Etc. -- Mary Chanda's 1937 obituary
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A lightly edited transcription of a page 1 article in the 1 Feb 1937 Simcoe Reformer.

Find 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[3]  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 noticeable.

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. Smith.


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