Samels Family Obituaries

I’ve been able to find a number of Samels Family obituaries over the years and want to share them… here they are:


Former Merchant of Farmington and Lakeville Drops Dead on Street

Peter Samels of Minneapolis, age 62, a former resident of  Farmington and Lakeville, dropped dead as he was walking in front of 235th street south Minneapolis Wednesday morning  It was announced today.  Death was due to heart disease.

Funeral services will be held in Minneapolis Friday morning at 9 o’clock. The place of the funeral was not announced today.  The Samels family reside at 5301 Xerxes Ave. South.

He is survived by his widow and two daughters, Hazel and Mrs. Ed Buckley of Dakota.

Deceased was formerly in business in Farmington, moving from here to Lakeville where he was proprietor of a hardware store.  He was also interested in the creamery business.  The daily papers stated that Mr. Samels was a butcher in Minneapolis, but according to friends here, he was proprietor of a fruit store on Hennepin Avenue.

SOURCE: Dakota County Tribune, Friday July 8, 1927



Community Shocked By News of Banker’s Death In Minneapolis.

William A. Samels, 34 years old, former president of the Live Stock State bank of this city until it was merged with the Drovers State bank a few months ago, died suddenly of heart disease at 10 p.m. yesterday in Minneapolis while on his way home from a business trip to Lakeville.

The news of his death spread rapidly this morning and his many friends here were shocked and could scarcely believe that the report was true.

Mr. Samels had been working hard for some time on a number of financial deals and was interested in the Agricultural Finance Corporation in St. Paul, engaged in financing farm loans. He had been closing details of a deal to dispose of his interest in the Harriet State bank in Minneapolis to a number of Minneapolis men.  It was to see one of these men that Mr. Samels made the trip to Minneapolis last night after leaving Lakeville for home.

Stricken Suddenly

The man lived at the home of a Mrs. A.D. Davis in Minneapolis.  Arriving there shortly after 10 p.m. Mr. Samels found he was out and decided to wait for him.  Almost immediately according to reports from Minneapolis and members of the family, Mr. Samels felt a pain in his chest and turned very ill.  He asked to be permitted to lie down and in a few minutes Mrs. Davis insisted he go to bed and she called a doctor.

Before lying down Mr. Samels called his brother, George E. Samels.

Before the doctor arrived, Mr. Samels died.  Mrs. Samels was notified of the tragedy at her home here by telephone.  The body was removed to the Hennepin County morgue.

The body will be brought to this city tomorrow and the funeral will be on Friday.  Details have not been completed.

Mr.Samels lived at 203 Third avenue south in this city.  He is survived by his widow, four brothers and his mother.  The brothers are George E. Samels, Frank Samels, John P. Samels and Fred A. Samels, all of Minneapolis.  Mrs. Mary B. Samels, his mother, lives in Minneapolis with Fred Samels.

Friends of Mr. Samels today said they never knew him to have any heart weakness and were greatly shocked at the news of his death.  He was known to have been under considerable nervous strain in past months due to business responsibilities but always was cheerful, energetic and apparently in splendid health.

South Saint Paul Daily Reporter, June 6, 1923

Note:  W.A. Samels in the above obituary was the son of Frank A. Samels



Frank A. Samels, banker, at one time a resident of Lakeville, died at his home in Minneapolis Saturday of heart trouble.  When the writer walked into Lakeville fifteen years ago friendless and busted it was Frank Samuels (sic) who volunteered to loan him $300 to establish a paper at that place.  It seemed as if he was the one and only man who was willing to risk so much money with us and for this generous act we may still be wondering down the road looking for a “turn off in the road” or a place to jump off at.

He was the president of the First National Bank at Lakeville; also president of two State banks in Minneapolis and one in South St. Paul and leaves a large estate.

SOURCE: Dakota County Tribune, Friday, May 30, 1919


Ray A. Samels, Co-Owner of Fargo Laundry, Dies

Ray A, Samels, 69, of 901 5th Ave. S. Fargo, co-owner of Fargo Laundry, died Friday night at Rochester, Minn., where he had gone about two weeks ago for a medical check-up.

Requim High Mass will be at 9 Tuesday in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Rt. Rev. Msgr. Frank J. Nestor officiating.  Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

A prayer service will be at 8 Monday in Boulger and Hughes Chapel.

Mr. Samels had been a Fargo resident since 1945 when he came here to manage the laundry.  He was a past-president of the North Dakota Laundry Association, a former director of Fargo Rotary, a member of the Chamber of Commerce, American Legion, Elks, Knights of Columbus and Fargo Country Club.

He was born at Farmington, Minn., Feb 19, 1897, and had attended University of Minnesota.  He was in service during World War 1, and had been a butter manufacturer in Minnapolis and in Life Insurance sales there before coming here.

He married Ruth Boley in Minneapolis on Sept. 20, 1923.

He is survivied by his wife, four daughters. Mrs. Louis (Jane) Lick, Minneapolis, Mrs. Cedric (Martha) Stammerjohn, Lemon Grove, Calif., Mrs. David (Mary) Pease, San Jose Calif., and Mrs. Kenneth (Susan) Erdman, Willow City, N.D. Two sisters, Mrs., Robert Albrecht, St. Paul, and Mrs. G.C. Chase, Wayzata, Minn.

SOURCE: The Sunday Forum, Sunday January 1, 1967, page 27.


Dominick Samels, 71, died at 12:30 o’clock yesterday afternoon at St. Charles Hospital following an operation.  He is survived by one nephew, Joseph of Detroit, Michigan, and four nieces, Kathryn, Ida, Louise and Marie all of Detroit.

The funeral will be held at 8:15 o’clock tomorrow morning from the Daleiden Chapel and at 8:45 o’clock from St. Joseph’s Church.  Burial will be at Mt. Olivet cemetery.

SOURCE: Aurora Beacon News, May 1, 1931, courtesy of Tom Cook


On the 23rd of January 1886 in Hopkinton, Delaware Co., Iowa, died Franz Samels whose funeral will be held at the Catholic church in Worthington, Dubuque Co., Iowa… He was born in Hinsdorf (Hunsdorf), Merscherthal, (Luxembourg) in 1834, married in 1857.  In 1860 he came to America and settled in Aurora, Ill. and in 1874 came to Hopkinton, Iowa where the death occurred.  He leaves a grieving wife and ten children in good circumstances.

note: per Tom Cook the date of birth for Franz Samels is incorrect in the above obituary.  Correct date of birth is April 1, 1828.

SOURCE: Luxemburger Gazette, February 23, 1886, courtesy of Tom Cook.


Nicholas D. Samels

February 15, 1954, Minneapolis Morning Tribune, pg 28, col. 8

Services for Nicholas D. Samels, 84, 2200 Girard Ave. S., who died Sunday will be held Tuesday at 8:30 pm at White Mortuary, and at 9 am at the Basilica of St. Mary with burial at St. Mary Cemetery.

Mr. Samels was an honorary member of the Knights of Columbus.  He operated Samels Brothers Company, a produce firm.   Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Robert Albrecht, St. Paul, and Mrs. Gebhart Chase, Hopkins; a son Raymond, Fargo, ND. and a sister Mrs. Chris Ochen (sic) Havre, MT.  Severn grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren.

SOURCE: Minneapolis Morning Tribune, February, 15, 1954, pg 28, col 8, provided by Tom Cook, posted with permission


HAZEL J. BRINK (daughter of Peter P. Samels

Hazel J. Brink, aged 61, 919 W. 36th St., survived by sons Charles E., and William H., Minneapolis, Robert J. and Paul J.,San Diego, daughter Mary Jo, 13 grandchildren.  Funeral Wednesday at 8:30 am from White Funeral Home, 2730 Henn, 9 o’clock Church of the Incarnation.  Interment National

SOURCE: Minneapolis Morning Tribune, Monday, October 12, 1959, page 25.  Shared by Tom Cook, posted with permission.


Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls Washington, Jamuary 7, 2011 All Rights Reserved

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