Milan Jozef SLAMKA
1929 - 2021
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Milan Slamka, on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the age of 91 at Henley House in St. Catharines. Beloved husband to Elena Slamka of 64 years. Loving father to Stefan (Linda) and Klara Kross (Robert). Cherished grandfather to Amanda Slamka, Hailey Slamka, Rachael Kross and Alex Kross. Milan was born in Pezinok, Slovakia in 1929 where he spent the first half of his life. He was a highly intelligent and philosophical man, who learned to speak 9 different languages. His passion was classical music, reading books in many languages and being outdoors in tune with nature. But what made him truly the man he was, was his never wavering faith in the Lord. Milan was on his way to the priesthood when expelled from the seminary by the invading Soviet forces at the end of WWII. It was after this that he met the love of his life, Elka, and started their family. Driven by his Faith and Love for his family, Milan and family escaped communist persecution in 1968, to provide limitless possibilities for his family in Canada with only two suitcases in hand. Five months later the family immigrated to St. Catharines to start a new life—free of persecution. Milan continued his education at Brock University and became a French teacher with the Niagara District Catholic School Board until his retirement in 1989. He was a member of the Canadian Slovak League - Branch 31, as well as a choir member at the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria. Milan was loved by everyone who knew him. He had a gentle, kind and spiritual soul and will forever be remembered and cherished in our hearts. In a newspaper article written about the struggles he overcame, he said "I didn't lose hope or faith." Because of the sacrifices he made, his legacy will forever live on through his children and grandchildren. Our beloved Milan, Sleep in Heavenly Peace. Arrangements are entrusted to the GEORGE DARTE FUNERAL HOME 585 Carlton Street, St. Catharines. Due to COVID restrictions, a private Family Funeral Mass and burial at Victoria Lawn Cemetery will take place on Saturday, January 9, 2021. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to Diabetes of Canada or St. Vincent de Paul Society

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Published in St. Catharines Standard on Jan. 9, 2021.
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January 15, 2021
Steve and Linda, Our deepest condolences to your family. He shall remain in your hearts and memories forever. Good Bless, RIP Milan
Bill and Sharon Bartelds
Bill Bartelds
January 13, 2021
I am a member of Milan's extented family back in Slovakia. Currently living in BC. It is amazing to hear his life's story and to read from his students remembering him. May he rest in peace.
Peter K.
January 11, 2021
Mr. Slamka was my French teacher in elementary school. A wonderful man, he started my love for French. I too still sing a song he taught us to my son. May he Rest In Peace.
Jennifer McGirr
January 9, 2021
M. Slamka was my French teacher in grade 4 and I still sing the songs he taught us (and tell some of the jokes he said). I was so impressed that he knew how to speak so many languages. May he rest in peace. - Angie Rhodes-Kerr
January 9, 2021
A lovely dedicated teacher who is remembered by all of his students. We learned of his journey while he taught us our colours en francais in gr.3. J. Whittard
J Whittard
January 9, 2021
A lovely dedicated teacher who is remembered by all of his students. We learned of his journey while he taught us our colours en francais in gr.3. J. Whittard
January 9, 2021
First, our family’s condolences to Steve, Linda, Amanda, Hailey and extended family. Milan was a very passionate French teacher at St Alfred School in the mid 70’s where I taught with him. He always displayed a very well mannered and smiling approach in all of his social social interactions. When I encountered him in later life, he always shone with pride telling me about his children and grandchildren.

An amazing life story in his obituary. It’s remarkable the things we don’t know, about the people we think we know!
Karen Kretz
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