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Zane R. Sampson

April 5, 2019


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Zane R. Sampson

April 5, 2019



It is with great sadness that the family of Zane Sampson of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania announces that she left this world peacefully on Friday, April 5th, at the age of 80, in Alexandria, VA while staying with her daughter.


She was born Zane Ruth Reese on October 4th, 1938 in Dayton, Ohio. The family moved to Chillicothe where she went to Unioto High School and met her husband, Albert Phillip Sampson. They married in 1954 and had two daughters. They moved to Mountaintop, PA in 1973, where she worked as a switchboard operator at Mercy Hospital in Wilkes-Barre for 33 years. She was previously a hairdresser and had a flair for arts and crafts and became a talented seamstress who made beautiful quilts, bags and children’s toys from fabric.


She is survived by her daughters, Cynthia Sampson LaPorte and her husband, Vincent and Sondra Sampson; her granddaughter, Lindsey Sampson and her brother, Paul Edward Reese as well as many nieces and nephews and their children.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Phillip Sampson and by her parents, Hester Mae and Henry Reese; her daughter, Yolanda Lynn Sampson; brothers, Henry Lowell Reese and David Dean Reese and her sister, Mae Reese all of Ohio.


Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Wednesday evening from 5 – 7 pm at the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the SPCA of Luzerne County, 524 East Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 or to the Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge, 947 Lockville Road, Dallas, PA  18612.


Online condolences may be sent by visiting Zane’s obituary at www.natandgawlas.com.