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September 25, 2021

8/20/2021 11:28:00 AM
Jean Sampson

Jean Sampson, beloved mother, sister, aunt and friend. Jean (Dahlberg) Sampson passed away at her daughter’s home in Kauai, on March 8, 2021. She was 96 ½ years old.

Jean lived a full life. She was born August 21,1924, to August and Xenia (Robert) Dahlberg at Spring Brook Farm, near Trade Lake, WI. Several years later her family moved to Grantsburg while they built a home by Four Corners in Trade Lake. She attended Round Lake School and graduated from Fredric high school in 1943 during WW II. That summer, she moved to St Paul, MN, to work as a Rosie the Riveter at the Northwest Airlines’ Modification Center. Jean moved to Chicago and worked at Edward Heinz Lumber and Lester’s Limited Costume and Fashion Design House. On Friday nights, Jean and her girlfriends would go to the Aragon Ballroom and dance to the music of the visiting Big Bands.

After WWII, Jean lived with her sister Bunny, and brother-in-law Ernie Marotta in Malden, MA. She was godmother to their son, Victor. She worked at Dazian’s Fabrics and enjoyed making new friends.

In 1950, Jean moved back to Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin – Stout majoring in Home Economics. After a couple of years, she moved to Centuria, WI, to be by old friends, Carl and Leone Runberg. Jean met Harold Sampson at his home town bowling alley in Centuria. They were married on March 13, 1954. Harold and Jean bought his uncle’s farm in Shafer, MN, where they farmed for 24 years. Jean was well known for her baking of bread, rolls and her legendary ring of Swedish coffee cake. She enjoyed going to auctions and rummage sales, collecting antiques and items of local history. Jean made corn husk dolls, collected antique dolls, and was a member of the St Croix Valley Doll and Toy Club.

In 1979 Harold and Jean retired to Taylors Falls, MN, where Jean enjoyed being active in the greater Taylors Falls Community. She loved participating in the events of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, as well as being a member of the Ladies’ Aid. She and her sister, Beulah Lindberg, made many quilts for the Luther Point Bible Camp Quilt Auctions. Jean also enjoyed giving guided tours at the W.H.C. Folsom House. She was a member of the Taylors Falls Historical Society and the Taylors Falls Women’s Civic League. Jean always participated in the annual Lighting Festival Wassail Party Craft Fair, offering her handmade Sammy’s Teddy Bears and other sewn creations. In 1998 she had the honor of being chosen the Royal Lady of the Village for the Lighting Festival.
For the past 2 1/2 years, Jean enjoyed living on Kauai with her daughter and son-in-law. They enjoyed eating at restaurants, relaxing at the beach, and taking scenic drives around the picturesque island of Kauai. Jean was impressed by all of the beautiful flowering trees and majestic mountains. She also enjoyed reminiscing about her childhood and the fun times with her siblings and cousins. She remembered her father playing the harmonica with his friends down by Round Lake. She, too, picked up the harmonica and enjoyed playing it, even into the last years of her life. She would often play some tunes on her Hohner Chromatic harmonica while looking at the blue ocean, puffy clouds and the wild chickens on Kauai.

Jean passed away quickly from heart failure at her daughter’s home. The family would like to thank Kauai Hospice for their support and compassionate care on her final journey.

Jean is survived by her daughter Sat Rattan Khalsa AKA Jennifer (Dr Hari Simran Khalsa), Kauai; sisters, Anne Hatch, Seward, AK, (passed away 6/23/21), Beulah Lindberg, Siren, WI, and Grace Kalantari, Edina, MN; and many nieces and nephews and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Harold Sampson; their son, William; her parents August and Xenia (Robert) Dahlberg, Trade Lake, WI; and her sister Juanita (Bunny) Marotta, Taylors Falls, MN.

A private internment of Jean’s ashes will be at the Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery at Four Corners in Trade Lake, WI, in the summer of 2022.



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