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ROVERE OLIVA

ROVERE OLIVA

ROVERE, Oliva

August 2, 1920 - August 6, 2014

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Mom, Nonna and Biz Nonna, Oliva (Olive) Rovere on August 6th, 2014 at the age of 94. Olive was born August 2nd, 1920 in Cusano, Italy to Virginia and Santo Sist.  In 1942, she married Giovanni (John) Rovere and together they had four children.  After the war they decided to move their family to Canada and in 1950 Olive and the first three of their children joined her husband in Midlandvale, Alberta.  In 1955, their fourth child was born, being the only true Canadian.  Olive and John became Canadian citizens five years later, believing it to be an honour and a privilege.  It was important to them to work hard to make a good life for their family.  Olive was well known for her wonderful meals, her talent as a seamstress and her green thumb.  After her husband’s passing, she found a love for fishing which led her to be known, far and wide, as the fisherwoman of the valley.  At the age of 65 she took on the challenge of learning to swim, helping the women to win “the battle of the sexes” at the local pool.  In 1987, Olive moved to the Manor where she lived for 22 happy, carefree years.  As her health slowly declined she moved to the Sunshine Lodge, Hillview and onto Continuing Care where her love of, and luck at bingo followed her. Olive will be sadly missed by her sister Olympia; her children Rita Balachandran, Renzo (Karen), Renata Oman, Richie (Cate); her grandchildren, Colette Oman, John Rovere (Bhari), Holly McDonald (Bob), Paula Rovere and Vincent Rovere (Anna); great grandchildren, Jacob, Joey, Erin, Jack, Katie, Jamie and Brendan. Viewing and Prayer Vigil will be held at Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes, Thursday, August 14, at 7:30 p.m. with Funeral Mass taking place on Friday, August 15, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. from St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church, luncheon to follow the interment service. If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to the charity of ones’ choice. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements.

BARABASH WALTER

BARABASH WALTER

BARABASH, Walter

March 30, 1927 - July 25, 2014

Walter Barabash was a genuinely happy man; he rarely went a day in his long life without spending as much time as he could outdoors; and he never wore a shirt whenever possible. Unfortunately, since suffering a stroke in December 2010, Dad was trapped indoors with not much to be happy about and he was constantly clothed. It is with sadness that we, his children, announce that Walter is gone but also with acceptance as he lost his spirit and his ability to pace, fish, build, fix, drive, shovel, climb, and whistle on that sad day in December. He did not; however, lose his sense of humour or his ability to accept life as it came. Walter passed away peacefully on 25th July in Drumheller, AB. More importantly, he lived a good life for over 87 years. Walter married Doreen Lowry on 25 July, 1953 and they raised their family in Grande Prairie, AB. Dad packed up and moved to Drumheller in 1999, after Doreen passed away, and it was there that he met Josephine Smith in 2002. Left to remember Walter are his children and grandchildren: Mike and Gaye Barabash, Tom, Simon, & Roy (Grande Prairie); Delores McKone (Drumheller); Janice and Dennis Mayer, Allison, Doyle, Shalon, Daryl, & Dwayne (Cranbrook); and Rae Barabash and Philippe Lusson, Emilie, Dante and Mateo (Clyde); his companion Josephine Smith of Drumheller; his younger brother Joseph and Lorraine Barabash of Calgary; numerous inlaws, nieces and nephews. At Walter’s request there will be no funeral. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to The War Amps in memory of Walter. You can read a full obituary about Walter by visiting the
following website: www.courtneywintersfuneralhome.ca

DURBANO Donna Mary (nee Chapin)

DURBANO Donna Mary (nee Chapin)

DURBANO, Donna Mary (nee Chapin)

March 15, 1949 - August 6, 2014

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Donna Mary Durbano on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at the Drumheller Regional Hospital at the age of 65 years. Donna is lovingly remembered by her devoted husband of 46 years, Albert; her four children, Doug (Marie), Allison, Allan (Jody) and Kathy (Clark); grandchildren, Lisa, Ryan (Kaitlyn), Tessa, Kimberly (Cassidy), Brady (Victoria), Jonathon, Jesse, Jarred, Sophia, Carver and Nick; brothers, Wayne (Liz) and Jordon . Donna was predeceased by her father, William Roy Chapin and mother, Avis Lenore Chapin (Bellamy). With special thanks to Donna’s cousins Pam and Laurie. Her large extended family and friends will remember Donna for her smile and over optimistic attitude and encouragement to all even though she was suffering. Throughout her battle with cancer over a 20 year span she never once complained and was always polite and brave. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Donna’s memory to S.T.A.R.S., Box 570, 1441 Aviation Park NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 8M7. The Celebration of Life will take place at St. Anthony’s Church, 151 – 3 Street W., Drumheller, AB on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Luncheon to follow at the Midland Hall, 131 – 1 Avenue NW, Drumheller, AB from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.myalternatives.ca.