Ettamae Matilda Samplawski died on May 5 2017 at Care Partners
Country Terrace Assisted Living in Stanley WI
Ettamae Armbruster was born on December 20 1924 in Iron River WI, the
daughter of Elmer Francis and Jennie Idus Golden Armbruster. Her father
died from WWI injuries 2 months before she was born. When she was 8
months old her mother married Felix Pasholk, the only father she ever
knew. At age 2 the family moved to Chicago staying there 5 years before
settling on a farm north of Boyd. She attended St Joseph Catholic School.
After 8th grade graduation she worked as a house keeper for numerous
families in the Boyd area, before returning to Chicago where she worked
in a potato chip factory and a punch board factory.
On June 16 1942 Ettamae married Roy Samplawski at St Joseph Catholic
Church in Boyd. They settled north of Stanley and in 1945 purchased
their first farm. In 1974 they built their dream house and retired in 1978.
In retirement they traveled 49 states, Canada and Norway.
Ettamae made numerous birthday, graduation, wedding and anniversary
cakes. She was active in the Marburn Club, St Judes Circle and Holy
Family Ladies Aide and served as president in each group. She loved
playing cards and was active card groups for over 50 years. She played
many games of cards and Scrabble with her children grandchildren and
great grandchildren. At age 80 she learned to run her computer and
played Pinochle, Sheepshead, Gin and other games on line. She read
hundreds of books, her favorite being about the Amish, reading the
afternoon before her stroke.
Her greatest love was her family, crocheting afghans for her children and
grandchildren. She loved watching her grandchildren and great
grandchildren in athletic and musical events.
She is survived by her children Roydean(Lenore), Darlene(Dayton)
Christenson, Robert, Darrell(Jessica) and Judy. Grandchildren
Rhonda(Paul)Green, Deanna(Rich) Ralph,Lori(Joe) Hebert, Lynn(Tom)
Hause, Alisa(Rodney) Schofield, Danielle(Hunter) Risch, Michael
Samplawski, Bobbi (Ron) Ruhs, Lori (Kurt Howson) Reynolds,
Jack(Andrea) Christenson, Gerri(Ruben) Martinez and Wyatt Zastrow. 24
great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren, sister in law Audrey
Samplawski and her beloved dog Emmie.
She is preceded in death by her husband Roy (2004), parents Elmer
Armbruster, Felix and Jennie Pasholk. Her in-laws John and Elnora
Samplawski. Her brothers Elmer(Edna) Armbruster and Robert (Rose)
Pasholk, sisters Lorraine(Vernon) Magadanz and Phyllis (Burt) Nole.
In-laws Merl(Celia) Samplawski, Marvin(Gladys) Samplawski and
A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, May 9th at Holy
Family Catholic Church-Stanley with Father William Felix officiating. Burial
will follow in the Parish Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 PM on
Monday at the Plombon Funeral Home-Stanley with a 7:30 PM Parish
Rosary. Visitation will continue Tuesday morning from 9 AM until time of
mass at the funeral home.
The family would like to thank her care givers Tracey Kane, Linda
Schunk, Crystal Wisnewski, the staff of Oak Brook Rehab, Country
Terrace Assisted Living, St Joseph Hospice and Heartland Hospice for
the wonderful care she received for the last 3 years.