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Eleanor Sampen
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Eleanor Sampen, 80, of Delavan, passed away at 5:58 am Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton.

She was born October 13, 1936 in Stanford to Wendell O. and Pauline Trott Howe. She married Duane L. Sampen on August 5, 1956 in Delavan, and he passed away February 4, 2009.

Surviving are one daughter, Beth (Doug) Zimmer of Delavan; one son, Phillip Sampen of Morton; three grandchildren, Jordan (Carolyn) Zimmer and Maddison Zimmer, both of Delavan, and Brady (Elizabeth) Zimmer of Tremont; two great grandchildren, Samuel and William; one sister, Mary (Jerry) Howard of Delavan; one sister-in-law, Lorene Anderson of Normal; one brother-in-law, Charles Benedict of Lawrence, KS; two cousins, Robert (Dorothy) Howe of North Point, FL and Betty Howe of Lincoln, NE; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Normadelle Pannier and Joyce Benedict; two brothers, Wendell Howe Jr. and Darrell Howe.

Eleanor worked as a secretary for Delavan High School, Culbertson, Culbertson & Allen, for Judge John T. Culbertson, and at Illinois State Normal University (ISNU).

She was a member of Delavan United Methodist Church and its Methodist Women, Delavan Historical Society, TOPS Delavan Chapter, Delavan American Legion Auxiliary, former board member of Tazewell County Resource Center, and a former Delavan Township trustee.

Eleanor enjoyed playing cards and games with her potluck groups and her family. She was a St. Louis Cardinal fan and enjoyed watching her grandchildren participate in sports at Delavan High School and at Illinois Wesleyan University. She and her husband also escorted bank bus trips and cruises across the United States.

Her funeral will be at 2:00 pm Sunday, September 10, 2017 at Delavan United Methodist Church. Pastor Gene Ramsey will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Saturday, also at the church. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Stanford. Davis Oswald Funeral Home in Delavan is handling the arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Delavan United Methodist Church or Common Ground-ABIDE Ministry.

 
 
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