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Annie (Anna) Salay

July 03, 1930 - March 22, 2020



Annie (Anna) Salay passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 22, 2020 with her loving husband of 68 years, Robert (Bob) Salay, by her side.

She is also survived by a daughter, Lisa Salay (Chris), a son, John Salay, a sister, Mary Jane Goad of Fort Worth, TX and a brother, Louis Spear, of LaPorte, IN along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Suzanne Spear (nee Strban) and Harry G. Spear, a sister, Susanna J. Brown (nee Spear), and five brothers, Capt. William A. Spear, James F. Spear, George H. Spear, Clarence P. Spear, and John D. Spear.

Annie was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 3, 1930 and graduated from Morgan Township High School at the age of 16. She and Bob were married on September 18, 1951 in Las Cruces, New Mexico and later moved to El Paso, Texas, where he was stationed while serving in the United States Air Force. They lived in northern Indiana for years, before settling down in Schoolcraft, Michigan where she worked in accounting and their children finished school.

Annie enjoyed summers with family at their cabin in Crivitz, Wisconsin until they built and retired in their dream lake house in Cadillac, Michigan where she was able to enjoy her love of water, birds, trees, flowers, gardening, fishing, mushrooming, reading and bingo. She enjoyed travel during spring breaks with her family and later traveled internationally with her husband Bob throughout Europe and Japan, as well as to Greece with her daughter and siblings to meet her relatives there.

She lived a life of extraordinary kindness, service and generosity to all those in need. She will be missed by many for her quiet confidence, sense of humor and sweet smile.

The family would like to encourage donations in Annie's name to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, in lieu of flowers. She will be buried in Kalamazoo, MI at private service for immediate family.

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  • Steve Pheils - Mar 26th, 2020 5:41 am

    "Condolences to Lisa and John and families. I remember our Moms working together at the Schoolcraft band bingo games. So sad to lose another great parent of that generation.Take Care."

  • Mark Pavlak - Apr 4th, 2020 12:47 pm

    "Mr. Salay, Lisa & John, May I extend, on behalf of the entire Pavlak family, my heartfelt condolences on the passing of your beloved wife & mother, Annie. Please know that our prayers of comfort and healing go out to your family. May God bless and keep you all in His ever loving embrace."

  • Melissa (Pavlak) Tremblay - Apr 16th, 2020 9:56 pm

    "My brother said it well, but I wish to extend my personal heartfelt sympathy to Mr. Salay, Lisa, John and your extended families. I have fond memories of Annie always greeting us with a smile, whether we (loud teenagers) were invading their basement following football/basketball games, or unexpectedly dropping in after school. May you find peace in your memories and smile knowing she is remembered as a loving soul and a sweet “Mom”! ❤️"

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