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CUNCANNON, John Burke (Jack)

September 21, 1935 - March 6, 2016

Jack passed away peacefully Sunday March 6, 2016 in Drumheller at the age of 80 years. Jack was born in Drumheller, Alberta on September 21, 1935, the youngest child of Stanley and Beatrice Cuncannon. Jack married Lynley (Harper) July 16, 1966. Jack was well known for his piano playing plus orchestra and piano tuning. His lifelong passion was restoring tractors especially his W40 International. Jack was raised at the homestead on the Sunbeam Road, and remained on the family farm until his retirement. He was a proud member at the Pioneer Acres for over 40 years, and a lifelong member of the Sunbeam Community. Jack was a well known walking historian in Morrin and surrounding areas and he had a knack for recalling events to the day of the week and if the weather was sunny, raining, or a snow blizzard when the event or birth occurred. He enjoyed spending time with family, grandchildren and friends. Jack was predeceased by his parents Stanley and Beatrice Cuncannon; brothers, Vern and Bob Cuncannon; brother-in-law, Colin Churchill. Jack is survived by his wife, Lynley; sister, Grace Churchill; sons, Laurence (Wendy), Patrick (Frankie); granddaughters, Melissa, Megan, Madeline Cuncannon, Sydney Vickers; great grandchildren, Adele and Korah. Funeral Services for Jack will be held on Friday March 11, 2016 from ST. ANTHONY’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH at 2:00 P.M. with Father Fernando Genogaling as celebrant. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Memory of Jack to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements.



HAWRYLUK, James Nicholas Alexander

October 17,1984 - March 2, 2016

It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of James Nicholas Alexander Hawryluk on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at the age of 31 years. James was born in Calgary,
Alberta, October 17, 1984 to Jim and Andrea Hawryluk. James took all of his schooling in the Drumheller Valley. Involved in many sports. Upon completion of high school from DCHS, he worked in many and varied jobs, excelling in each and every one. James had many pastimes that he loved, hunting, fishing, and many hours spent quading. Family and friends were a priority for James, he spent every special occasion with his family. James loved people, socializing was a large part of his life. James was predeceased by his Mom, Andrea Hawryluk, his Grandma, Anne Manchee, Grandpa, Sandy MacDonald, Uncle, Darren MacDonald. James leaves to cherish his memory, his Dad, Jim (Debra Owen) Hawryluk, Brother, Dan, his Girlfriend, Rae Senko, Rae’s Family, Grandma, Sophie Savrtka, numerous Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins, and a lifetime of friends. We will miss his smile, his zest for life, and his loving nature. A Celebration of James’s Life will be held Saturday March 12, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. from the DRUMHELLER STAMPEDE BARN. A time of fellowship and light refreshment will follow the service, everyone is welcome to stay and share memories of James. If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements.



O’BRIEN, Christine

July 23, 1969 - February 24, 2016

Christine O’Brien, of Morrin, Alberta beloved wife of Steve O’Brien, beloved mother of Connor and Kieran, passed away in Drumheller on February 24, 2016 at the age of 46 years. Christine’s faith wasn’t shaken through the storm. The journey through her illness only strengthened that Christ was her anchor and her hope. Christine was born July 23, 1969 in Drumheller, Alberta to Doug and Janis Siemens (Morrin, Alberta). She moved to Grande Prairie with her family in 1973, attending Brownies, she played the flute beautifully, loved singing and entertaining at family and community events with her siblings. Christine moved back to Morrin in 1981 where she attended Junior and High School. Christine was involved with 4-H sewing and Canskate. After graduation from Morrin, Christine went to Red Deer College for a year and took Interior Design, upon completion Christine moved back home and took Business Management in Drumheller. She met the love of her life, Steve O’Brien and they were married November 25, 1989. At that time she worked at Petro Canada and IGA, the couple moved a few times from Drumheller to Carbon, and settled down in Morrin. Once in Morrin, the couple purchased a home, and Christine started working at Nielsen & Siemens, which became Nielsen & Wolfe and now Western Financial. Christine started working there in 1992 and was a dedicated insurance agent for 23 years. She was blessed with her first son Connor in 1996, and her second son Kieran in 2004. Christine loved camping and her holidays with family. She was beautiful inside and out. Christine’s relationship with Jesus was the core to how she lived her life, whether assisting insurance clients or laughing with family, the character of Christ was reflected. She always saw the good in everyone. “I have set the Lord always before me, because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken”. Psalm 16:5 Christine leaves to mourn her loving husband, Steve, her wonderful sons, Connor & Kieran, her parents, Doug & Janis Siemens, her siblings, Gayle (Roger) Church, Susan (Trevor) Woodford, Jennie Berge, Steven (Julia) Siemens, her grandma, Beth Siemens, her extended family, the O’Briens, numerous Nieces, Nephews, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and a lifetime of friends. Christine was predeceased by her grandparents, Oddie & Jennie Moe, grandparent, John Siemens Sr., and niece Allyn Church. Family and friends paid their respects between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. on March 1, 2016 at Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes (199 2nd Ave and 2nd Street west on the corner). Funeral services for Christine was held Wednesday March 2, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. from the MORRIN COMMUNITY HALL, Morrin, Alberta with Pastor Brent Rushinka officiating, interment followed at the Morrin Cemetery. There was time for fellowship and light refreshment immediately following the committal service at the MORRIN COMMUNITY HALL. If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements.