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Dolores “Dodo” Eileen Samarzja

09/17/1930 - 01/03/2020

Dolores “Dodo” Eileen Samarzja, 89, of Buhl, passed away Friday, January 3, 2020 at Heritage Manor in Chisholm. A Memorial Mass will be held Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Buhl at 11:00 a.m. with visitation beginning one hour prior to the service. Fr. Fred Method will officiate. Burial will be at the Lakeview Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Hibbing.

Dolores was born September 17, 1930 in Ellendale, ND to John and Esther (Schandelmeier) Rowe. She attended schools in Barnum, Hibbing and Buhl. Dolores married Steve J. Samarzja on November 29, 1947 in Buhl. She worked at Herbergers as a sales associate until her retirement. She was a member of the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Buhl and the Buhl Women’s Club.

Dolores enjoyed playing cards, deer hunting, blueberry picking, spending time at the cabin on Lake 14, fishing, sewing, cooking (she was famous for her sarmas), and especially spending time with her family and friends.

Dolores was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Steve; 2 brothers and 1 sister.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Pat (Daren Hall) Samarzja of Farmington and Donna (Dick) Marks of Side Lake; 1 son, Steven (Rose) Samarzja of Hibbing; 8 grandchildren, Kristi Hughes, T.J. Vizenor, Mark Plombon, Monica Plombon, Casey Plombon, Scott Samarzja, Amanda Samarzja and Nathan Samarzja; 11 loving great grandchildren who were the joy of her life, Mason, Brody, Riley, Wyatt, Avery, Nolan, Kamryn, Jace, Makenna, Zoe, and Tia; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

8 thoughts on “Dolores “Dodo” Eileen Samarzja”

  1. Mary Lou Karkinen says:

    So very sorry for your loss!

  2. Norma Purkat says:

    Donna and family, I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. Our Moms are so precious and they are treasures. My heart goes out to all of you!

  3. JanetLopacBall says:

    We didn’t always know the parents of our classmates, but I knew DoDo. She was a fun lady and we always had fun at her house. I always wondered if she had a “real” name. I don’t think I knew it for years..but Dodo it was. 🙂 Dodo was someone who made the world a little brighter and a better place for the ones around her. ..another Angel for Heaven.

  4. Betty and Larry Cipperly says:

    Thoughts and prayers for the family. May she Rest In Peace and fly with angels,

  5. Peggy Anzelc says:

    So sorry for your loss. I remember Delores as such a neat lady. I also remember working with her at Herberger’s. She will be missed. Keeping you all in my prayers.

  6. Jerome Overbee says:

    Our deepest sympathy on the passing of your mother. Sincerely Leanne (Simonson) Overbee and Jay Overbee

  7. So very sorry to hear about Dodo she was a very special lady. Rest In Peace Dodo as you join your husband Steve.

  8. Dennis Marich says:

    Thoughts & prayers go out the Samarzja family. Dodo always held a special place in the hearts of the Marich family. Sincerely Dennis, Edith Ann & Monna.

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Wednesday 01/08/2020 at 11:00 AM
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, 118 Pennsylvania Avenue, Buhl, MN

Visitation begins at 10:00 AM