dscf6278 Borgny Lokken is seen here with some of her extended family on the occasion of her 89th birthday. A Lokken Family Team will participate in the 2015 Stair Climb Challenge!

Borgny Lokken will serve as the Honourary Captain for the 3rd annual LutherCare Foundation Stair Climb Challenge and for the next phase of the Luther Special Care Home Renewal Campaign. Borgny’s life has intersected with LutherCare Communities so many times during her 90 plus years, she is an excellent example of the LutherCare “Continuum of Living.”

After finishing high school in Kenaston, the young Borgny Sylte worked as her Dad’s “right hand man” for two years when farm labour was scarce because of the war. During the winter she attended Saskatchewan Lutheran Bible Institute (now LCBI) in Outlook. She also helped care for her grandmother who was brought into the family home from Minnesota because there were no other options. “At that time it was mostly up to the families. We are very fortunate to have the many choices for seniors’ care that are available today.”

Borgny later moved to Saskatoon to study Household Science at the University of Saskatchewan, all the while working summers on the farm. Following graduation (as the top student in her class), she worked for the U of S Extension Department teaching six-week nutrition classes in the Dominion-Provincial Youth Training Schools at locations around Saskatchewan.

In Saskatoon, Borgny attended Zion Lutheran Church where she met a young seminarian named John Lokken. John took classes at Luther Theological Seminary at 212 Wiggins Avenue, the precise location where Borgny now lives on the 1st floor at Luther Special Care Home! John and Borgny married in 1948 on the day after John graduated from Seminary.

When the original Lutheran Sunset Home was built in 1955, Borgny’s father Peter worked extensively on the project as a volunteer carpenter. Later, Borgny's mother Lydia lived at the Sunset Home for almost ten years.

John’s ministry took the family to Hawarden, Weldon, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Brooks and Outlook. Borgny took an active, if unpaid, role in the work in each of these places. When John was forced to retire following a heart attack, the couple lived at Shields Village at Blackstrap for 12 years before moving to Luther Heights in Saskatoon.

After John died in 1999, Borgny moved to Luther Tower, where she could be close to her “home territory” at the University of Saskatchewan campus. In addition to her own career at the U of S, all five of her children attended there. Several of her grandchildren are also past or current U of S students and find it convenient to drop in at her home for visits.

When she could no longer live on her own in Luther Tower, Borgny was assessed by the Saskatoon Health Region’s Client Patient Access Service and gained admission to Luther Special Care Home, right next door. This allowed her to stay close to friends and family. Her sistersTryphena Weinberger and Phyllis Jacobson live in the Tower. In addition, there are many friends from communities where she lived in the past, including some couples who were married by John.

During Borgny's time at Luther Tower, she served a term on Tenant Council, sang in the choir, and volunteered with the Craft Sale. Today, her activities revolve around the spiritual offerings provided through LutherCare - Bible study and mid-week and Sunday services.

“I am very thankful for all of these LutherCare Communities locations where we are looked after so well,” said Borgny.

img 0291 Borgny at the campus of the University of Saskatchewan, which has played an important role in her life.