Coralee Cynthia Jane Zaharko (nee Kokotilo)


After a courageous seven year fight with cancer Coralee’s Spirit left her body on April 12, 2018 while in the Palliative Care Unit at the Ft. Saskatchewan Community Hospital. She was only 54 years of age.

Left to cherish her memory are her immediate family: husband of 30 years Kevin Zaharko, son Dylan (Cassie) Zaharko with baby Levi, son Mathew (Karlee) Zaharko, sister Judy (Wayne) Bekkerus, brother Barry Kokotilo,  nieces: Rhonda Mudryk and Janelle (Noel) Purvis, great nephews: Zachary Mudryk and Aiden Purvis and great niece Payton Purvis, sister-in-law: Bonnie (Tom) Hunter.  There are so many others who loved Coralee.  She will live on in their hearts as well.

Many awaited Coralee’s arrival in heaven. Her parents Bill and Elizabeth Kokotilo, sister Jackie Beaudoin and nephew Jason,  father-in-law Emil Zaharko and she would finally meet Kevin’s Mom. The welcoming party also included grandparents, other family and friends who had gone before.

Coralee will be remembered firstly for her love.  A devoted, brave, strong, determined, stubborn, assertive woman with a mischievous tendency who worked her guardian angels overtime.

Celebration of Life Service will be held on May 2, 2018 at 2:00 pm at  Dow Centennial Centre, 8700 84 St, Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L 4P5

Cremation has taken place.

Arrangements entrusted to: Serenity Funeral Service, 9914 103 St, Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L 2C9

Deep expression of gratitude to the Doctors, Nurses and all staff at the Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital for their compassionate care.

In Lieu of flowers Donations in Coralee’s memory can be made to:

Fort Saskatchewan Families First Society, 9901 90 St, Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L 3T1

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Celebration of Life
Dow Centennial Centre

8700 84 St
Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L 4P5

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Nina Hawirko

“Coralee” I met this wonderful lady a few years ago and had some lovely times with her and Cheryl W. She was a warm, loving, fun and such a caring lady. Her spirit will always be around, to her husband and family I am so very sorry for your loss. Take care RIP Coralee ❤️

Michele Parker (nee: Budzak)

My heartfelt condolences to you Kevin and your family. I have known Coralee since Junior High and have so many fond memories of her over the years. She certainly made a wonderful entrance wherever she went. She will be missed RIP…… I am grateful to have known her.

Cheryl & Gord Babichuk

Our sincere condolences to Kevin, Dylan, Matthew and families. Coralee will be missed by so many, but take comfort in knowing she is lighting up heaven with her fun loving personality. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Diana Mahowich

To Coralee’s family I was so sorry to see and hear that she had lost her battle. I knew Coralee from Jr. High School and always remembered her as such a smiley happy young girl. I am so sorry for your loss. May God watch over you all now and always and help you through your grieving process. Again my deepest condolences.

Trish and Scott Davies

Coralee’s loving spirit and laughter always shined bright. We will alway cherish the special vacation to me we shared in Sicamous. Our thoughts are with all her family and friends. We are so sorry for your loss

Tracy Veen (nee Klinger)

I am sorry to read of your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to ever who is mourning this special woman. Although I have not seen the family in a very long time, Coralee was always very genuine and friendly to everyone.

Deanna Vaters

Psalm 73:26 KJV

26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

Praying for peace and comfort.

Ann-Marie Weir

Our thoughts and love are being sent to you Kevin, Dylan, Matthew and family. I just loved Coralee’s beauty, confidence & personality and smile. Special lady she was! Fond memories & good times we shared in the younger years. So glad, I was able to talk with Coralee during this journey she was on, what a gracious lady and friend. I hope any comfort or support others can give you Kevin and boys, lets you know how much Coralee was loved and you were blessed to have such a Beautiful Wife & Mother.

Love Ann-Marie & Jack Weir

Glenn Bielech & Daisy Harpe

Condolences and deepest sympathies to Kevin and Coralee’s extended family. RIP.

John Conroy

My thoughts and prayers are with your family , Mrs Zaharko was my grade 12 at Fort High , cooking/baking teacher . Getting to meet your whole family during that year , She was a wonderful person . I found it amazing how the odd time we came across each other over the years she never forgot me . I hope she’s making those delicious chocolate chip cookies where ever she is .

My thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.

John Conroy

Elsie Schabert

My sincere condolences to Kevin and the whole family. My thoughts and prayers are with you❤️

Marilyn Robinson

You were a amazing and courageous woman, the years we both worked at Fort High I have so many fond memories of you. You will be missed❤️

Paul & Denise Pankiw & Family

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Kevin, Dylan, Mathew and all the rest of the family. Coralee left a lasting impression on everyone she met! She was a beautiful soul. We were all lucky to have had the honor to meet her and have her in our lives. Heaven received a blessed angel!! Hugs to all of you.

Kate Young

I saw Coralee for the first time in years before Christmas. She told me about her situation. I was amazed at her courage, grace and acceptance. I don’t know what else to say – I am very sorry.

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