RIPELY - Teresa A. (Bauer) Sam, age 82, of Ripley, N.Y., formerly of Dunkirk, N.Y., died Friday, March 29, 2013, at Twinbrook Medical Center of Erie, Pa.
Teresa was born on Aug. 23, 1930, in Buffalo, N.Y., the daughter of the late Joseph and Amelia (Ruhlman) Bauer.
A Dunkirk resident for many years, she and her late husband had been the proprietors of the former Sam's Place on Roberts Road. She had been employed by A. Sam and Son of Dunkirk in the offices and retired in 2006.
Teresa A. (Bauer) Sam
Sam was a member of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church of Dunkirk and had been very active in church activities and the church's altar guild. She had resided in Ripley since 2006, moving there to be closer to her daughter. While in Ripley, she greatly enjoyed being a part of the Ripley Central School grandparent program where she actively exercised with the students.
She enjoyed puzzle books, reading and baking. She was an avid collector of spoons from various states and countries. But most of all, her family was the love of her life.
She is survived by her three daughters, Judith (Martin) Rowe of Ripley, N.Y., Suzette (Brian) Smith of Gerry, N.Y., and Samantha (Troy) Way of Wyandotte, Mich.; her two sons, Paul (Christine) Zimmer and Mark (Josi) Zimmer; her step-son, Rev. Albert (Hannah) Sam of Lockport, N.Y.; her two step-daughters, Nancy (Johnathan) Carroll of Dunkirk, N.Y., and Sadie (Al) Kwiej of Dunkirk, N.Y.; her sister-in-law, Rev. Helen Sam of Dunkirk; and her brother-in-law, Esau Sam of Dunkirk; 27 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren. Teresa was also considered part of the Rowe family, her son-in-laws's family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel A. Sam, who died on Dec. 1, 1991; her two step daughters, Rose Marie Matteson and Catherine Fancher; her grandson, Briggs Miller; her great-granddaughter, Jessica LaVoice; her five brothers, Bud, Joseph, Ronald, Myron, and Nelson Bauer; and by her two sisters, Bernice and Patricia Bauer.
Teresa's family will receive friends on Saturday, April 6 from 2 to 3 p.m., one hour prior to the service, at St. John The Baptist Episcopal Church, 16 W. Fourth St., Dunkirk, N.Y., where a memorial service will be held 3 p.m., with Reverends Albert Sam, Helen Sam and Yvonne Fancher co-officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to, Ripley Hose Co. No. 1, 11 S. State St., Ripley, N.Y. 14775 or to St. John The Baptist Episcopal Church, 16 W. Fourth St., Dunkirk, N.Y., 14048.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Mason Funeral Home, 37 Clinton St., Westfield. Log on to www.masonfuneral.com to send Teresa's family a message of sympathy.