61 years of happiness
A World War Two survivor who had to travel thousands of kilometres to meet the love of her life has died.
Halina Clegg was born Halina Adamczewska on December 6, 1923, in a small Polish village.
As a teenager she was taken by the invading German army and sent to work as slave labour in Austria, and her parents were driven from their home and forced to survive in the forest.
She never saw her family again, although she and a group of other prisoners were able to escape while pretending to walk to church.
Mrs Clegg was originally married at 16 but her husband was killed in the battle of Monte Cassino in Italy.
She then migrated to Australia with the help of a veterans’ association.
There she met Irishman Stanley Clegg at a boarding house. They began dating and were married three months later on September 25, 1948.
They moved to New Zealand and had four children, 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The Mt Roskill couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last year and credited their Christian faith for their happy marriage.
Mrs Clegg passed away on October 3 and a funeral was held for her at the Church of Christ NZ in Mt Roskill.