History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

 The history of Sampson Funeral Home begins with Peter Running, who built the original two-story building in the early 1890’s to house his hardware store. In 1896 Peter died, and his son A.J. Running took over the store’s operation and continued to manage it until 1904 when he joined with G.F. Martin, who owned and operated a livery stable, and the firm became known as Running and Martin. In 1910, A.J. Running became an undertaker and added that line of work to the firm, and soon after a furniture department and Ford dealership was added.

In 1937, Frederick J. Bremer went to work for Running and Martin at the funeral home, hardware store and Ford Dealership. Fritz became sole owner of these three businesses in 1939, but later sold the hardware store in 1953.

In 1965, Fritz sold the funeral home to Don Goodrich, who owned and operated the business for 22 years until 1987, when Bruce and Lynn Sampson purchased the funeral home and moved the business to it’s current location in 1994. The building was previously a plastic bag factory called, Dairyland Plastics Co., owned by Pinky and Ethel Tallman.

In October of 2012 Sampson Funeral Home merged with Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral Home in Eau Claire. 

Our Valued Staff

Daniel Duffenbach

Daniel Duffenbach, Funeral Director

A lifelong resident of the Eau Claire-Chippewa Falls area, Daniel is a licensed funeral director who has been serving families since 1977. Daniel is involved with several community organizations. Daniel is a Charter Member of the Chippewa County Grief Guidance Team, established in 1999. During his spare time Daniel enjoys hunting, fishing, and is a long distance runner. Daniel is married to Karolynne and they have four children and three grandchildren.

You can email me at [email protected]

Dana Mae Zwiefelhofer

Dana Mae Zwiefelhofer, Funeral Director

Dana, of Bloomer, joined the Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral Home staff in February of 2011, to complete her apprenticeship and later became a licensed funeral director in August 2011. She is a graduate from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago, IL.

You can email me at [email protected]

Tina Ochs

Tina Ochs, Office Administrator

Tina is our office administrator. She and her family live in the Village of Lake Hallie. She is an active member of Holy Ghost Parish. She enjoys working out, reading, watching the Vikings and Twins and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

You can email me at [email protected]

Elise Ordemann

Elise Ordemann, Funeral Director

Elise graduated from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and soon after, joined the staff of Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral & Cremation Services and Sampson Funeral Home as a licensed funeral director. She is originally from Merrill and enjoys going home to spend time with her family. Elise also enjoys hiking with her dog, Millie, horseback riding, and traveling. Elise is a member of the Young Professionals of Chippewa Valley and a volunteer at Bob’s House for Dogs.

You can email me at [email protected]

John Lee

John Lee, Funeral Director

John joined our staff on November 12, 2018. More information about him will be added soon.