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Claudine Crook smiles brightly in photo used with her obituary.

Obituary: Claudine Crook

Claudine Crook, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of William John Crook, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, Jan. 8, 2024, at the age of 66. Claudine fought a very brave battle with cancer. No longer in pain, may she rest in peace.

Claudine will be terribly missed and lovingly remembered by her mother, Suzanne Hul; her mother-in-law, Edna Crook; her son, Chris (Ola), and their children, Evelette and William, of Pincher Creek; and her daughter, Amanda, and her children, Eady and Leela (aka Alex), of Lethbridge; and her brother and sisters-in-law and extended family.

Claudine was predeceased by her father, Rafael Hul, and her father-in-law, William “Bill” Crook.

Claudine was born in Belgium and moved to Canada as a teenager, where her family began ranching in Pincher Creek, Alta. At that time, her future husband, John, lived in the neighbouring farm up the hill. Their beautiful life together flourished as they met on that hill between the two farms.

Claudine graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a bachelor of education degree. After she and John had their first child, Chris, she began caring for children out of her own home. When Amanda was born, she wanted to continue caring for children and decided to start a community of support for like-minded childcare educators. That was when Hemel House Childcare was started in 1982. Through that business, she served and supported thousands of Lethbridge families and educators, and the business remains a staple in the community 40 years later.

Her bright light will continue to shine through her community and family. She made a difference everywhere she went, and she continues to inspire us all even after death. Her kindness and infectious positivity knew no bounds.

Claudine lovingly cared for her husband as he began his battle with dementia and continued to support him as he moved into professional care at Sunny South Lodge. There, she began volunteering by sharing drumming, her beloved Laughter Yoga, and her charming joy with the residents.

Claudine was a dedicated wife, strong mother, amazing grandmother, and a wondrous educator, friend, peer, and a force of pure joy and light.

A celebration of life will be held in the springtime, on Saturday, June 1, 2024, a time to better reflect Claudine’s bright and sunny nature. Information will be shared at a later date. To receive updates regarding the celebration, please email

To send a condolence, please visit Cornerstone Funeral Home.