Funeral Services for Miriam Gossen Sallaska, 92, Corn resident will be held 10:00a.m, Monday, April 21, 2014 in the Corn Mennonite Brethren Church, officiated by Rev. Tim Sandy and Rev. Ken Gardner, burial will follow in the Corn Cemetery under the direction of the Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home.
Mariam (Gossen) Sallaska was born February 27, 1922 to Jacob C, and Annie (Vogt) Gossen in Corn, Oklahoma and passed away late Friday, April 18, 2014 in the Integris Southwest Hospital in Oklahoma City, OK.
She was raised in Corn and attended the Pleasant View Grade School, she had to walk 1 and 1/2 miles to school every day. She also attended Corn Bible Academy for three years and then her senior year she attended Corn High School where she graduated. She continued her education at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas. She was blessed with a singing talent and was chosen to sing with the College Choir while in Tabor.
Music was a God given talent to Miriam and it showed when she learned to play the old pedal organ at around 8 years of age. She and her sister, Edna (Gossen) Duerksen sang duets as 8 and 10 year old. When their Grandpa and grandma Vogt would stop in on their way home from town, Grandpa sat with a little sack with two pairs of beads which he would give them if they would sing him a song. When she was 13 years old she received an accordion at Christmas which she played the rest of her life. Many times she played at C.E. programs, at church functions, Sunday afternoons, for the Ladies Glee Club, hospitals, the Tuberculosis Sanatorium, in the school band, and many other occasions.
She was converted while at a large Ten Revival in 1935 with the Rev. H.D. Wiebe as Evangelist. Then she was baptized in 1936 and joined the Corn Mennonite Brethren Church.
In 1941 she was united in marriage with James Francis Sallaska. They lived near Fairview, OK until Francis was drafted into the military and they spent 3 and 1/2 years in Colorado. After his discharge they lived at Fairview, OK and then to Balko, OK for 10 years. They finally settled on the farm in Corn, Oklahoma where they raised their four children, dairying and farming.
Mariam was an active member of the Church, she taught Sunday school for many years, sang in the church choir, and also sang in a ladies trio that broadcasted over the radio every 1st Sunday of the month for over 4 years, the trio also sang at many funerals.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Francis in 2003, a son Keith Delton Sallaska in 2004, infant brothers, Willard and Jacob, and brothers Sam and Joel, sisters, Edna Gossen Duerksen, and Annie Lee Gossen Graf.
She is survived by a daughter, Darlene Sallaska, of Corinth, TX, two sons, Aldee Sallaska and wife, Linda, of OKC, OK and Orel Sallaska and wife, Jean, of Corn, OK, daughter in law, Magie Sallaska, of McAlester, OK; one brother, Jacob Gossen
She is also survived by six grandchildren, JoRel Nye, Jordan Sallaska, Cody Graf and wife, Debbie, of Texas, Sonya Sullivan and husband Jeffrey, of Texas, Kerra Whaley, Moore, OK, Aldee James Sallaska, Jr., Moore, OK, 10 great-grandchildren, many other cousins and friends.