A journey of immigrants from the Moravia region of what is today the Czech Republic, the Sumara family sailed from Liverpool UK onboard the S.S. Ionian, arriving at the Port of Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Christmas Eve, 1904. They joined a wave of European immigrants searching for a new beginning in a promising new land. Working in the coal mines of Sydney and Springhill, the Sumara family settled in Cumberland County near Oxford.
This family was no different than other immigrant families... joy and sorrow, successes and setbacks, new lives and forgotten memories. Two sons were lost, one in each of the World Wars. Children were lost to accident and illness, parents to age and the struggle to raise a family in a new land. The Sumara family represents a very small portion of Canada's immigrant population, now in its fifth generation, with only a handful spread out across the country.
Vencel Sumara & Anna Pastor
(d. 1917 [farm accident])
(m. Douglas Rushton)
(m. Otillie Lazars)
(KIA, France, 1918)
(m. Oliver King)
(d. 1921 [drowning])
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World War I
Private Albin Joseph Sumara
KIA 28 August 1918, France
LEST WE FORGET
World War II
Private Albin Frank Sumara
KIA 1 November 1944, Belgium
King, Marie Bozena (nee Sumara)
Sumara, Florence (nee Jollimore)
Sumara, John Julian
Sumara, Charles Vincent
Sumara, Vencel Jr.
Sumara, Otillie ("Tillie"; nee Lazars)
Sumara, Doris (nee )
King, Blanche (nee )
Rushton, Annie Valeria (nee Sumara)
Sumara, Eleanor (nee )
Sumara, Albin Frank
Myatt Helen (nee Rushton)
Sumara, Eva (nee West)
Sumara, Albin Joseph
Sumara, Francisec ("Frank")
Gilroy, Viva Beatrice ("Vie"; nee Crawford)
Sumara, Anna (nee Pastor)
23 November 1896 — 28 August 1918
Service Number: 111480
Unit: 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles (2nd Central Ontario Regt.)
VIS-EN-ARTOIS BRITISH CEMETERY, HAUCOURT
Pas de Calais, France
Grave Reference: VI. J. 21.
Vis-en-Artois and Haucourt are villages in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, on the road from Arras to Cambrai. The VIS-EN-ARTOIS BRITISH CEMETERY, HAUCOURT is at the north side of the main road between the two villages.
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World War I
Private Albin Joseph Sumara
The funeral of Annie, wife of Vencil Sumara, took place from her home on Tuesday afternoon, January 20th.
A large number of neighbors and friends gathered at the home to pay their tribute of respect to one who had lived in the neighborhood for many years, and by the quietness of her life had endeared herself to a large number of her neighbors.
Coming from Austria more than 20 years ago, she, with her husband, settled on a farm at Hansford, where they reared their family. Many sorrows have come into their home during the past few years; one son was killed in the late war, another son was killed near the home, a daughter was drowned in 1927, and now the mother of the home is gone.
Funeral services were conducted at the home and a comforting message was brought to the stricken by Rev. Frank Smith, pastor of the Oxford Baptist Church. Much sympathy is felt for the remaining members of the family, the father a short time ago having the misfortune to fall on the ice and break his leg. He is slowly improving, but was, of course, unable to follow the remains of his wife to its last resting place in the Thomson cemetery, where the bodies of other members of the family lay resting.
[Source: The Oxford Journal, Thursday, 22 January 1931, Page 5, Column 4. Provided by Mary Willa Littler]
1870 — 1931
Sumara, Charles Vincent - 94 of Wolfville formerly of Oxford, passed away peacefully with his family present on August 2, 2011 following a brief illness in the Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville.
Born in Joggins, N.S. on April 9th 1917, he was a son of the late Frank & Ottilie (Lazarz) Sumara. Charlie was a journeyman machinist at the Oxford Foundry & Machine Co. for 39 years, even building a steam engine from the ground up.
He was also a master craftsman in woodworking, designing many pieces of furniture which were given to his family & friends. Charlie was an active member of the Oxford Baptist Church, having served many years as a deacon. He also loved singing in the choir and participated in many community activities, including the town council.
Other interests included fishing, golf, curling, gardening, needlepoint and especially spending time with his grandchildren.
Charlie is survived by his wife of 66 years: Eva (West); daughters: Diane (Grant) McAllister of Halifax, Nancy (Charles) Purdy of Malagash; brother: Ron of Springhill; five grandchildren: Shannon (Shane) Robilliard, Darren McAllister, Julia (Jamie) Shipley, Rachel (Zack) Purdy-MacKenzie, Miranda Purdy; six great grandchildren: Sumara, Kaden, Patrick, Nathan, Jakob & Isabella; he also had many nieces & nephews.
He was predeceased by his brothers: Albert, Albin, John & Edward.
There will be no visitation by family request. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 6, 2011 from the Stoney Hill Baptist Church, Lockhartville. Rev. Gary Manthorne officiating. A reception will take place in the church hall immediately following the service. Interment will take place in the Lower Horton Cemetery, Grand Pre. The funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Annapolis Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 34 Coldbrook Village Park Drive, Coldbrook. Family flowers only.
Donations in memory of Charlie may be made to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made through www.annapolisvalleyfuneralhome.com
[Source: Annapolis Valley Funeral Home, Coldbrook, NS]
1917 — 2011
SUMARA, Doris I. Peacefully with her family present, at Rosebridge Manor, Easton's Corners on Friday, June 12th, 2009 Doris Irene (McKinnon) Sumara in her 82nd year.
Beloved wife for 56 years of John J. Sumara. Cherished mother of Jeffrey J. and his wife Kim and grandmother of Sarah and Dylann of Toledo. Dear sister of Hilda (late Delbert) Truelove, Norma ('Bud') Thomas, Glenna (late Scott) Dunham, Judy (late Conrad) DiPietro, Vern (Elizabeth) McKinnon and the late Gordon 'Buddy' McKinnon.
Doris will be sadly missed by her sister-in-law Mary McKinnon, all her nieces, nephews, friends and family. Friends may pay their respects at the Blair & Son Funeral Home, 15 Gore St. W. Perth on Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Funeral service will be held in the Chapel on Wednesday at 1:30 P.M. Interment will be held at a later date in Crawford Cemetery, McDonald's Corners.
In remembrance, contributions to the Alzheimer Society of Lanark County would be appreciated. The family wish to thank the staff of Rosebridge Manor for their support care and compassion shown to Doris.
Blair & Son Funeral Home, Perth, 267-3765to send your condolences or for further information visit www.blairandson.com
SUMARA, Edward Douglas - Upper Clements. On October 1, 2008, Edward, born on April 8, 1927, completed his life's journey at the age of 81 years. He slipped away peacefully in the hands of God and his family in the early morning hours of October 1. He fought a long and courageous battle with cancer and remained focussed on life, not death, until the end. When cancer takes lives, it cannot take "spirits", and his was an inspiration for us all.
Born in Springhill, he was a son of the late Frank and Winnifred Sumara of Springhill. In Halifax, he pursued a career with Canada Post. He retired from the Customer Service and Claims Division, Atlantic Postal Regional Office after 34 years of service. Edward was a proud and honorable brother of the Masonic family. He was a Master Mason and a Past Master of Annapolis Royal Lodge No. 33, Past High Priest of Eureka Chapter 5, and Officer of Austin Bentley Chapter No. 15. He was also a member of the Shriner and a past member of the Dartmouth Lions Club.
Edward was a man of quiet temperament and strong faith. He was an active member of the Anglican Parish of Clements, Upper Clements, and the first male choir member, followed by others, until his health failed. He traveled extensively, and really enjoyed meeting new people, especially with his fifth wheel travel trailer in later years throughout Texas and the southern states. He "lived one day at a time" and had so many fond memories of times spent at his cottage in Northport on the Amherst Shore with friends and family.
Edward enjoyed many activities, namely golf, ballroom and square dancing, oil painting, carpentry, gardening with his wife, music, quiet walks and lot of reading, especially historical novels and travel logs. He was an accomplished cook and host to family and friends, who spent wonderful moments at his table and home, learning his cooking secrets.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Florence Jollymore; brothers, Albion and Albert, and stepdaughter, Valerie Ann. Surviving to cherish many precious memories are his loving wife, Jeanette (Forcey Leslie); brothers, John (Doris) and family, Jasper, Ont.; Charlie (Eva) and family, Wolfville; Ronald, Springhill; sister-in-law, Eleanor and family, Espalona, Ont.; stepchildren, Blaine (Jane), Port Elgin, Ont.; Sharon (Rob), Lower Sackville; Stephen (Donna), Toronto, Ont. He was "Papa" to Brett, Lauren, Bradley, Brian, Brittany, Christopher, Jeannine and Brennen, his grandchildren. He was extremely proud of his children and grandchildren's achievements and loved him as his own, as they loved him.
The Sumara family wishes to acknowledge and thank his whole medical team, whose expertise, care and compassion meant so much to him and Jeanette, namely Dr. Catherine McNally, V.O.N. staff, home support workers, and especially to the complete palliative care staff of Annapolis Community Health Centre.
A special thank you to Father Neish and family. Never will we forget the kindness, compassion and generosity of those whose thoughtfulness touched our lives in numerous ways throughout his illness. Ed's immense kindness and generosity of spirit will be forever treasured by those who loved and knew him best.
"Shared grief is half the sorrow but happiness when shared is doubled".
Arrangements have been entrusted to Kaulbach Family Funeral Home, Annapolis Royal. Cremation has taken place and funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Monday, October 6, in St. Edward's Anglican Church, Clementsport, with Father Gordon Neish officiating. Private family interment will be in Old St. Edwards Cemetery. Family flowers only.
Donations may be made to the Palliative Care Unit at Annapolis Community Health Centre, Annapolis Royal, or to Old St. Edwards Cemetery Fund. E-mail condolences may be sent to: KAULBACHFH@...
"You were always there when I needed you, no task too great or small, with loving heart and willing hands for me, you did them all. For all the blessings life has given me, and all that's left to do, I've never known a greater gift, than the years I shared with you". Love J
[Source: Friday 03-October-2008 www.thechronicleherald.ca Halifax NS]
1927 — 2008
SUMARA, Eleanor - Eleanor of Espanola passed away at the Espanola Regional Hospital on Sunday August 28, 2011 in her 93rd year. Beloved wife of the late Al Sumara (1995).
Loving mother of MaryAnne Gawalko of Espanola and Gerry (wife Joyce) of West Guilford, Ont. Will be sadly missed by 4 grandchildren Melissa and Nathan Gawalko and Robert and David Sumara. Dear sister of Mrs Joyce Brown of Steetsville and the late Eileen Hollinger and Muriel Mc Cabe. Cremation.
A Memorial visitation will be on Wednesday August 31, 2011 from 9U30am to the time of the Memorial Service at 11U00am in the BOURCIER FUNERAL HOME, Espanola with Rev. Henk Willem officiating. Interment of ashes in the Espanola Cemetery.
If so desired, donations to the VON or St. Gerorge's Anglican Curch, Espanola would be appreciated.
Sumara, Eva Leanna (nee West)
1914 — 2014
Sumara, Eva Leanna (West), 99, of Parkland Truro, formerly of Wolfville and Oxford, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 18, 2014 in Truro. Born in West Brooklyn on October 25, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Horace and Cora (Burgher) West.
Eva received her teachers certificate from Normal College, Truro and a BA from Acadia University, Wolfville. She taught for 20 years in different schools in Nova Scotia. She was a talented seamstress, knitter, quilter & enjoyed vegetable gardening & preserving as well as world travelling. Eva was active in the Baptist church and sang in various choirs. She liked to please her grandchildren by baking a batch of rolls and was especially proud of her family and their accomplishments.
Eva is survived by daughters; Diane (Grant) McAllister of Halifax, Nancy (Charles) Purdy of Malagash; brother Gerald (Mildred) West of Wolfville, sister Myrna (Ron) Conrad of Kentville; five grandchildren; Shannon Robilliard, Darren McAllister, Julia (Jamie) Shipley, Rachel (Zack) Purdy-MacKenzie, Miranda Purdy; six great grandchildren; Jakob, Patrick, Nathan, Sumara, Kaden and Isabella. She also had many nieces and nephews. Eva was predeceased by her husband, Charles, brother Asahel West, sisters Della Thompson, Evangeline Tracey & Madeline Doig.
There will be no visitation by family request. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 11am, from the Stoney Hill Baptist Church, Lockhartville, Rev. Dr. Barry Morrison officiating. Interment will take place in the Lower Horton Cemetery, Grand Pré. A reception will be held in the church hall following the interment. By request family flowers only. The funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Serenity Lindsay Annapolis Valley Funeral Home, Coldbrook. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.serenitylindsayfuneralhome.ca
1891 — 22 February 1971
Springhill lost one of it's finest senior citizens Monday, Feb. 22, 1971 in the passing of Frank Sumara. He was 79 and had been in failing health for the past year.
Mr. Sumara was born in Poland on June 4, 1891, The son of the late Annie and Vencel Sumara. He emigrated to Canada with his family in 1903 and settled in Sydney, Cape Breton, where he received his education and became a miner. On Nov. 8, 1913 in Sydney Mines he took as his bride, the former Ottilie Lazarus, formerly of Poland. They moved to Springhill in 1923 where Mr. Sumara worked in the local mines until his retirement in 1965.
Their union was blessed with six sons: Albert (Espanola, Ont.); John, (Hamilton, Ont.); Charles, (Oxford); Edward, (Dartmouth); Ronald, (Halifax); and Albion, who lost his life while serving his country Overseas. His wife passed away Oct 20, 1940. Besides his five sons, he leaves to mourn his passing one sister, Mrs. Annie Rushton, Oxford, and his beloved grandchildren.
Mr. Sumara was an adherent to the United Baptist Church. He was an ardent member of L.O.L. No. 1611 and was honored by the Order by being made a Life Member. He had an excellent reputation as a workman. At home he found much enjoyment and recreation in his workshop where he fashioned items of furniture, piture frames, garden ornaments, bird houses, etc. He was a prolific reader and enjoyed television, especially in his later years. He was a hospitable person who enjoyed having lots of company, particularly when they brought along musical instruments and the evening was spent in playing and singing. Except for his work and his Lodge, his interests were centered in his home and his grandchildren were his pride and joy. He was a wonderful neighbor, always doing thoughtful little deeds for all, and cheering everyone with his sunny disposition. He leaves a wide circle of friends who join his devoted family in mourning his passing.
The remains rested at Brown's Funeral House, where many called to pay their last respects. On Wednesday evening L.O.L. 1611 held its memorial service for their late brother. The funeral service was held Thursday, February 25th at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Harr E. Ward officiating. The church choir sang the old familiar hymns "Unto The Hills" and "The Lord's My Shepherd." The pallbearers were from Mount Carmel 294 and L.O.L. 1611. Herbert Spence, Burt Vance, Percy Boxx, Dick Mitchel, Claude Chatfield and Lorne Hunter. Committal was in the Springhill Memorial Receiving Vault with interment to be made in Hillside Cemetary in the spring.
The beautiful floral tributes, memorial donations and cards of sympathy testified to the affection and respect in which Frank Sumara was held by all who knew him. The floral tributes were as follows:
Pillow -- Family.
Sprays -- sister Annie; Betty, Fred and Girls; Cedar Temple No. 21, Pythian Sisters; Stewart Fraser; Ann and George Stiven; Roger and Blanche; Hazel and Lawrence; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Rushton and Family.
Crescent -- Mary, Paul, Connie and Children
Baskets -- Doll, Jerry, Cathy and Lynn; Freda and Doug Corkum; Marge, Fred, Vonda and Shawna; Dept. 150 and 151, Simpson Sears; Quality Control, Halifax Dept.
Stars -- Joan and Paul; Betty and Gerald, Helen and Curtis, Ralston and Gay.
Cross -- Vi.
Basket -- Eleanor and Albert, Marianne and Gerald.
Crescents -- Mr. and Mrs. Clyde McDonald; Frank and Muriel McCabe. Containers -- Doris, John and Jeff; David, Wanda and Cathy; John,
Georgie and Bob; Noreen, Barb and Jo-Anne; Lena, Ernie Munroe and Family.
Urns of Roses -- Mrs. George Strong; Grace, Purdy and Bea; Hal and Katrina, Elizabeth and James.
Wreaths -- Steam Plant Employees, Espanola, Ont.; Oxford Foundry and Machine Co.
Home attending the funeral were his son Albert and wife Eleanor of Espanola, Ont.; his son Edward and wife Florence, Dartmouth; son Ronald, Halifax; Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Finley and daughter Joanne, Oromocto, N.B. His son John, Hamilton, Ont., was unable to attend due to illness.
1920 — 2010
In hospital in Smiths Falls, with his family by his side, on Monday June 21st, 2010 John J. Sumara (veteran of WWII, Royal Canadian Engineers) at the age of 90 years.
John was predeceased in June, 2009 by his beloved wife Doris McKinnon, brothers Albert, Eddie and Albin who was killed in action in WWII, November, 1944.
He will be sadly missed by his son Jeff and his wife Kim, his granddaughters Sarah and Dylann, brothers Charles (Eva) and Ronnie Sumara, sisters-in-law Eleanor and Jeanette Sumara, the McKinnon family and many good friends.
Friends may pay their respects at the Blair & Son Funeral Home, 15 Gore St W., Perth Friday June 25th, 2010 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Funeral service will be held in the chapel Saturday at 1:30 P.M.
In remembrance, contributions to the Ottawa Heart Institute or the Lanark County Alzheimer Society would be appreciated. Branch 95 Royal Canadian Legion, Smiths Falls will hold a Veteran's Service of Remembrance on Friday at 8 P.M.
Gravesite:801 Concession Road, 10 DalhousieLanark Highlands, OntarioK0G 1M0, Canada
View photos and more information at the Blair & Sons Funeral Home website.
John served as a Sapper in World War II
Pte. J.J. Sumara, Canadian Army Regiment # E4944
Sumara, Agnes (ex Davis; nee Bakayt)
4 May 1918 — 1 November 1944
Service Number: F/50271
Unit: North Nova Scotia Highlanders, R.C.I.C.
Cemetery: ADEGEM CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY , Belgium
Grave Reference: VII. D. 1.
Adegem Canadian War Cemetery is located midway between Brugge (17 km) and Gent (26 km) on the N9 which connects the two towns. From Brugge, Adegem is approached via Sijsele and Maldegem. On reaching Adegem, the cemetery is located on the Prins Boudewijn Laan, on the right hand side of the N9. In the last week of September 1944, the Allies held the city of Antwerp, but the Germans held both shores of the Scheldt estuary, so that the port of Antwerp could not be used.
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"...As the company was still 500 yards from its final objective Lt-Col. Forbes had gone forward to see what was happening, taking his D.R. with him, Pte. A.F. Sumara. He met C.S.M. Baillie and asked him where Captain Winhold was located. Baillie had just been with Winhold and acted as a guide in going back to the house, but found that Winhold had gone to one of the platoon positions, probably MacAllister's. They started for it and men on the other side of the street yelled at them. Baillie, in the lead, could not make out what they were saying, and was halfway across the street when heavy machine gun fire opened, sweeping the thoroughfare from no more than 50 yards away. Pte. Sumara was killed but Lt-Col. Forbes miraculously escaped the bullets by diving to the curb. The shouting men had been trying to warn the trio of the enemy fire.
– "No Retreating Footsteps. The Story of the North Novas",
by Will R. Bird. P. 270.
World War II
Private Albin Frank Sumara
KIA, Knocke-sur-Mer, BelgiumBattle of the Scheldt
1863 — 1949
Following a lingering illness there passed away at his home, Miller Corner, Tuesday, September 20th, Vencel Sumara in his 86th year.
The late Mr. Sumara was born in Poland, July 22nd, 1863, and came to Canada in 1903, where he and his family settled in East Hansford, N.s.; for a number of years, later coming to Springhill where he has resided for the last fifteen years. His first wife predeceased him a number of years ago. Later he married Agnes Davis who is left to mourn his loss; also his son, Frank, residing in Springhill; two daughters, Mrs. Mary King, Springhill; Mrs. Douglas Rushton, Oxford, and a number of grandchildren.
The funeral was held Friday, September 23rd, from St. John's Roman Catholic Church.
Internment was made in the Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers were Messrs. Albert Weaver, Steve Serticle, Joe Cecil, Harold Thompson, Joe Yauss and Stanley Dachuk.
Following are the floral tributes:
Wreath — Wife.
Pillow – Frank adn boys
Sprays — Mary, Annie and Family; Albert and Eleanor; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Cecil; Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Metz and Calvin Gilbert; Mr. and Mrs. John Dembenzkin; Mr. and Mrs. Steve Hassick; Friends and Neighbors of Athol Road, Friends and Neighbors of Miller's Corner; Harold, Sadie, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Quinn; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Pettigrew; Viva, Noreen and Herb.
Wreaths — Company Hands and Miners of 11400 Wall.
Baskets — Mr. and Mrs. Fred Deschetza and Laddie; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Domnick; Mrs. Pashkoski and Family; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Wilson; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Maddick; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hunter.
Mass Cards — Members of C.W.L. Springhill; Mrs. A. Farkas; Mr. and Mrs. Mike Misken; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Istoke; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Weaver and Family; Mr. and Mrs. Steve Serticle; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Cecil; Archie Bobby; Mr. and Mrs. W. Wilson; Mrs. Sam Miller and Family.
Many sympathy cards were also received.
Sumara, Mary Isabel (nee Gilroy)
Viva Beatrice Gilroy, age 103 years of High Crest Nursing Home, Springhill, passed away on Monday, February 24, 2004 in High Crest.
Born in Springhill, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Cunningham) Crawford.
She was a member of the St. Andrew's Wesley United Church, Springhill, The Lady Minto Rebekah Lodge # 23 and formerly the Springhill Senior Citizen Organization.
Vi lived long, laughed often and loved much.
She is survived by her daughter Noreen (Herbert) Finley, Oromocto, N.B.; granddaughter, Jo-Anne Finley, Nanaimo, B.C.; step-brother, Purdy (Beatrice) Crawford, Toronto, Ontario; her chosen son, Ron Sumara, Springhill and special friend Shelley (Robert) Grant, Springhill Junction.
She was predeceased by her husband George William Gilroy; a daughter, Mary (George); two brothers, William and Fred.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of A.H. Brown Funeral Home, Springhill. Interment in Hillside Cemetery, Springhill, at a later date.
Donations to the St. Andrews-Wesley United Church, Springhill or High Crest Nursing Home, Springhill, would be appreciated.
"Death is not extinguishing the light it is only putting out the lamp as dawn has come."
Gilroy, Viva Beatrice ("Vie")
King, Blanche (nee )
King, Marie Bozena (nee Sumara)
King, Oliver M.
Myatt, Helen (nee Rushton)
Myatt, Helen G. — 86, Oxford, died with her family by her side on Tuesday, November 20, 2007, in High Crest Nursing Home, Springhill.
Born in Oxford, she was the daughter of the late Douglas and Annie (Sumara) Rushton.
For many years, Helen worked at Oxford Co-op and was a member of the Colfax Rebekah Lodge, Oxford.
She enjoyed camping and spending time at the family cottage with her husband Curtis.
Helen also loved being a proud grandmother and great-grandmother to her family. Helen is survived by sons, Darrell (Vivian), Oxford; and Doug (Mel), Oshawa, Ont.; brother, Paul (Joan), Oxford; sister, Betty Bird , West Leicester; grandchildren, Trudy, Sherry and Shawn; great-grandchildren, Morgan, Cameron, and Carter.
She was predeceased by her husband, Curtis; brother, Ralston; sister, Georgina; brother-in-law, Gerald Bird.
Visitation will be from 7-9 p.m. today with funeral service at 2 p.m. Friday, November 23, both in MacDiarmid's Funeral Home, 5075 Main St., Oxford (447-2930), with Pastor Connie Stewart officiating.
Donations may be made in Helen's name to the Canadian Diabetes Association or Pine Grove Cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
1921 — 2007
OXFORD— Mrs. Anna Valeria Rushton, 78, of Oxford died Monday in All Saints Hospital, Springhill.
Born in Czechoslovakia, she was a daughter of the late Vencel and Anna (Pastor) Sumara.
She was a member of the Pythian Sisters Lodge, Oxford, and of the Oxford United Baptist Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Helen (Mrs. Curtis Myatt), Oxford, and Betty (Mrs. Gerald Bird), Leicester, Cumberland County; two sons, Ralston and Paul, both of Oxford; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, Douglas; a daughter, Georgina; two sisters, Helen and Mary; three brothers, Frank, Albin and Vincent.
The body is in MacDiarmid's Funeral Home, Oxford, where funeral service will be 2 p.m. today, Rev. Keith Lyons officiating, with burial in the Birch Grove Cemetery, Leicester.
1902 — 1981
Rushton, Annie Valeria (nee Sumara)
Nov 1, 1923
Funeral of the Late Vencil SUMARA
The funeral of Vencil SUMARA, who met his death as a result of a thresher accident, was held on Oct 12th. Rev. Dr. BENNETT officiated being assisted by Rev. F.J. ARMITAGE. There was a large attendance of relatives and friends.
The surviving relatives are his father and mother, one brother, Frank at Hansford, two sisters, Mrs. Douglas RUSHTON and Helen at home.
The pallbearers were Douglas MAYNE, Edward THOMPSON, Edmund UDSON,
The burial took place at Thomson cemetery.
Following is a list of the floral tributes
Wreath - Family
Wreath - Mr. & Mrs. Oliver KING
Bouquet - Mr. & Mrs. Frank SUMARA
Wreath - Mr. & Mrs. Millege THOMPSON
Wreath - Mr. & Mrs. Henry EMBREE
Bouquet - Warren MATTINSON
Bouquet - Orland and Grey MAYNE
Bouquet - Mr. & Mrs. Bedford MATTINSON
Bouquet - Mrs. TUTTLE, daughter and son
Bouquet - Mr. & Mrs. Jos. WAVROCH
Wreath & Bouquet - Alex McARTHUR
Bouquet - Mrs. Ernest BEEL
Bouquet - Mrs. B.SINDELAR
Bouquet - Pearl Hudson
Wreath - Misses Beatrice and Annie STERLING
Wreath - Samuel MYATT
[Source: Oxford Journal (submitted by Dyan Matheson)]
15 July 1915 — 17 July 1995
Birthplace: Florence, Cape Breton
Father: Frank Sumara
Mother: Otillie Lazars
* Charlie (b. 9 April 1917, Joggins, Cape Breton)
* Albin (b. 4 May 1918, Joggins, Cape Breton)
* John (b. 3 April 1920, Hansford, Nova Scotia)
* Edward (b. 8 April 1927, Springhill, Nova Scotia)
* Roland (Ronnie) (b. 9 October 1933, Springhill, Nova Scotia)
Mary Isabel Gilroy on 14 February 1942
(Mary died 27 August 1943)
Eleanor Strong on 10 July 1946
Children (with Eleanor):
* Mary Ann (26 June 1947)
* Gerald (7 August 1950)
Albert served in World War II
(Pte. A.D. Sumara, Service # F66500)