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ZACHARIAS, Deborah “Debi” Marie

August 25, 1956 – Regina, Saskatchewan
April 5, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Debi beloved wife of Ken Zacharias of Calgary, AB, passed away on April 5, 2014 at the age of 57 years, after fighting a courageous battle with cancer.

Although too short, Debi lived life to the fullest. She spent 40 wonderful years with her husband Ken. They raised their three children in Saskatoon, SK before moving to Calgary, AB a few years ago. After retiring from a successful career as a Certified Management Accountant, Debi found a renewed passion for arts, including painting and photography, hiking, biking and traveling.

She is survived by her husband Ken Zacharias; three children, Shanna Zacharias (Nolan Jansen), Craig (Talayna) Zacharias, and Kristen (Kyle) Gibson; her mother Yvonne Debelle (Philip Shaw); her three sisters, Marie Frey (Darren Vandesype), Susan (Robert) Bretescher, and Janet (Larry) Raiwet; and numerous nieces and nephews. Her father, Allan Frey, preceded her in death.

A Private Celebration of Debi’s Life will be held. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial donations can be sent directly to the Southern Alberta Myeloma Patient Society, PO Box 8165, Stn A, Calgary, Alberta, T2H 0H7.

In living memory of Debi Zacharias, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Andrew Brien :

    We cannot know what you and your family are going through Ken, but we are thinking of you during this difficult time.

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  2. Ken… I am deeply saddened to hear of Debi’s passing. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

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  3. Ken and family. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you.

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  4. Ken, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Strength to you from Jacquie and I.

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  5. Ken, I am so very sorry to hear the sad news of Debi’s death. I remember her with great affection as she was such a good and kind member of the Children’s Festival board during her years in Saskatoon. I send my sincere sympathy to you and your family.

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  6. Derrick and Marie lane :

    Our deepest sympathies to you and your family.
    We are so sorry for your loss.

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  7. I am so very sorry for your loss. It was so nice getting to know Debi and Ken. Words cannot express feelings appropriately. My thoughts are with you.

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  8. Laurie Michalycia :

    Ken and family, I am so sorry to hear of Debi’s passing. Let the good memories console you during this difficult time.

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  9. Kim Quintin :

    Ken, I am sorry about your loss.

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  10. Gail and Collin Bowman :

    We extend our deepest sympathy and love to you Ken and your children, and family. We are most sorry to learn of Debi’s passing through the newspaper this morning. Your Saskatoon neighbours, Collin and Gail Bowman.

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  11. Shirley Joubert :

    Ken & family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Debi’s passing. Thinking of you during this difficult time.

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  12. James Pearce :

    Ken
    I am so very sorry for your loss and can only imagine how you feel. I trust that Debi is at peace and believe that she lives on in you, your family and close friends. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  13. Myrna Buttner :

    Dear Ken and Family: You are in my prayers. I am honored to have known Debi. She was a kind, lovely person. Debi will be missed. May you take comfort in knowing that you have an angel to watch over you now. With my deepest condolences, Myrna – CMA Saskatchewan.

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  14. Judy Ferguson :

    My sincerest condolences to Ken and family.

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  15. Nancy Shamanna :

    Dear Ken and family, please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of Deb. I never saw her without a lovely smile, and enjoyed meeting her and attending meetings and events with her over the last few years. I am so sorry that she is gone. Nancy

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  16. Dennis Heinrichs :

    It is with great sadness that i send you this note. I remember Debi as a very special lady who always had a smile. My thoughts and prayers go with you Ken and family as you deal with your loss.

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  17. Rick Lehmann :

    Ken and family, I am so sorry to hear about Debi. I had no idea she wasn’t well. We lost track of you, didn’t know where you were. I saw the notice in the S’toon paper. She will be missed for sure. Ken I will be praying for you and your family. We need to get together sometime. Be Blessed . Rick

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  18. Jackie Dupuis :

    To Ken & Family
    “I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.” Leo Buscaglia

    May these thoughts and prayers guide you through the sad days ahead

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  19. Val Jackson :

    Ken and family, we were so sorry to hear of Debi’s passing. She was such a beautiful and courageous woman. We are truly saddened. Our hearts go out to you. Val and Brian.

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  20. Linda Astrope :

    Ken and family,

    I am deeply saddened to hear about Debi’s passing. I will always think of her with a smile on her face and the love of life she always had in her heart. She has touched so many peoples’ lives. Take comfort in your memories. Hugs and prayers to you all.

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  21. Tyla Arnason :

    I am saddened to hear of Debi’s passing. I only knew her a couple years, but I very much enjoyed having her in my yoga classes. She was always a bright light who carried a beautiful energy with her. Deepest condolences to her family.

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  22. Henry & Edna Zacharias :

    Ken: Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. We know she will be deeply missed but she will be without pain & suffering. May you draw close to the only One who can truly comfort and bless you with peace. May her memories linger on.

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  23. Dear Ken and family. With heartfelt condolences, I am thinking of you and your family at this time.

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  24. I was so saddened to hear of Debi’s passing – my thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  25. Sincere sympathy to Debi’s family. I attended programs at Wellspring with Debi a few times over the past few years. She was a lovely person to talk to.

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  26. Mandy Windecker :

    Ken and family,

    Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Debi was a beautiful person and it was an honor to know her.

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  27. Dear Ken Zacharias and Family
    My sincere condolence to you and your family. I met Debi on a couple of occasions. You spoke of her often in our conversations. My thoughts are with you.

    Sincerely
    Gord Marsh

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  28. Fontaine family :

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

    Steve Johanne Rachelle and Steven

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  29. Linda (Letkemann) Rosluk :

    Dear Ken & family,
    My deepest condolences on the passing of Debi. I’m sure you will cherish the many memories that you had together.

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  30. Merv & Mary-Lou Dyck :

    Dear Ken,
    We were shocked to hear the sad news of Debi’s death. We are thinking of you and your family. We pray that you will be carried by strength given to you through the love of friends, closeness of family and the presence of faith as you tread this new path.
    Merv and Mary-Lou

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  31. Donna Hefter :

    I was very sorry to hear of Debi’s passing. I enjoyed our Healing Journey Sessions at Wellspring Calgary and am grateful that our paths crossed recently at Tom Baker.
    Thinking of you and your family at this very difficult time.
    Donna Hefter

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  32. Ken and Family:
    It has been many years since Debi and I worked together at InfraReady. Her presence had a calming influence in our early days of business which still pervades. My condolences to all. She was a great colleague.
    Mark Pickard

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