Mildred Samdahl

Mildred Samdahl

MONONA-Mildred Samdahl, age 95, passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at the Agrace HospiceCare Center in Fitchburg.

She was a longtime resident of Monona. Mildred was born in 1917 in Millston, on the farm of her parents, Herman and Irene Linder, the oldest of three girls. At age seven, her parents sent her to live in town for a year because the local one-room school had too few children for a teacher; she later lived in Black River Falls to attend high school. After high school graduation, Mildred worked briefly at the Community Telephone Company where she met John Samdahl. They were married in 1939, and had five children. In 1956, they moved to Monona where they lived for 33 years. Mildred was active in the Monona United Methodist Church. She enjoyed backyard cookouts, gardening, and watching clouds and sunsets. After John retired from General Telephone Company, they delivered Meals on Wheels and participated in activities at the Monona Senior Center. Mildred knit several hundred caps for newborn babies at Meriter Hospital. In 1989, Mildred and John sold their home in Monona and were among the first residents at Meadow Grove, an ecumenical housing development for seniors in Madison. They enjoyed traveling and community events until his passing in 1993. Mildred remained at Meadow Grove for many years; more recently she lived at Aster, an assisted living facility in Cottage Grove. She cherished the friends she made at both locations, including staff and other residents. Mildred spent her final days at the peaceful Agrace HospiceCare Center in Fitchburg where she and her family received loving care.

She will be remembered for her gentle ways, willing smile, and neighborly attention to others. There were years when she received over 60 birthday cards from friends. She always had a good sense of humor; when asked shortly before she died if there were any family secrets she hadn’t told the kids, she smiled and said “There is no Santa Claus.” Playing cards was so ingrained that she enjoyed it even after other activities became difficult. And to the end she loved desserts, especially ice cream and chocolate.

Mildred is survived by her sister, Fern Linder of San Francisco, Calif.; her sister-in-law, Wanda Stiteley of Waupun; her children, Alice (Samdahl) Edwards of Livonia, Mich., Jim Samdahl and his wife, Bobbye of Princeton, Mass., Nancy (Samdahl) McCall and her husband, Don of Madison, Bill Samdahl and his wife, Barb of Madison, and Diane Samdahl of Athens, Ga;10 grandchildren including, Brian Edwards, Buffie (Edwards) Christensen, Lori (Edwards) Nelson, Mike Edwards, Jamie Samdahl, Jesse Samdahl, Ryan McCall, Kelly (McCall) Dotson, Andrea Samdahl, and Amber Samdahl; and 17 great-grandchildren including, Peter, Mercedes, Ivy, and Risa Nelson; Gabriel, Alyssa, and Evangelina Edwards; Bradley, Jacob, Emalie, and Joshua Christensen; Celeste and Kalvin Edwards; Karlee and Stella McCall; and Grace and Henry Dotson. She was preceded in death by her husband, John; her sister, Violet Harkner; her special cousin, Harland Stiteley; and her son-in-law, Lynn Edwards.

Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, at 11:30 a.m.on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. Burial will be at Highland Memory Gardens. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in her name to Agrace HospiceCare Inc., 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI, 53711 or online at

I thank you for the love that you have shown,But now it is time I traveled on alone.