Regina Sam, Age 96 at Brooks Memorial Hospital of natural causes on May,9, 2020. A resident at Northern Chautauqua County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dunkirk. She was born Nov. 8, 1923 at Irwin, Pa.
Jeannie or Aunt Jeannie as she was affectionately referred to, was truly kind, compassionate, and a generous person. She spent most of her life loving and caring, not only of her husband and children, but also other family members and friends as well. Her kindness was even extended to strangers. Many years ago, what was then referred to as a Hobo, came to our house. My mother gave him a warm meal, was very kind and compassionate toward him. Always, Mom would donate to various causes to help them out. For many years she hosted family gatherings for holidays, or have people over because she loved company and entertaining at our home. If a person or persons stopped over for a visit, mother would insist they eat and make them fresh coffee or whatever to satiate their thirst.
Her dedication extended to our Church. For many years our mom attended Mass on a weekly basis. Mother belonged to St. Margaret’s Guild, The Altar Guild as well as the Choir. She always helped at Church suppers and other events. There is no doubt she was an extremely devout Christian. However, though morally old fashioned, she did not judge people or reject them, because they thought differently. Mom accepted most people as they were.
Another organization she was devoted too, was “The Order of the Amaranth”. Our Mother loved getting together with the Ladies and took it very seriously. There were many meetings and pinochle games at our home.
These were but a glimpse of Regina or Aunt Jeannie. Truly she will be missed by most of those who knew her. Now she is with God and her long journey on this Earth is ended.
We would like to thank the staff at NCCNRC for their wonderful care of our Mother. They really were loving and kind toward her. Her personal as well as social needs were met. There were always events and things to do. Mom loved the weekly sing a longs, church, and bingo games she participated in. There is no doubt that she survived the last year and month of her life because of them. How wonderful that the staff care they gave made her feel like a Queen. To think that these final months people took good care of her and she not having to care for others. My relatives from out of state were really impressed with the County Home, its cleanliness, and bright atmosphere, not to mention their positive attitude!
It should be noted that Brooks Hospital also took extremely good care of Mother. Her last moments there were serene and she was very alert.
We would also like to commend John Kowal of the McGraw-Kowal Funeral home for his kindness and compassion toward us. He was very understanding and carefully explained our various options.
Regina was the daughter of the late Esau and Jamili (Dayoub) Albert. The wife of the Late Norman A. Sam. Mother of Valerie, Richard, Mark(deceased), Kathleen, and Norman (deceased). Preceded in death by Siblings Daniel (Grace) Michael, Martha (Nicholas) Sam, Sarah (Robert) Reed, Albert Albert, and George (Mary)Albert. Still surviving sibling Richard Albert, and Sister in Law Betty Albert. Also, she is survived by a multitude of nephews and nieces.
A “Mass of Christian Burial” and “A Celebration of her Life,” have yet to be announced. Contributions can be made too; St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, 16, West 4th Street, Dunkirk, NY., 14048. Arrangements are by the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home.