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HARASYM, Joan

HARASYM, Joan

HARASYM, Joan
May 2, 1934 - February 17, 2013


On the evening of February 17, 2013, Joan, our beloved Mother and friend was called home, and peacefully passed away surrounded by her loving family. Joan was predeceased by her loving husband Mike, daughter Bernadette, mother Katherine Pirot, father Alfred Pirot, brother Jimmy Pirot and sister Patricia Czerski. Joan will  be lovingly remembered by her family and friends, her four children Susan (David) Schmidt, Tim (Louann) Harasym, Michael Harasym, and Marina (Jeff) Paarup. Joan is also survived by her eight loving grandchildren, Nicole (Dustin) Tersigni, Steven (Sayaka) Schmidt, Darci, Kaitlyn and Jesse Paarup, Ashley, Daniel, and Jared Gonzalez as well as three adoring great-grandchildren, Mackenzie and Mason Tersigni and Gabriella Gonzalez. Joan was born and raised in rural Saskatchewan. At the age of 18 she courageously moved down east and joined the armed forces where she received her formal education as a bookkeeper. On her many visits home, she met the love of her life, Mike and was married on October 27, 1958. In 1966 they moved to Drumheller where Mom and Dad happily raised their family. Mom was extremely active in the Catholic Church where she worked as the parish secretary for nearly 20 years. For many years, Joan was also involved in numerous volunteer activities giving freely of her time and provided compassion to groups such as Victim Services and the inmate tutoring program. Joan had a great love for life. She loved the beauty of the outdoors through many activities such as hiking, camping, cross country skiing and most of all spending time with her loving family at the cabin in Fairmont Hot Springs. She loved to travel and explore new destinations. A proud moment in her life, even after being diagnosed with painful arthritis, was climbing a mountain at age 50. Those who knew her and loved her always admired her fearlessness, devotion to her faith, calmness and her ability to always see the silver lining in everything and everyone. Prayer services will be held at Courtney-Winters Funeral Home on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with Father Burke and Father Gilles as co-celebrants. Interment to follow at the Drumheller Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations can be made to the Arthritis Society Alberta & N.W.T. Division, 1301 8 Street S.W., Suite 200, Calgary, AB. T2R 1B7 or The Kidney Foundation of Canada, 6007 - 1A Street S.W., Calgary, AB. T2H 0G5. Courtney-Winters Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

DELEEUW Eleanor Marie

DELEEUW Eleanor Marie

DeLeeuw, Eleanor Marie
October 17, 1923 -  February 15, 2013


It is with saddened hearts we say goodbye to Eleanor Marie DeLeeuw who passed away peacefully at the Drumheller hospital on February 15, 2013, after a short illness. Eleanor was the only child of Hugh and Jean Owens born in Hanna, Alberta on October 17, 1923. She married her husband of 61 years, Arthur DeLeeuw, on October 29, 1952. They were blessed with 9 children. Eleanor was predeceased by her father Hugh Owens, mother Jean Harty, stepfather Roy Harty, 1 granddaughter Renee DeLeeuw and 1 grandson Brian Guest. She leaves to morn her loving husband Arthur DeLeeuw of Drumheller, son Brad (Alice) DeLeeuw of Drumheller, son Larry (Marion) DeLeeuw of Drumheller, daughter Lorette (Cal) Cameron of Brooks, daughter Alicia (John) Franks of Carbon, daughter Sheila (Lloyd) Kranzler of Carbon, son Alan (Fay) DeLeeuw of Hanna, son Bill (Rose) DeLeeuw of Michichi, daughter Jean (Jim) Clark of Drumheller and son Joe (Charlene) DeLeeuw of Drumheller, 31 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren along with numerous relatives and friends. Eleanor will be fondly remembered and deeply missed by her family and friends. May you rest in peace.  Courtney-Winters Funeral Home in care of arrangements.   

FOOKS Mrs. Grace

FOOKS Mrs. Grace

Fooks, Mrs. Grace
January 21, 1929 - February 11, 2013


Mrs. Grace Fooks passed away on February 11, 2013 in Stettler, Alberta at the age of 84 years.  Grace was born to Sam and Marie Towpich on January 21, 1929 in Vegreville, Alberta.  She attended school there and later worked as a telephone operator for AGT and then went on to work at a tree farm. Grace married Jim Fooks on June 3, 1951 and to this union five boys were born.   As well as the love for her family, Grace also very much enjoyed spending time in the garden growing flowers of all types, she loved the beautiful colors and smells.  She was an artist and had a true love for music.  She could often be found relaxing enjoying time spent doing crafts or playing the organ.  There were many trips with her family that she had taken later in life that she truly treasured and spoke of often with many fond memories.    Grace was a loving and dedicated wife, a loving mother and a wonderful grandmother who loved life and the outdoors.  She will be truly missed by her family and all that knew her.  Grace is survived by her loving sons Doug (Donna) Fooks of Kelowna, Don (Jan) Fooks of Scollard, Gord (Elaine) Fooks of Edmonton and Rob (Sylvia) Fooks of Stettler.  Grandchildren Audra (Jeff), Erin (Curt), Alexis, Jon (Tanya), Ben (Candice), Pete, Jordan (Stephanie), Alan (Terra), Brian (Chelsey), Lynn (Chad) and Steve (Sarah), great-grandchildren Jackson, Brady, Ryann, Parker, Brandon, Grace, Dustin,  Abbigail, Madaline, Jera and Jorja as well as extended family Amanda, Alex, Jory (Nicole), Jason (Candace), Victoria, Alexis, Charlie and Jayla.  Grace is also survived by sister-in-law Lynn (Eric) Simms and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  She was predeceased by her parents Marie and Sam Towpich, her husband James, son Jim, brothers Sandy, Steve and John and by sisters Martha, Lucy, Helen and Jeanette. A Funeral Service was held at the Brennen Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. with close family friend Larry Meyer leading the service.  As an expression of sympathy and in loving memory of Grace, memorial contributions may be made to the Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation or to STARS Air Ambulance in care of Brennen Funeral Home and Cremation Services P.O. Box 193 Stettler, Alberta TOC 2LO who have been entrusted with the care and arrangements. 403.742.3315  Condolences can be forwarded to the family by visiting our website at www.brennenfuneralhome.com.