Mary J. Samuelson

Mary J. Samuelson

Sep 10, 1934 – Jan 27, 2018

Preceded in death by parents, Marie and Henry Vohs.  Survived by husband, Wayne Samuelson; sons: Scott Samuelson, Dr. Steven Samuelson (Celeste), Dr. Greg Samuelson (Carolyn), and Dr. Jay Samuelson (Gina); fourteen grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brother, Jim Vohs (Phyllis); sisters, Phyllis Billeter (Bud) and Maxine Coyne (Jim).

SERVICES on Saturday, Feb. 3rd, 11am at the West Center Chapel.  Interment, Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne, NE.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Alzheimer’s Association.


Mary (Vohs) Samuelson passed away on January 27th at Esprit-Whispering Ridge in Omaha, Nebraska.  She was born on September 10, 1934 in Holstein, Iowa.  She attended school in Holstein and was active in cheerleading, music, and basketball.  She played in the Iowa State Basketball Tournament in 1952.  She attended Wayne State College and met her future husband, Wayne “Sam;” they were married on September 18, 1955.

Mary taught school in Sioux City, Iowa, Laurel, Nebraska, Mankato, Minnesota, and Kearney, Nebraska.  She was a dedicated reading teacher and was loved and respected by her students.  Mary was active in PEO.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Sam; brother, Jim (Phyllis); sisters, Phyl (Bud) and Maxine (Jim).  Mary and Sam had four boys: Scot (Carla), Steve (Celeste), Greg (Carolyn), and Jay (Gina). She was blessed with fourteen grandchildren: Carlyn, Andrew, Nate, Luke, Rachel, Cassie (Chad Noehr), Nick, Emma, Meg, Elli, Alex, Jake, Drew, and Chloe; and one great-granddaughter, Piper.  They have been her pride and joy and have given her great satisfaction.



  • Don and Betty Henderson Posted January 28, 2018 10:28 pm

    Sam and Family: So sad to hear about Mary. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Richard A. O’Gara Posted January 29, 2018 2:35 pm

    My sincere sympathies to you Sam and your family. I lost my Mary in 2014. You never replace the times you had together but you have some great memories to sustain you. Thank you for the excellent math foundation you gave to our class as well as the excellent basketball coaching. Mary was there to support you and your boys the whole way.

  • Ted Storck Posted January 29, 2018 4:19 pm

    I was so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. May she rest in peace.

  • Mike and Cathy Comstock Posted January 30, 2018 1:13 pm

    We are so sorry to hear about Mary‘s passing. She and Sam where are neighbors when they lived in Blair Nebraska. Mary was a good friend to have and they were both great neighbors.
    Condolences to the family.
    May she rest in peace., and may perpetual light shine upon her.
    Mike and Kathy Comstock

  • Art & Julie Roach Posted January 30, 2018 2:11 pm

    Mary is one of my special, beautiful friends. We taught many years together @ Kearney Junior High & I have wonderful memories of our time together both in & outside of the classroom. I hold her in my heart . I miss her & love her. Julie

  • Mark Suhr Posted January 30, 2018 2:44 pm

    Wayne and Family,

    I was very saddened to hear of Mary’s Passing, You, Mary and family played a very important part of my during my formative years in college. I have never forgotten and will always appreciate it. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this time of loss. We ask that you find comfort in knowing how import you are in our lives.

    Mark Suhr
    Seward, NE 68434

  • Art & Julie Roach Posted January 30, 2018 3:51 pm

    Mary was a beautiful, special friend. We taught many years together @ Kearney Junior High & became great friends outside of the classroom too.Wonderful memories with her, never to be forgotten. She had style, class, a compassionate nature & such a good Mother & wife.. I will treasure my memories of her , miss her & love her forever. Julie

  • Keith and Cristy Koch Posted January 31, 2018 10:30 am

    Sorry to here of your loss. Was looking forward to seeing you at the UNK Basketball Reunion. You still remain in our thoughts and prayer from old KSC.

  • Vaughn Christensen Posted January 31, 2018 8:26 pm

    Sam and family I am saddened to hear of Mary’s passing. I can remember so many good times together. Clarice loved you Mary as did I. You’re in a safe place with God and some I hope to see you there. Thanks be to God for life and death. I’ll miss you. Vaughn

  • Tom & Jackie Samuelson Posted January 31, 2018 8:55 pm

    Uncle Wayne,
    Jackie and I were so sorry to hear of aunt Mary’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you, as you move through this sad time. Just 2 weeks ago an ol Mankato and Sun City friend asked about you and Mary. I’ll let him know. Love you guys!

  • Vaughn Christensen Posted January 31, 2018 9:21 pm

    Sam and family you’ve lost a dear sole mate but we live with the great memories we’ve had for many years. She’s home with God in a much better place. We all hope to be with in the future. May God richly Bless your family. Will be seeing you. Vaughn

  • Brian Wilson, MD – Rock Hill, SC Posted February 1, 2018 7:17 am

    Mary used to fix us lunch that first year I was away from home in Omaha when Steve would run home to do his laundry. She was like a mom away from home for me. Lots of laughter and lots of food! Just was a young naive kid from Omaha needed to make it through that freshman year. I can still hear her now… laughing, encouraging, while fixing all that food! What a great lady with a great legacy. Thanks for sharing her with us Steve.

  • Colleen Coram Posted February 2, 2018 1:45 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. I taught with her at Kearney Junior High School and always admired her as a teacher and friend.

  • Rick & Rose Tennison Posted February 2, 2018 5:13 pm

    We are very sad to hear about Mary‘s passing. We treasure the memories of the Holiday parties hosted by Mary & Sam here in Sun City Grand. She and Sam were good neighbors and great friends, making our retirement years even more golden.

  • John and Peggy Young Posted February 3, 2018 8:19 pm

    Sam, we are saddened to read of Mary’s death. You two made such a fun pair, especially with your pickle parties! May God surround you and your family during this time of sorrow, and with time, may your remembrances turn into joyous memories. Our love, John and Peggy

  • Jack G. Wolfe Posted February 13, 2018 4:12 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with Wayne and the entire family. God Bless you all.

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