others” and named her a Global Humanitarian. Of particular note, the award celebrated “Louise’s volunteer spirit, activism and mentorship which has touched and inspired many.”
Paramount to her career and volunteerism, Louise’s greatest joy was nurturing friendships and providing encouragement to those she cared about. As a girl from New York, Louise brought herself to Canada and built herself a log cabin. In that same “no task is too great” spirit, Louise loved large and lived an authentic, generous life. She provided a calming, thoughtful presence to her friends and family. Her unconditional love and support provided – and will continue to provide – inspiration and courage to those she loved and who loved her.
Louise is survived by her husband, former Morinville Mayor Ted Code his brothers Robert and Peter Code and niece Jessica Code. Additionally, Louise leaves behind her brother, Douglass C. Horstman (Sondra) of Haymarket, Virginia, her nephew Douglass R. Horstman, of Ashburn, Virginia and niece Karin Horstman Johnes, of St. Louis, Missouri, and three grand nieces and one grand nephew. Cherished friends, Kevin and Sabrene Falcone and their son Tommaso of Edmonton also survive Louise.
Visitation will occur at Serenity North Central Chapel, 10129 Princess Elizabeth Avenue on Sunday, January 22nd from 1 – 3 pm. Funeral service will be held at Morinville United Church on Wednesday January 25th at 11:00 am with a reception at the Morinville Legion 176 at 1:00 p.m.
Donations in Louise’s memory may be directed to the Stephen Lewis Foundation “Grandmothers to Grandmothers in Africa” campaign. Suite 501, 260 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON M5T2E4 or www.grandmotherscampaign.org.