Samuel Alexander May
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Samuel Alexander May passed away on Friday, June 10, 2011.

Sam was born on June 7, 1993.He attended Kasson-Mantorville Elementary School, John Adams Middle School, and John Marshall High School.

While at John Marshall, he was active in speech, school newspaper, and theatre.He was captain of the speech team in 2010-2011.Sam was a voracious reader and an avid writer.He was a Post Bulletin teen columnist in 2009-2010 and attended journalism camp in the summer of 2010 at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Sam loved lighting and sound for theatrical productions.He could often be found in Ilstrup Auditorium at John Marshall High School where he would run the lighting and sound systems for plays, assemblies, and concerts.

Sam earned his honors diploma from John Marshall High School and had been selected as a commencement speaker.He had been accepted to the honors program at the University of Kansas where he was planning to study journalism at the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

He had attained San Kyu (Brown #3) belt certification from the International Ryu-TeAssociation.

Sam is survived by sister Liz of Los Angeles, California, sister Stephanie of Rochester, father Henry of Rochester, mother Dawn of Mantorville, grandparents Virgil and Marie Dempewolf of Spring Valley, Minnesota, and grandmother Helen May of Lander, Wyoming.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, 2011 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes' Chapel.A visitation will be Wednesday, June 15, 2011 from 3:00 7:00 p.m. at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the John Marshall Fund for Enhancement of Fine Arts.



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Rochester, MN 55901
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B Barbara Campbell on Jul 4, 2011

My heartfelt sympathy to all the family. Please know we will keep you close to our hearts at this sorrowful time.

Grandmother Helen and I worked together at the Independent Record many years ago.  Our daughter Carolyn Jo and Henry were in high school together.  As in any small community we have many memories of the family over the years.  We will keep all of you in our prayers.  

Sincerely, Barbara

M Mark and Dana Woeste on Jun 27, 2011

Dawn and Henry,  I am so sorry to hear about Sam.  I hope you can find some solace and peace in the days to come.

G Gina Ford on Jun 25, 2011

I am so sorry.  I cannot even imagine your pain.  You are in my prayers.

M Mike Pavlak on Jun 22, 2011

Dawn and family,

Just heard the news and was shocked.  I hope you find peace in the chaos of the universe.  Thoughts and prayers!


A Angela Jackson on Jun 20, 2011

I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your son. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family as I have recently lost a loved one. Please lean on others for support at this time.

C Chuck Wallace on Jun 20, 2011

Dear Dawn and family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

R Ranga Deshpande on Jun 19, 2011

Dawn - very sorry to hear this. All my prayers and sypathies are with you and your family. Take care!

J Jim Townsend and Linda Green on Jun 17, 2011


Linda and I are very sorry to hear about the loss of your son. If there is anything we can do to assist please let us know.

Jim Townsend and Linda Green Vermont

K Karen J Toney, Northeast Users Group Conference on Jun 17, 2011

We were all so sad to hear the news about your Son - we send our deepest sympathy to you and your family.  If there is anything any of us can do for you please let us know.  Take comfort in the fact that he will always be in your heart.

P Pat Glenski on Jun 16, 2011

I am so sorry to hear this news.  I pray that God gives your family the strength to get through this terribly difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

J Judy Hjortness on Jun 16, 2011

So very sorry to hear of your loss.  There are no words for times like these, but know that you have my deepest sympathy.

R Robert and Amy Gagliardi Family on Jun 16, 2011

We are so deeply sorry for the loss of your son, Sam.  You are among our thoughts and prayers during this time of sorrow.

J Joost Festen on Jun 15, 2011

Dear Dawn and family, what a loss. There are hardly no words that can ease your pain. Know that people care about you and will think about you to strengthen you in difficult hours of sorrow an sadness.

M Mark Adafin on Jun 15, 2011

Stunned! My prayers are with you!!

D Dave Holland on Jun 15, 2011

I can not hope to understand the depth of your loss. May the grace of God comfort you and your family Dawn. He understands what it means to lose a son. Lean on him for the strength to live each day, one at a time, as you mourn your loss. I am so sorry.

C Cheryl Wangsness on Jun 15, 2011

Dawn and Henry, My heart goes out to you both. May God comfort.

D Dawn Ruesink Rohl on Jun 15, 2011

Was very sorry to hear of your loss. Lean on the Lord and your memories one day at a time. Having lost a brother and watching my parents go through the loss of a son at a young age, know that it will be your faith that will see you through. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. So sorry for your loss.

C Cheryl Smith on Jun 15, 2011

Sam was a great friend to my son Jacob.  He loved Sam''s sense of humor and they spent a lot of time talking about religion and politics.  Sam will be truly missed by so many people.  Our deepest sympathy for all of Sam''s family and friends.

R Ron McCargar on Jun 15, 2011

Dawn and Henry, my wife and I are so sorry to hear of your loss.

M Michelle Aaker on Jun 15, 2011

The kids and I were so very sorry to hear of Sam''s passing.  We pray that God gives you the strength to get through this terribly difficult time.  Our thoughts are with you.

T Tom McKinley on Jun 15, 2011

Dawn, Henry and Family,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Sam seemed to be a brilliant young man and I am sure you are very proud of him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

P Peter Harboe on Jun 15, 2011

Dear Dawn,

Please accept my deepest sorrow for the loss of your beloved son.

I can only imagine the time hereafter.

May you find comfort and love in your family and closest friends.

S Susan Swenson on Jun 15, 2011

My thoughts and deepest prayers are with you and your family.  May your loving memories bring you strength, comfort, and peace today and every day.

C Chris Hanzel on Jun 15, 2011

I am so sorry for your loss.  My son, Alex Schroeder thought so highly of Sam and loved how Sam was truly his own person!  Alex said he was the type that just said what was on his mind and did not hold back.  Alex admired this about him!   I had the chance of meeting Sam when he was in 6th grade at the "Future Cities" event.   My thoughts and prayers are with all of Sam''s family.  Chris Hanzel

M Mark and Toni Adafin on Jun 15, 2011

We can''t begin to imagine the lost that you are feeling right now. Our deepest sympathy and prayers are lifted before God Almighty for the entire family. We know and trust that God will provide you the strength to endure. The memories of Sam will bring you days of laughter and days of tears but the joy of knowing that the memories and love will never fade away. The love you have for your son and brother is forever. Hold on to that!!

M Melissa Cottrell on Jun 14, 2011

My son was very good friends with Sam, and I am SO sorry for your loss.  I''''m sure that there are no words to explain the pain you are feeling.  Sam will be deeply missed by everyone''''s life that he touched, and he touched everyone he knew.   We are all here for you if you need anything.

Melissa Cottrell, mother of Matthew Pelfrey, Senior 2011

P Paula Welch on Jun 14, 2011

So sorry to hear about Sam. My deepest sympathy are with you all.

B Beth Kosta on Jun 14, 2011

I am so very sorry about your tragic loss.  I wish you strength and peace at this most difficult time.

K Kristy (Plaehn) Raihn on Jun 14, 2011

I sat at my computer waiting for the right words to express my sorrow for your loss but none would come. Please know that I am thinking of you Dawn as you and your family grieve the loss of your son. I am so sorry.

G Guy Havelick on Jun 14, 2011

There isn''t much to say at a time like this. Sam will be remembered forever as a vibrant and successful young man. We pray for strength and understanding for the family and friends.

C Candy Snyder on Jun 14, 2011

Dawn, I am so sorry to hear this news.  You are in my thoughts and prayers.

T Tricia (Connelly) Rasmussen on Jun 14, 2011

Dawn and family.. I''m so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers and are thinking of you in this very difficult time.

E Erin Hansen on Jun 14, 2011

Dawn--There is no way to express or understand the depth of loss and sorrow you are experiencing right now.  Please know many prayers are being said to support you during this difficult time.  Your faith, I am sure, is challenged as there is no real way to understand how something like this could happen.  My deepest sympathies for you and your family.

C Christy Boyer on Jun 14, 2011

Although we don''t know each other, I just wanted to pass along my deepest sympathies as well as my thoughts and prayers.  Please take comfort in the wonderful memories you have of your beloved son.  My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

K Kathy and Bob Hamre on Jun 13, 2011

We are here for you if you want to talk or get togather. We certainly feel your pain. We understand there are no words to express the deep sorrow you are feeling right now. We are truly sorry for your loss.

Bob and Kathy

G Gust & Anita Panagiotis on Jun 13, 2011

We are so sorry for your loss.  Even though we only knew you for a short time at Tina''s our hearts go out to you and your family.

May God give you strength.


Gust & Anita

C Cynthia Wright-Dellanave on Jun 13, 2011

Sam''s hard work in the HAPP Program and his passion for others less fortunate was always apparent.  He wrote a heartfelt article supporting the HAPP tutoring program because he understood that the refugee students have great potential that needs support.  I was so impressed with his intellect, his creativity and his desire to make a difference as a journalist someday.  Hearing of Sam''s death was a terrible shock; his loss will be deeply felt.  I will always have immense respect for Sam.

Cindy Wright-Dellanave

ESL Teacher



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