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Samay ANNE (nee Gombos)


Samay, Anne (nee Gombos)

June 18, 1924 in Czech Republic - February 18, 2015 in Drumheller, Alberta

Anne immigrated to Canada from the Czech Republic at the age of fourteen with her mother Anna and brother Michael to join their father making East Coulee their new home where her father worked in the coal mines. She met Frank Samay while working as a nanny in Shaughnessy, AB. They married on October 26, 1946. Throughout their married life, they lived in Shaughnessy, East Coulee, Saskatoon and then back to Drumheller in their retirement years. Anne passed away in Continuing Care at the Drumheller Hospital with her daughters Marge and Lynn and granddaughter Janet by her side. Anne is survived by her daughter Marjorie (Clayton) Schrock, son Larry (Kathy) Samay, and Lynn Sonstelie (Doug Howdle) and nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Anne was predeceased by her parents George and Anne Gombos, her brother Michael and her beloved husband Frank. A Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 with Father Fernando Genogaling officiating Courtney-Winters Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.




McLEOD, Amelia Martha

May 25, 1915 - February 13, 2015

Amelia McLeod known to her friends as Millie, to her five children as mom, and to her grandchildren and great grandchildren as Grandma and Great Grandma; passed away peacefully with family holding her hands, where she appeared content and knew it was her time to be with God. Millie , just three months short of being a Centenarian (as she would have been 100 on May 25, 2015) has seen more than most of us would imagine- from oxcarts and natives circling their tent home, horse and plough, to today’s computer world and space program.  Millie was a fantastic cook and loved sharing her meals with family and friends. She was well known for her roast chicken, angel food cakes from scratch and her fresh bread and buns. She was predeceased by her husband Neil of 50 years in 1988, her parents Ludwig and Michaelena, nine sisters and one brother plus a grandson, Scott.  She is survived by her two sisters Frances(Charlie), Helen and one brother Clarence, her children Doreen(Pius), Barry(Jan), Ron(Sandy), Sam(Sue), Shelley(Roger), twelve grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren and literally hundreds of nieces and nephews as she is a descendant of good Polish Catholic heritage (Samoleski). Raised in southern Saskatchewan, Millie and her husband Neil left the comfortable community of Claydon Saskatchewan in 1954, for a new start in the Delia area to accommodate the further education of their four children which was followed by the addition of Shelley in 1956.  As a couple they were active in the community and their favourite pastimes were dancing and playing cards. After Neil’s passing, Millie carried on as a widow with involvement in the church, 4-H, and seniors drop in centre of which they were both founding members.  Millie would frequently be spotted in the garden with her special cap on as gardening was an enjoyable pastime for her. Because of her almost 100 years; she was also predeceased by most of her friends and will be sadly missed by those remaining friends and family.  In memory of Millie’s life, donations may be made to the Delia and District Seniors Drop In Centre, Box 151 Delia Alberta, T0J 0W0.  The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at the Long Term Care in Hanna for their wonderful care of Millie. There will be prayers for Millie at 7 pm May 22 and a funeral Mass at 11 am May 23 at St. George’s Catholic Church in Hanna; followed by interment at the Delia Cemetery with lunch at the Delia Community Centre to celebrate her life. Heartland Funeral Services Ltd., Hanna, entrusted with arrangements. 403-854-2758, www.heartlandfuneralservices.com.



CODE, John Finlay

April 16, 1919 - February 17, 2015

John Finlay Code passed away peacefully, with family at his side, in the Foothills Country Hospice at the age of 95. Finlay (Fin) was born in Red Deer to J. B. and Flora, and spent early years at New Brigden and Red Deer, with sister Betty and brother Duncan, until 1928 when the family moved to Carbon . Finlay received schooling in Carbon and Garrett, then began supporting his family by working for area farmers in Carbon and Hesketh. Dad remembered earning 50 cents/day shovelling wheat for Garrett’s threshing crew. When World War II began, Finlay was working for Merle Anderson.  In July of 1940 he decided to join the Armed Forces, training in Calgary and Camp Borden, Ontario until he embarked in Nov. 1941. Finlay landed on French soil on D- day, advancing through Belgium, Holland and Germany. In later years, a cherished possession was the medallion awarded him by the Dutch government. Finlay was discharged Oct. 1945. After a short stint at the Atlas mine, he worked in Calgary and then Carbon where he and Duncan began business together: trucking, selling Cockshutt machinery, and farming. 1952 presented an opportunity to buy  Bob Levin’s place from Dick Garrett. Duncan farmed while Dad worked at P&H in Dunphy, then  General Supplies in Calgary. He met Shirley Anderson while square dancing and they were married in 1954.  They moved to the farm in 1959, bringing Barbara and Lynne. Sons David and Laurie were born in the early 60’s. Finlay spent 33 years on the farm, before retiring to Crossfield. On the farm he was jack of all trades, using past experiences to persevere.  He was a member of numerous organizations and served on many boards, including Drumheller Hospital Board and Drumheller Health Unit Board. In retirement he maintained  Masonic and Legion membership. Finlay and Shirley celebrated their 60th anniversary in April 2014, before Mom’s passing in May.  He is survived by daughters Barbara and Lynne Code (Barry Sawada), sons David (Linda) and Laurie (Elaine) and grandchildren Jordan and Justan Sawada, and Micayla and Jillian Code. He is also survived by sisters- in -law Gwen Code and Thelma Meyer, and extended family.  The family is grateful to staff at South Health Campus and, especially,  Foothills Country Hospice, Okotoks  for the compassionate care provided to Dad. In memory, donations may be made to The Kidney Foundation of Canada, 5165 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite #300, Montreal QC, H4A 1T6.  The funeral will be at Crossfield United Church, 2:00 Saturday, February 28.