Jocelyn “Joyce”
(nee Gagne) Samoleski

Jocelyn Samoleski
August 19, 1944 - June 2, 2019
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Funeral Service:
Friday, June 7th, 2019 - 10:30am
Christian Fellowship Chruch,
Lanigan, SK

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Interment:
Friday, June 7th, 2019
Sharon Mennonite Cemetery,
Guernsey District, SK


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Obituary

Joyce, the second of four children, was born on August 19, 1944 in Quebec City to Raymond and Therese Gagne. Joyce joined the convent in Regina, SK, and was a nun for five years. She then moved to Allan, SK, in 1967/68, where her brother worked security. Joyce found work in the camp kitchen, where she met Jim Webb. They were married in 1968 and lived in Allan, and then in Lanigan. In 1971, Joyce and Jim settled in Guernsey, SK. Jim worked at the Alwinsal Potash Mine. Together, they had two sons: Allan in 1968, and Johnny in 1972. Joyce, Jim and their sons began attending Sharon Mennonite Church in the area. Joyce and Jim were both baptized in 1976. A Bible study group was held in the family’s home weekly. Both Joyce and Jim were hungry to learn more and more of Jesus’s Love. After Jim became ill and was left blind, he was unable to work. During that time, they drew closer to God and put their faith and trust in the Lord. In 1984, Jim went to be with the Lord. Joyce’s faith stayed strong; Bible studies with her sisters kept her secure in the Lord. In 1987, Joyce married Stan Samoleski. He had three sons Les, Merv, and Ted. Joyce cleaned offices at the Lanigan Potash mine for many years, as well as the Guernsey Credit Union and in peoples’ homes. Joyce worked hard cleaning, cooking, and making sure her fam- ily had all their needs met. Joyce had a passion for cooking, and always made sure everyone had enough to eat. Joyce and Stan loved gardening, and Joyce preserved the fruits of their labor by canning pickles, beets, tomatoes, rhubarb, and Saskatoon berries. She always had so much to share with everyone. Stan passed away in 2008. Joyce continued to live in Guernsey until 2012, when she moved to Lanigan Senior Homes. In 2013, another move was made to the Nokomis Care Home, and then, in 2014, to the Cudworth Care Home. In 2016, she made a final move to the Warman Mennonite Care Home. There, Joyce lived closer to her son Allan and his daughter Gabrielle, who resided in Martensville. They were able to visit regularly for the past three years. Each place Joyce lived she made new friends and kept her strong faith in God.

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