Imke Zell photo copy
October 9, 1971 – August 7, 2013

Imke passed away on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 41 years of age. Predeceased by her father Karl, Imke is lovingly remembered by her husband Derrick Zell and his family, her mother Irmgard Borchert, brother; Sven Borchert, nephew;Lennart Borchert, as well as a circle of other relatives, friends, and colleagues at Clear Stream Energy Services.
Imke was born October 9, 1971 in Hamburg, Germany and came to Canada in 1982 with her family. She attended high school in Edmonton until 1985 when the family moved to Palto Alto, California where she finished high school before moving back to Germany where she learned the hotel business and moved back to Edmonton.
Imke got a job at Woody’s R.V. World in Springbank and in 2003 she met Derrick and came to Cochrane where they shared their lives together. She loved her animals especially horses.
A private celebration of Imke’s life will be held at a later date.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Imke’s memory may be made to the Wild Horses Society Of Alberta, or to the Cochrane Humane Society, Cochrane Humane Society, 62 Griffin Industrial Pt, Cochrane, AB T4C 0A3,

  1. On 13/08/2013 at 5:38 am Don and Diane Morgan Said:

    Dear Derrick,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Imke was such a fun and loving person. We will miss her so much.
    Diane and Don

  2. On 14/08/2013 at 8:20 am Karen Johnston-Fowler Said:

    We were so saddened to hear of Imke’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Derrick, and your family and the Borchert family. We are very happy to have been given the opportunity to meet Imke just a couple of weeks ago, as Devon and Lisa were married. Stay strong. Karen and Dennis Fowler

  3. On 14/08/2013 at 8:23 am Karen Griffin Said:

    Derrick! Lee and I just Loved Imke! So sorry for your tremendous loss….Imke will be missed more than you know. I feel blessed to have known her! xo

  4. On 14/08/2013 at 10:18 am Jeff and Sharon Winsor Said:

    So sorry to hear of Imke’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We are glad we had the opportunity to meet her and share a few laughs. I am sure she will be greatly missed by all!

  5. On 16/08/2013 at 8:39 am Tracey and Dan Said:

    Dear Derrick,

    We’re shocked and so very sorry for your loss. Hold on to all the happy memories you have of Imke – she loved you dearly. Please pass on our condolences to Irmgard and Sven.

    Tracey and Dan

  6. On 16/08/2013 at 11:44 am Sharon Lazaruk Said:

    Words fail me. You brought her such great joy. She loved you with her whole heart.
    I am so sorry Derrick.

    Imke was so much help for me when Lawrence passed away. I will cherish memories of our friendship and fun times for always. My heart goes out to you, Sven and Lennart.

  7. On 16/08/2013 at 1:29 pm David & Andrea Reid Said:

    Our thoughts and prayrs are with you. Imke will be greatly missed.

    David and Andrea

  8. On 17/08/2013 at 7:43 am Fritz Painsi Said:

    Derrick and Family, our deepest sympathy for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult times.
    Fritz & Jackie Painsi.

  9. On 21/08/2013 at 6:33 am Petra and Tom Said:

    Imke was a friend of ours when we lived in Canada. We are shocked and so sorry about her passing. She was such a personality and a good friend when we needed her. Imke was bigger than life.
    Please accept our condolences. Losing a loved one is never easy.
    Petra Netuka and Tom Zhibo (Czech Republic)

  10. On 21/08/2013 at 11:34 am Bev & Gord Phillips Said:

    We have just returned from holidays and read of Imke’s passing. Our most profound condolences to you and your families. She always made us laugh with that bigger than life personality.
    Bev & Gord Phillips

  11. On 22/08/2013 at 2:07 pm Hana Said:

    I am shocked and very sorry about Imke,s passing . Please accept my profound condolences .
    Hana Netuka Golden BC

  12. On 23/08/2013 at 2:21 pm Diane Ulanicki Said:

    Deepest condolences to you Derrick, Irmgard, Sven, and Lennart.
    Very shocked and saddened for our loss. Imke was a great spirit!!! She will be missed.
    Sincerely, Diane & Elise

  13. On 30/08/2013 at 12:04 pm Sharon Cambpell Said:


    I am in disbelief of your loss. I was back in Newfoundland when I got the news. I worked with Imke at Cobra(ClearStream). She referred to me as her little newfie buddy or short stuff. I will truly miss our quick shops at No Frills and Sobeys. My thoughts go out to you and your family during this difficult time.

    Regards, Sharon Campbell

  14. On 20/11/2014 at 3:10 am Inge und Gerd Said:

    Nach solange Zeit sind die Gedanken noch bei Imke , aber nun sollte doch der Nachruf gelöscht werden .

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