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Ruth E. Sampson, 78, formerly of Rockford, passed away on Friday, February 24, 2017, at Lexington Square in Lombard, IL. She was born October 9, 1938, in New Glarus, WI; the daughter of Bennie M. and Marie (Kubly) Wahl. After graduating from Blanchardville High School, Ruth worked for the Rockford Register Star, served as a flight attendant in the United States Air Force from 1956 to 1959, and worked as a switchboard operator at Illinois Bell. She married George R. Sampson on April 7, 1962, in Blanchardville; he predeceased her May 22, 2009. Ruth enjoyed cooking, baking, growing flowers, annual family fishing trips to Balsam Lake, WI, canning vegetables harvested from George's garden, connecting at family reunions, and the occasional game of Tripoley. Several years after George's passing, Ruth moved to Elmhurst to spend more time with her grandchildren and eventually moved to the supportive community of Lexington Square in Lombard, IL where she was known for helping new residents adapt to their environment. Ruth was predeceased by her parents Bennie and Marie, her spouse George, brothers Quinton, Vernon, Doral, Robert, Donald, Jerry, Gene and Benjamin Jr. Wahl; and sisters June and Shirley. She is survived by children Krystal Sampson of Kent, WA, William (Virginia Wilson) Sampson of Elmhurst, IL, Martin (Debra) Sampson of Warrenville, IL; siblings Helen Silvis of Portland, OR, Franklin (Barb) Wahl of Mazomanie, WI, and Richard (Pam) Wahl of Edgerton, WI; grandchildren Alex Leung, Nicole Leung, Kira Sampson, and James Sampson; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service at 2:30 p.m. Monday, February 27, 2017 in Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 Second Ave Rockford, IL 61104 with Rev. Dean Parker officiating. Visitation from 1:00 to 2:15 p.m. prior to the service in the funeral home. Private family burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. Memorials to Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago, 17 N. State St., Suite 1300, Chicago, IL 60602, or American Cancer Society, 4312 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61108.

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  1. Mary & Gianna

    My heart breaks for you in this difficult time. Our sincerest condolences . Many prayers go out for your family. Xoxo

  2. Lisa Toay

    I so enjoyed making my Aunt Ruth laugh and we always gave each other a hard time in a loving way! It was nice spending time at the Wahl family reunions. I am so glad we were able to spend time together a couple years ago for Thanksgiving and will always cherish those memories. Someday we will play another duet on the piano together,,, I love you Aunt Ruth. Say "Hello" to Uncle George as I bet he has the best garden in heaven. I feel so bad we are not able to make the funeral... please know Krystal, Will and Marty, my heart will be with you all on Monday and I will be praying for you all! My love and condolences.... Lisa

  3. Susan Taylor (Stankey)

    So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was always so kind and generous when we were kids growing up on Bordeaux. I hope her and my mother are together in heaven having coffee. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your familys' at this difficult time.

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