Death leaves hole in family

Alanna Kelly

The family of a woman whose death on Okanagan Lake in 2016 is being investigated as a homicide hopes justice will be served.

Castanet spoke with the Hennig family by phone in Eastern Canada.

Arlene died on June 26, 2016, when she and her husband were canoeing on Okanagan Lake. Their boat capsized, and her husband Lambertus was the only one to surface.

Arlene’s body was found by a police dive team the next day, and her death was initially considered an accident by police.

Her sister, Debbie says the death has left a huge hole in the family.

Lambertus Westervelt was arrested Friday and charged with second-degree murder. 

On Monday, the 63-year-old appeared in Kelowna court wearing a brown and white flannel shirt that was wrinkled and rolled up to his elbows.  

Arlene was originally from Grande Prairie, Alta., and the two had been married for about 30 years. She worked for Interior Health in Kelowna.

“Arlene will always be remembered for her sense of adventure, zest for life and above all her infectious giggle,” said family member Debbie.

“We can’t express how much we miss her, and she will live forever in our hearts,” said the family. “We pray that justice will be served.” 

Friends of Lambertus said they are shocked and devastated that he has been arrested.
“It’s a shock to everybody, because anyone who knew him would never think anything like this is possible because he loved his wife very much,” said Diane Miller.

Lambertus is next scheduled to appear in court on April 15 at 9:30 a.m. 

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