Dolores “Dodo” Eileen Samarzja, 89, of Buhl, passed away Friday, January 3, 2020 at Heritage Manor in Chisholm.

Dolores was born September 17, 1930 in Ellendale, ND to John and Esther (Schandelmeier) Rowe. She attended schools in Barnum, Hibbing and Buhl. Dolores married Steve J. Samarzja on November 29, 1947 in Buhl. She worked at Herbergers as a sales associate until her retirement. She was a member of the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Buhl and the Buhl Women's Club.

Dolores enjoyed playing cards, deer hunting, blueberry picking, spending time at the cabin on Lake 14, fishing, sewing, cooking (she was famous for her sarmas), and especially spending time with her family and friends.

Dolores was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Steve; 2 brothers and 1 sister.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Pat (Daren Hall) Samarzja of Farmington and Donna (Dick) Marks of Side Lake; 1 son, Steven (Rose) Samarzja of Hibbing; 8 grandchildren, Kristi Hughes, T.J. Vizenor, Mark Plombon, Monica Plombon, Casey Plombon, Scott Samarzja, Amanda Samarzja and Nathan Samarzja; 11 loving great grandchildren who were the joy of her life, Mason, Brody, Riley, Wyatt, Avery, Nolan, Kamryn, Jace, Makenna, Zoe, and Tia; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


A Memorial Mass will be held Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Buhl at 11:00 a.m. with visitation beginning one hour prior to the service. Fr. Fred Method will officiate. Burial will be at the Lakeview Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Hibbing. To sign the online guest book or send condolences visit

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