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DUPUIS, Romeo Eugene Joseph

February 23, 1941 - November 2, 2015

Romeo was born February 23, 1941 to Nina and Edward Dupuis in McLennan, Alberta and passed away at the Drumheller Health Centre on Monday November 2, 2015 at the age of 74 years. Romeo’s family moved to Grande Prairie where he spent the next several years, growing up, working and eventually met and married Lynda Cunningham in 1963. Together they were blessed with a beautiful daughter, Vicki Lynn. Vicki was the light of Romeo’s life until her passing at the age of two. Romeo worked for many years at Dyer Tire in Grande Prairie and then later Fountain Tire. In 1987 Romeo and Lynda moved to Calgary and then in 1991 on to Drumheller where Romeo went to work for Highway 9 driving the Super Bees, which he did for many years. Lynda and Romeo also owned and operated a gift store in Drumheller for a few years.  Romeo loved the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and Lynda and he spent many a weekend camping at Two Lakes in northern Alberta. He owned a Honda Goldwing and took great pride in riding it. You could regularly find him in the local coffee shop enjoying friends and telling stories.  Romeo is survived by his wife Lynda, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Lois & Dave Fenton, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Pat & Duane Bumstead, brother Philip, as well as 13 nieces and nephews and their families, a few of which had a very special place in his heart. Romeo was predeceased by his daughter Vicki, his parents Nina & Edward Dupuis, his sister Florence and her husband Don Lloyd.  A Celebration of Life was held in Drumheller at the Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Home on Saturday November 7, 2015 at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alberta ALS Society. Courtney-Winters Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements (403 823 2666).



McNAUGHTON, Abigail Jean (Morton)

April 3, 1915 - November 6, 2015

Abbie was born at home in the Hand Hills the second child of Kingsley and Alice Morton. She attended Elmer school and then high school in Hanna. When she finished school she worked for different families around Craigmyle, Morrin and lastly the McNaughton Bros. at Rumsey. Abbie married Don on November, 21, 1938. She lived on the farm until 1989 when she moved to Drumheller and lived in the Maple Ridge Manor. This is when she met a good friend Jay Clark. They had many good times together. After Jay passed Abbie moved to Sunshine Lodge. With failing health she moved to Hillview. This last year she was in St. Mary’s continuing care in Trochu. Abbie is survived by her daughter Judy (Jim) Nelson; grandchildren Rod (Danna) Nelson, Tracy (Melanie) Nelson; great grandchildren Bradley, Erica Lowell & Quinn Nelson; and her son John (Gwen) McNaughton; grand children Chris (Jennifer), Cassandra, Graham (Rachel), Maggie; great grandchildren Harleigh, Darian, Indigo, Amelia, Jackson and Aubrey. During the years Abbie was very involved in many community organizations. She was a charter member of The Red Deer River Garden Club, also very active in the United Church and Sunday school, was a leader at many church camps, and belonged to the Ladies Aid, the UCW. Abbie was a great seamstress and made many articles of clothing including wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses and dresses for flower girls. She made a lot of Judy’s clothes when she was growing up. She won many ribbons for her sewing, knitting and crocheting. Abbie baby-sat for many friends in the area where she would take her suitcase and stay as long as needed. Mom was known as Aunt Abbie to many, wherever she went. She loved to travel and went to many places such as the Toronto Royal Winter Fair, Phoenix, throughout B.C., Caribbean Cruise, Alaska bus trip, travelled throughout Europe with Maude and Mike and a trip to Hawaii with Maude and the Marshall sisters. She was predeceased by her husband Don, parents Kingsley and Alice Morton, siblings Arthur, Lawrence, Phyllis, Charlie, Maude and Roy. The three sisters were very close and all passed away this year. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on November 19, 2015 in the Rumsey Community Hall. If so desired, donations may be made to the Rumsey and District Ag. Society (kitchen renovation) or the charity of ones choice.



ZUKE, Karen Marie (nee HOROBEC)

September, 16, 1972 – October 21, 2015

It is with heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of Karen Marie Zuke (nee Horobec) on Wednesday, October 21st at Etobicoke, ON. Karen was predeceased by her father Paul Horobec in 2001, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. She is survived by her husband Ron Zuke of Airdrie, Alberta, her mother Diane Horobec, sister Gail Horobec (Mike), nephew Zenon Horobec of Caliento, MB, in laws, Joe and Ruth Zuke, Gladstone, Sister In Law Carol Grant (Rob), and niece Rebecca Grant, Winnipeg. Karen grew up on the family farm in Caliento, MB. After graduating from Shevchenko School in Vita, Karen moved to Steinbach in 1990 and began working with Golden West Broadcasting at AM 1250 (CHSM Radio), as a creative writer. A promotion saw her transfer to Altona (CFAM 950), to become Creative Coordinator for Radio Southern Manitoba. Karen met her husband Ron (from CKMW 1570) in 1996 at the company’s annual golf tournament. They married in Sundown, MB on October 10th, 1998. Ron and Karen lived in Altona, before moving back to Caliento in 1999 for a short period to help out with the family business, Horobec Foods. They moved to Portage la Prairie in 2000, where both Ron and Karen worked for CFRY Radio. Karen eventually became Online Services Manager for Golden West, but her desire to fulfill a lifelong dream of attending university came to fruition in 2007 when she enrolled in the Internet Systems Specialist Diploma program at the University of Winnipeg. Karen commuted from Portage la Prairie to downtown Winnipeg for one year, with only a one week break, completing the program in October 2008. A promotion for Ron, a month later saw the two of them move to Drumheller, Alberta, as Ron worked on launching a new FM station for Golden West in early 2009. Karen launched her own web development business in Drumheller and worked with many businesses throughout Western Canada. In 2012, Golden West transferred Ron to their newly acquired radio station (Air 106.1 FM) in Airdrie, AB, where he and Karen resided up until her passing during a trip to Toronto. Ron and Karen loved to travel and had many adventures over the years, including sports tourism vacations to follow the Winnipeg Jets & the Toronto Blue Jays. They loved Costa Rica, visiting 3 times in the past 4 years. This past summer they went on a trip of a lifetime, spending 15 days in Europe in July & August. Visits to London, Venice, Rome and Paris were the highlights of their trip, as Karen was especially excited to return to Paris, where she had visited once previously. Ron and Karen celebrated 17 years of marriage, just 11 days before her passing. Karen lived her life to the fullest and brightened the day of whomever she crossed paths with. She was a creative person, who loved to draw and later used her talents to design award winning logos, performed beautiful landscaping, home renovations and decorating while developing and hosting over 100 websites for businesses throughout Canada and the U.S. It comes as no surprise that one of her favourite quotes came from a cartoonist - The Family Circle’s Bil Keane.
Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift.
That’s why it’s called the present. – Bil Keane
A private memorial service for family and friends was held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel in Steinbach on Wednesday, October 28th. Ash interment will take place at a later date at St John’s Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery in Caliento, MB. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Karen may be made to: St John’s Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery Fund: c/o Olga Bodnarchuk - Treasurer, Box 38, Vita, MB, R0A 2K0. The family wishes to express appreciation and gratitude for all the prayers, words of encouragement, cards, and expressions of sympathy received from family and friends.