Ileen R. Samuelson, 90

Published 7:01 am Sunday, September 20, 2015



Ileen R. Samuelson, 90, of Austin, Minnesota, formerly of Canby, Minnesota , died Monday, Sept. 7, 2015, at the Sacred Heart Care Center in Austin, Minnesota.

Ilene Rose Hanson was born Sept. 14, 1924, in Sargeant, Minnesota, the daughter of Samuel and Laura (Giere) Hanson. She graduated from Austin High School in the class of 1942 and was married to Russell Samuelson on May 11, 1943.

Ileen had worked at Hormel Foods and the Austin Medical Clinic before they moved to Canby, Minnesota, in 1965. While in Canby, she worked as a home health aide and at R.E.M. Homes. Ileen was a charter member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and a member of Unity Chapter No. 29 Order of the Eastern Star, VFW Auxiliary of Canby. She enjoyed sewing, was a member of a sewing club and was an excellent baker.

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She was preceded in death by her husband Russell; son-in-law Jimmy Gene Wallace; sister Marjorie Hanson; brother and sister-in-law Willard and Delores Hanson; and a niece Diane Dahlbach.

Ileen is survived by daughters and son-in-law: Sharon Wallace, Soldotna, Alaska, Debra and Roger Warhol, Anoka, Minnesota; grandchildren: Lisa Metz-Roberts and husband Christopher of Anchorage, Alaska, Jason Metz and wife Becki, Soldotna, Alaska, Tamara Ward and husband Steve, Joshua Tree, California; great grandchildren: Cory Wood, St. Cloud, Minnesota, Curtis Ward and wife Jessica, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Cassandra Ward, Anoka, Minnesota; brother and sister-in-law, Lester and Gladys Hanson, Austin, Minnesota; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Cecil and Beth Samuelson, Hayfield, Minnesota; nieces, nephews, cousins; and Rhonda Akkerman, Rose Creek, Minnesota, who was always there for mother and we called her mother’s “guardian angel.”

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church with the Rev. Glenn L. Monson officiating. Interment will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Visitation will be held at the church for one hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to Sacred Heart Care Center or Our Savior’s Lutheran Church mission and youth programs. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.