Noreen V. Bowser

02/12/1936 - 10/22/2023


Obituary For Noreen V. Bowser

It is with great sadness the family of Noreen Veronica Bowser, age 87, of Lower Sackville; announce her unexpected passing on October 22,2023 surrounded by family. Noreen (“Reenie”) was everything; wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend.

She was predeceased by her husband Donald N. Bowser; her grandson Riley John Bowser (in infancy); her parents Joseph P. and Catherine Hillison (nee Shippien), her sisters Margarite, Eileen, Trixie, Dolores, and Patricia; brothers Joseph Jr. (Sonny) and Edward. Noreen was the last remaining member of her immediate Hillison family.

She is survived by sons Glenn (Heather) Bowser, Lower Sackville, and John (Tara) Bowser, Middle Sackville as well as granddaughters Shelby Bowser, Peyton Bowser, and Kim Slaunwhite; great granddaughter Makayla Slaunwhite, great grandson Kyler Johnson and great-great grandson Adrian Slaunwhite.

Also surviving are brother and sisters in law; Kenneth Bowser (Bernadette) Saint John N.B., Helen Bowser, Halifax; Margaret Bowser, Lower Sackville, Audrey Demone, Fall River. As well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Noreen was born and raised in Halifax. Her mother passed away when she was 8 and her father was not able to properly care for her due to his advanced age. She attended St. Mary’s School for Girls and lived with some married siblings from time to time, mostly her brother Sonny and wife Margie.

She met her future husband, the love of her life, Donnie at a dance when she was 16 and shortly after moved in with “Mom” Bowser and her family. Two years later she married Donnie and they remained together until his passing in 2011, having been married for 60 years. She worked at many places, Farmers, Regal Stationary, Moir’s Chocolates, Towers Department Store, and the Hudson Bay Company but her main occupation was homemaker for her family.

Reenie suffered a stroke in 2009 which left her left side paralyzed. While she did recover somewhat, the effects of the stroke took a toll physically, however her mind remained very sharp. A devout Catholic, her faith strengthened after the stroke and remained unshakable until her passing.

Cremation has taken place. At her request there will be no visitation. A funeral mass will be held at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, 9 Jamieson Drive, Fall River N.S. November 10,2023 at 11:00 am. A reception at the church will follow immediately after the mass, with interment at Oakridge Memorial Gardens, 1078 Old Sackville Road, Middle Sackville, after reception.

In Noreen’s memory, donations can be made to the IWK Childrens Hospital.

“Your soul lives on in the people you’ve touched”

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  • 11/04/2023

    To Glen, John and the family, I will always remember the holiday visits with your Mom and your Dad. Aunt Rene was a great lady, and loved by all of us, she will be missed. My prayers are with you. Love Greg

  • 11/01/2023

    Rennie and Donnie were our neighbours many many years ago. They were a lovely couple so kind treating us as family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Karen & Ross Trueman

  • 10/31/2023

    So sorry for your loss Glenn , John and family . Reenie was such a great woman and loved to have a great time with friends. She will be missed ❤️ Ron and Cheryl Amirault Lisa Fagan and Wendy Sampson

  • 10/31/2023

    Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of your mom.The last time I saw your mom and dad was on my wedding day many years ago . My mom Marguerite Baker was her older sister. My mom often spoke with fond memories about her sisters and brother during their early days. May God bless you all Paulette Nicholson.nee (Polly Baker)

  • 10/31/2023

    Our condolences and deepest sympathy to the family. Thank you for being a wonderful aunt and great friend. Thank you for all the laughs we shared and our long talks. We love you forever 💓 God bless 🙏

  • 10/31/2023

    Glenn and Heather, so sorry for your loss, sincere condolences, Deanna

  • 10/31/2023

    Reenie was a constant in my life from a very early age. She had a great laugh and was accepting and kind. I enjoyed spending time with her whenever the opportunity presented itself. To a little kid she always seemed very glamorous - from the makeup, to the hairstyles, the latest in fashion and she always wore perfume... sometimes maybe a bit too much but it was kind of her signature... I have great memories that I will treasure and smile about in the years to come. To Glenn and John, and your families, you too will have memories to treasure that will make you smile over time. Reenie mostly lived life on her terms and over the span of her time she had way more good days than bad days which is the best any of us can hope for. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Hugs and Love Julie


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    With Love to you and your family! 'My deepest condolences' Gail, Brayden and family!

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