Rhea S. Sampson, age 91 of Austin, Minnesota died peacefully Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home. Rhea Sophia Zeller was born April 28, 1925 in Hazen, ND to Adolph and Katharina Zeller. She attended country school in North Dakota before moving to Portland, OR with her sister Delores. The two lived with another sister, Linda and her husband Barney. Rhea met her future husband while working with the USO in Portland. She and Earl K. Sampson were married August 10, 1945 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin, MN. The couple settled in Austin and Rhea worked at Hormel and later as a home health aide. She belonged to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, and was active in a variety of volunteer programs in the community.
Rhea is survived by her children Kavin (Karla) Sampson of Kankakee, IL, Mark (Julie) Sampson of Rochester, MN, Theresa Holbrook of Fort Collins, CO; 4 grandchildren Jasmine, Abygail, Zebulon, and Gideon, 3 step-grandchildren, Laura, Amber, and Harmony; one great-grandson, Elijah Bucinski, and her sister Violet Solberg of Portland, OR. She was preceded in death by her parents, her step-mother, her husband Earl (October 8, 2014), four sisters Lavern, Alvina, Linda, and Delores, five brothers Elmer, Reuben, Art, Walter, Roy, and three step-brothers Louis, Billy and Ewald.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, February 27, 2017 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Austin with Intern Pastor Erin Coutts officiating. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church immediately preceding the service. Memorials can be directed to St. Mark’s Lutheran Home or recipient of donor’s choice. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.