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Last updateThu, 18 Oct 2018 9am

Condolences to the family of Violet Johnston


Violet F. (Vi)

August 10, 1926 - October 10, 2018

Violet Johnston passed away peacefully at the Drumheller Hospital at the age of 92 years. Vi is survived by her son Fraser (Kelly) of Vernon, B.C. and daughter Debbie (Greg) of High River; granddaughters: Brittany (Blaine) of Nanton, Randi (Dana) of Drumheller and Stacy of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; and great grandchildren Hunter and Hanna of Drumheller. She is predeceased by her loving husband Jim Johnston and sisters: Deedee Little, Denise Dawson, Judy Jewell and Katy Plews. Vi’s family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of Hanna Continuing Care and Drumheller Hospital, and especially to the staff of Sunshine Lodge and Drumheller Home Care Services who provided a supportive and caring living environment for her last few years. At Vi’s request, a private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice. To express condolences, please visit:

Condolences to the family of Simone Zacharuk



Simone Marie

September 24, 1923 - October 7, 2018

Simone Marie Zacharuk of Drumheller, Alberta, wife of the late Pete Zacharuk passed away peacefully on October 7, 2018 at the age of 95 years at the Hanna Continuing Care, Hanna, Alberta. Simone was born September 24, 1923 in Ghent, Belgium to Julienne & Marguerite Dhoore. Simone enjoyed crocheting and walking and spending time with her many dogs and travelling to the United States to visit relatives. Simone was predeceased by her husband, Pete Zacharuk, her parents, Julienne Dhoore and Marguerite (Geavart) Dhoore, brothers, Ernest Dhoore and Maurice Dhoore. Simone leaves to mourn, sister-in-law Mary Zacharuk, sister-in-law Kay Squire (Ev), niece Debra (Mike) Ohime, nephew Julienne (Susan) Dhoore, and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church, interment to follow at the Drumheller Cemetery. If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to the Drumheller Area Health Foundation (Recreational Therapy Department). Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements.

Condolences to the family of Lorraine Jorgensen





January 10, 1942 - October 9, 2018

Lorraine Degerness Jorgensen, beloved wife of Arnold Jorgensen, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at Calgary Foothills Hospital at the age of 76. Loving and missing her today are her husband Arnold, daughters and sons-in-law Shelly Osburne (Barry); Shannon Sambell (Lance); Sheryl Partington (Brian); Patricia (Patty) Baron (Henry). Grandchildren and Great-grandchildren Cody Hansen (Christine, Cole, Cohen); Crystal Janzen (Wendell, Evan, Colby); Amber Labelle (Chris); Justin Osburne (Nicole, Bradley); April Partington; Sarah Maunder (Darrell, Emmit, Aiden); Derek Osburne (Jackson, Landon); as well as many extended family and friends. Lorraine was born January 10, 1942 to parents Thomas Earl and Eleanor Murray and raised in Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan along with her big brother Gary. She worked in Winnipeg and in Melfort as a health care aide where she met and married Harry Degerness. Together they had four daughters, Shelly, Shannon, Sheryl, and Patty and called Delia ‘home’. In 1986, Harry passed away and Lorraine went to work in Drumheller. She later met and married Arnold Jorgensen and our family grew by five (Lori, Gordon, Barry, Pat and Randy). Together they worked hard, danced beautifully, crafted, camped, travelled and created 30 years of treasured memories with many family and friends. Lorraine will be remembered for her compassion, candor, tenacity, sincerity and nurturing. Her love of family and friends, her strong faith and her willingness to be of service to others made her a very special lady.

To her daughters she would say, “I am not perfect”.
and as true as that may be, we do know.
“She was perfect for us”.

We would like to thank those who assisted Lorraine these past few months for their loving kindness. All was truly appreciated by Mom and Arnold and family. At Lorraine’s request there will be no service. Cremation has taken place. If friends desire memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army Building Fund, P.O. Box 3097, Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y0.