MASSEY, Armella Sophie (nee Gorsalitz)
Armella (Mel) passed away at the age of 92 in Saskatoon on Sunday, September 30, 2018. She was predeceased by her husband Frank Peter Massey (1959) and their youngest daughter Frances Paulette Massey (2009), her parents John (Jack) Gorsalitz (1959) and Anna Gorsalitz (1976), her sisters Theresa and Norma, and brothers John, Harvey and Robert. She is survived by her four daughters Lynn Svajlenko, Theresa Massey, Joanne Massey and Sandra Massey, and six granddaughters Jennifer Smith, Laura Svajlenko, Lisa Schupp, Jillian Haverstock, Anna Haverstock and Claire Marsh. Armella was born on April 13, 1926 at Lake Lenore, SK, the eldest of thirteen children. Armella was thoroughly engaged in life; at an early age she learned to lend a helping hand when needed. She enjoyed skating, dancing and singing along to the popular tunes of the day. She especially enjoyed her years working in the cafeteria at the University of Saskatchewan where, as she put it, she met the cream of the crop. It was at the U of S that she met Frank Massey. They were married in Nottingham, England. While Frank was pursuing post graduate studies at Cambridge University, Armella worked at Pye Radio Limited where some of the earliest televisions were manufactured. They travelled to St. Augustine, Trinidad, in 1953 where he completed a course in tropical agriculture and she gave birth to their first daughter. She also joined her husband in Makeni, Sierra Leone, where he served a term as an Agricultural Officer with the British Colonial Services, 1954-1956. Her experiences overseas proved to have a significant influence on the remainder of her life. Upon returning to Canada, Armella settled into life as a wife and mother until her husband suffered a massive heart attack leaving her to raise their five daughters on her own. She moved the family to Humboldt in 1960 and then to Saskatoon in 1964. Her mother lived near by and Armella was able to spend much time with her throughout her last years. Armella’s last years of work were spent doing Home Care and at Stensrud Lodge Nursing Home, again in the kitchen and dining room where her efficiency was most appreciated. Armella exemplified the value of hard work and perseverance. Her courage in the face of adversity was and continues to be an inspiration. With her outgoing personality and genuine interest in the stories of others, Armella was a good listener and made friends wherever she went. She willingly shared her own experiences, passing on the lessons she learned for the benefit of others. A friend and confidante for many over the years, she will be missed by all who knew her. A special thanks to the all the staff at Sunnyside Adventist Care Centre. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church (222 Willow St.) in Saskatoon. Arrangements in care of Aimé Laventure – Mourning Glory Funeral Services (306) 978-5200.