Michael D. Sampson

Jul 29 1979
Jan 7 2019
39 Years
Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Michael D. Sampson, 39, of Lancaster, passed away at his home on Monday, January 7, 2019. He was the husband of Klete C. Griffin with whom he shared nearly 15 years, the past four and a half in marriage.  Born in Coatesville, PA he was the son of Walter D. and Judith L. Nitzenberger Sampson of Christiana, PA.

Michael was an area resident all his life and a 1999 graduate of the Octorara High School. After high school he continued his education at the Center for The Arts and Technology Brandywine Campus graduating in 2002 as an LPN. He was dedicated to his patients and highly regarded by his co-workers for the past 16 years at Harrison Senior Living in Christiana, PA. Michael was a fantastic nurse.

Michael had many friends at Bush River Yacht Club on the Chesapeake Bay, where he often spent summer weekends boating with Klete aboard their boat the Felony 1.

Michael loved large American automobiles, especially Cadillacs and Lincolns. He spent hours tinkering with and maintaining his “toys” in the garage. He gained this mechanical aptitude from helping his Father work on cars when he was a teenager.

A true history buff, Michael enjoyed watching historical documentaries, visiting museums and exploring antique shops near and far. He was particularly intrigued by the World War II era.

Michael was a loving son and brother, who enjoyed a very close relationship with his family. Mike loved animals, especially his and Klete’s Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Bernie and Elton. He was also extremely attached to the many cats who lived with Walt, Judy, and Andrea.

Klete loved and adored Michael and the years of wonderful times they had together. Michael was such a kind and caring husband. He will be missed by everyone who was lucky enough to know him.

He is survived, in addition to his husband and parents, by his sister Andrea N. Sampson of Christiana and her fiance John Krempa, Jr. of Coatesville, his maternal grandmother Geraldine Nitzenberger of Parkesburg, paternal grandmother Jean Winchester of West Chester, PA, his in-laws, Melvin C. and Sylvia J. Griffin of Port St Lucie, FL, sister-in-law Kara L. Johnson and nephew Cayson M. Johnson of Islamorada, FL. He was preceded in death by paternal grandfather Stanley Sampson and maternal grandfather William Nitzenberger.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the Wilde Funeral Home, 434 Main St. Parkesburg, PA with visitation from 11:30 to 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Pennsylvania SPCA Lancaster Center, 848 S. Prince St., Lancaster, PA 17603.

Online condolences can be posted at www.wildefuneralhome.com

Service Date: 
Jan 19 2019 - 1:00pm
Service Location: 
Wilde Funeral Home


So sorry to hear of Mike's passing. I worked with him for several years at Butlers in Parkesburg and have many fond memories of him. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of his friends and family.

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Dear Klete, Walt, Judy and Andrea,

The boys and I are extremely saddened by the Michaels' passing. I thought Klete, and you described him perfectly. I will always think of him with that big smile when he was just a boy. His love for anything mechanical that he could take apart and put back together. That big beautiful smile in the photos with his Corkys (babies). Michael will always be remembered with Love in our family.

Thank you Klete, for Loving him and providing much happiness in his life. What a precious gift.

With a loving heart to the Sampson family, my heart is with you. 

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My condolences to Klete and all of Michael’s family, friends and coworkers. I am so very sorry for your loss.  Michael was a genuinely kind and gentle soul. I hope and pray for God to help ease your sorrow and comfort you all. Please take comfort in knowing how amazing and loved he was. I worked with him for a few years at Harrison and I will never forget him. He always brought many smiles and laughs and was always willing to help and all his residents simply adored him. I always looked forward to giving him report at work as he would make me laugh and would always help me if I had any questions or if I didn’t understand something, Michael wouldn’t hesitate to help and explain things to me. He was so so intelligent and I always admired that. Rest In Peace Michael, I love you, I miss you my friend. 

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Buddy, Classmate, Peer, Ally, Supporter, and Friend

Michael is a great man and will always be remembered as such.

Wishing Him Peace & As well, love and understanding to his family and friends.


“ The Battle is the Lord’s “ Yolanda Adams

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I am so sorry to hear of Micheals passing. I worked with him at Harrison He was an amazing nurse, he was always there for his patients with his kind smile and loving heart. He was more than a co-worker he was a friend to all that knew him. He made work fun with his great sense of humor. Rest in peace dear friend you are so loved and will never be forgotten

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To Judy, Walter, Gerri, & the entire family ... it was heartbreaking to hear of Michael's passing; I don't have the words to comfort you .. 

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Klete, we want to express our deepest sympathy to you and your family and let you know that our thoughts are with you. We are hoping the beautiful memories you shared with your husband help you eventually find peace. 

Much love,

Dennis and Kelly Peters


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Walt,Judy,Andrea,Klete and family, We were so sorry to hear of Michael's passing. We are praying for all of you at this most difficult time. Love, Donnie,Robin,Amanda and David

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Tim and I send our deepest sympathy and condolences to Klete and all family in the sudden passing of Mike. May the wonderful memories help in this difficult time.




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Dear Andrea and Family.  

We just heard about the passing of your brother and Sammy and I are sending you and your family our deepest sympathy. 

Cousin Bill and Sammy in Florida 





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I was a co-worker of Mike's when he first became an LPN and as he continued working at HH over the years. He was a wonderful nurse and always willing to help his co-workers. His resident's loved him and he will be deeply missed. Prayers for his family, friends, residents, and co-workers and may God Bless. RIP Mike

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To Klete and to the family of Michael.  It is with great sadness that I learned of Michael’s passing.  I worked with Michael for 2 years as his supervisor and can attest to his quality of care as an LPN at HSL.  His will be missed by all his residents and colleagues alike.  My prayers will be with you and the family for your healing.


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Klete, so very saddened to hear of Michael's passing. No amount of words can lessen your pain. Know that all your friends and family are here for you. The memories you made together no one can take away. God bless you my friend. My heart truly breaks for your loss.

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Loss is expected, but never welcome, thread in the tapestry of our lives. In time , it will slowly become easier to find a path forward, while holding the love we have in reverence. 

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i just found out today of Michael’s passing - how sorrowful!!!!!  I remember him at his grandmother’s swimming!!!

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.




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So sorry to hear of Michael's passing. Wonderful nurse, great guy. It was a real pleasure to work with him at Harrison House, sincerely Jim and Sharon Nickle

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