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Blanche I Sampsel

October 7, 1920 - April 18, 2014

Blanche Irene “Dolly” Sullivan Sampsel, 93, a longtime resident of Marysville, died Friday, April 18, 2014 at The Gables at Green Pastures. A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she was first and foremost, a faithful encourager to her loving husband, “Doc” Sampsel, and their children. They established their home in Marysville in 1953. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and formerly served on the church’s Altar Society. As a supporter of Memorial Hospital of Union County, she participated in numerous fundraisers and benefits for the hospital, including the Hi Fever Follies. Aside from her steady devotion to her husband and children, she will be remembered for her love of the outdoors and athleticism. An accomplished swimmer, she was a “regular” patron of the Marysville Municipal Swimming Pool every summer for decades, where she socialized and swam laps with her buddies. As a youth, she and her siblings spent the summers enjoying Lake Erie. She was a certified scuba diver and enjoyed horseback riding, skiing, tennis and golfing. She loved family reunions and gatherings and was known as an excellent cook and coordinator of big family dinners. An animal lover, she tended to many pet animals as she raised her children, including fox, a skunk, a Canadian goose, a raccoon, wild birds and of course, numerous dogs and cats. She was born October 7, 1920 in Youngstown, Ohio to the late Patrick J. and Bridget McNulty Sullivan. She was also predeceased in 2002 by her daughter, Mary “Moe” Sampsel Schuneman; two brothers, Robert and Eugene; and a sister, Margaret. She is survived by her husband of 69 years, James William Sampsel, M.D., whom she married April 21, 1945 in Cleveland; her sons, James W. (Chien-Hua) Sampsel, Jr. of Marysville, Charles T. (Theresa) Sampsel of Hilliard, Kevin (Mary) Sampsel of Marysville and Bill “Aaron” Sampsel of Marysville; four grandchildren, Emily (Paul) Latham, Patrick (Jessie) Sampsel, Carly Sampsel and Nick Sampsel; and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and many loving friends. Private family visitation will be held. The public is invited to a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated 11 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Rev. Fr. David A. Poliafico will officiate and burial will follow at the church cemetery. Underwood Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at


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