Samas, Elaine (nee Saindon)
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Elaine "Sandy" Saindon, 93 accomplished her "heavenly" goal to be with Jesus on Sept. 23, 2013, in Fairlawn, Ohio.
She was born to Matthew and Mabel Saindon on April 18, 1920 in Tomahawk, Wis.
Elaine's family originally lived in New London, Wis., until 1940, then moving to Green Bay, Wis., at that time.
Elaine attended Washington High School in New London, Wis., in the 1930's.
After High School Elaine trained to become a Grade School teacher, eventually becoming a teacher in 1944 at Fontenoy Grade School in Denmark, Wis.
Fontenoy Grade School at that time was a country school building which housed students for all 8 grades in a single room. Elaine's teaching skills quickly became evident, as she masterfully taught them all, with their own individual lesson plans. Elaine maintained wonderful relationships with some of her former students, for over 69 years, including
Wayne Peterson, now living in Green Bay, Wis.
Elaine joined the U.S. Navy during World War II, eventually serving in Treasure Island, Calif., where she met the love of her life, Victor Samas, who was also serving in the U.S. Navy. They wed on her parents wedding anniversary date of May 23 in 1946. Their wonderful marriage lasted 58 years, until his passing on April 24, 2005.
After leaving the U.S. Navy with her husband. Victor, they returned to his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, to start their own large family.
Elaine became a very active member of the local church, St. Francis of Assisi. She participated in the church choir, parish Community Theater and was routinely a lector. Her teaching career continued there as well, as she taught at two additional grade schools.
Elaine was very religious, and considered "prayer" to be the recipe for happiness and salvation. She had a special prayer for every hurdle in life. Her original vocational plans was to become a Catholic nun before meeting her beloved Victor.
Elaine enthusiastically taught piano lessons to neighborhood children, managed and owned a successful cake decorating business for over two decades within the family home.
She was especially generous with her time, even into her 90's, as she enjoyed visiting "shut-ins" and the ill-health; making sure that the less fortunate or lonely felt appreciated, loved and remembered.
Elaine leaves behind a very grateful family of seven children who will miss her deeply.
She was a proud grandmother of seven and an adoring great-grandmother of seven.
Elaine's surviving immediate family members include sisters Arvilla Blohowiak and Audrey Fleming.
Elaine is preceded in death by her brothers, Owen Saindon, Noel Saindon, Loren 'Bud" Saindon and sister, Orcella Staidl.
Elaine leaves behind dozens of friends and pen pals from various states who will miss her cheerfulness, laughter and letters.
Family and friends may sign the online guest book at www.ZaborFH.com in memory of Elaine.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Oct. 25 to Oct. 27, 2013