BERNARD C. SAM
Bernard C. Sam, age 80, of Faribault, died on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at the Homestead Hospice House in Owatonna.
Funeral services will be held at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Faribault, on Friday, May 27, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be at Eklund Cemetery, rural Rice County at a later date.
Visitation will be at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault, on Thursday, May 26, 2011 from 4 to 7 p.m. and also at the church on Friday for one hour prior to the service.
Bernard C., the son of George Emery and Alma (Abbe) Sam, was born on February 25, 1931 in Merton Township, Steele County. He graduated from Faribault High School in 1949 and served in the U.S. Air Force for nearly 4 years from Jan 9, 1951 Ð Nov. 29, 1954. His main assignment was three years at Allied Air Forces Central Europe at Fontainebleau, France. After his military service, Bernard returned to work at George Hormel Co., Austin. He married Delores Ramona Sandstrom on August 17, 1957 in Battle Lake. Bernard farmed in the Walcott Township area for 30 years. His passions included tending to his garden, particularly the lilies, the daily crossword puzzle and weekly card games. He was very proud to have been selected to be included in the Garden Tour in 2002. Bernard and Delores were charter members of Our Savior's Lutheran Church and he was the sexton for Eklund Cemetery for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Delores; two children, Kathy "Sam" Peyton of Rochester and Jim Sam of Faribault; one granddaughter, Shelby Peyton of Rochester; one brother, Dale (and Ruth) Sam of Faribault; two sisters, Darlene Nicolai of Albert Lea and Verna Peach of Lake Havasu City, AZ; and nieces; nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial gifts may be directed to Faribault Area Hospice or donor's choice.
Name: Wayne & Liz (Bice) Thom
Date: Tuesday May 31, 2011
Dear Delores & family, Dale & Ruth, Verna & Darlene, Please accept our sympathy on Bernard's passing. I have fond memories of our parents getting together to play cards when we were young children. I learned how to tell directions when I was little because my dad always said "Sam's live east of us." Bernard got his good stewardship of the land and love of flowers from your parents. May God keep you in his care, Wayne & Liz Thom
Name: John Ruths
Date: Friday May 27, 2011
Mrs. Sam, I am very sorry for your recent loss. Like my brother, you were also my first teacher at Jefferson Elementary School. My sympathies, best wishes, and prayers to you and your family. -Major John Ruths
Name: Marcus 'Marc' and Delcie Anderson
Date: Thursday May 26, 2011
We want to extend our heartfelt deepest sympathy to Bernard's family; Delores, Kathy, Jim, Darlene, Dale, Verna and to those we did not know. Bernie and I met in classes of our freshmen year at FHS, the fall of 1945. We were half of a foursome from farms east and southeast of Faribo that included Bob Caron and Ron Fleming, all close friends by graduation in 1949. Never stopped to count before, but our friendship spanned 65-plus years. We were often geographically separated for one or several years but each time we met, we and our spouses picked-up right where we left off; over a meal, wine, coffee or all three. During one recent reunion we were discussing what we recalled about attending each others wedding; strangely Bernie and Marc remembered virtually nothing, but Delores and Delcie seemed to have nearly total recall! In 2009 and 2010 we were in Minn. for several months each year and I learned not only that Bernie was ill but in 2010 his contition had worsened. I always knew my friend was a good man of strong character but in Oct 2010 through Jan 2011 Bernie proved how strong he could be. On one morning of several meetings at The Coffee Shop (where the foursome had played many games of Snooker and Eight Ball during high school lunch hours at the American Billards} after finishing our coffee and conversation I asked, what's your plan when you leave here. He causually answered, " I'm going to go sign up for hospice". He only confirmed what I had suspected; though we had fairly frank conversations about his uncurable cancer he nearly always minimized the severity of the situation. I know your sorrow will diminish only with time and hope your good memories will be with you always. Know that the Lord took Bernard to end his pain and suffering. We will miss our good and faithful friend until our next reunion, God willing.
Name: Jake Ruths
Date: Thursday May 26, 2011
Mrs. Sam, I had you as a Kindergarten teacher back at Jefferson in the late 70's, and shared a birthday with you too- good memories! My mom always made a cake for you while I was still attending elementary school, and I always enjoyed helping deliver it to you. I did not ever meet Bernard, but he sounded like a good man and excellent gardener. I am sure my grandparents (John and Ruth Ruths) may have known him. I am sorry for your loss, and for your children too. I lost my dad a few years ago, and it is not easy. Take care, -Jake Ruths
Name: Dan, Jana, Andrew and Josh Nordstrom
Date: Thursday May 26, 2011
Delores and family- Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. Bernie will be missed by everyone that knew and loved him. Dan, Jana and the boys
Name: Gayle, Chris and Cam
Date: Wednesday May 25, 2011
JIM~ Our sympathies to you and your family. We know what a difficult thing it is to lose our dads, please let us know what we can do to help you through this trying time. Take care, we will be thinking of you.