Body of Local Woman
in her home
Believed to have been dead
for at least 24 hours, Mrs. Mary Chanda, widow of Albert Chanda, was
found lying fully-clothed on the kitchen floor at her home, 152
Queen street north on Saturday afternoon.
In the morning Father
O'Droski of St. Mary's church noticed that there was no sign of
activity at the house and on visiting the home could not get an
answer at the door. Later he notified Acting Chief of Police Andrew
Dobie who, after gaining entrance to the house, found Mrs. Chanda
lying inside the back door.
Coroner Dr. S. S. English
was called and after Chief Coroner Dr. E. W. Zumstein was notified
it was decided that an inquest was unnecessary.
The deceased who was in her
85th year, had been in poor health for some time and was last seen
alive on Thursday afternoon.
She was born in Czecho
Slovakia, February 1, 1852, coming out to Ontario with her parents,
the late Frank and Mary Chanda. After a short stay in Hamilton the
family came to settle in Charlotteville township, later making their
home in Simcoe, in fact their residence being the same home where
the deceased had resided for over 60 years. Her husband, Albert
Chanda, predeceased her in 190 and during the past 32 years
she lived more or less alone.
Mrs. Chanda was always very
active and a valued member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic church but
since her illness two years ago, her declining health has been quite
Surviving relatives are two
nieces and four nephews, Mrs. Anna Collins of Detroit, Miss Mary
Chanda, Edward and Windell Chanda of Charlotteville township, John
Chanda and William Chanda of Windham township, from whose home the
funeral was conducted this (Monday) morning to St. Mary's R.C.
church, where requiem mass was chanted at 9 o'clock.. Interment took
place in St. Mary's R.C. cemetery in Windham township.
The pallbearers were: David
Grant, Basil Brown, Joseph McSloy, John McSloy, Paul Smith, J. Leo.