Condolence & Memory Journal

Sammie filled a room with fun. She was one of those 'larger than life' individuals. I will miss Sam but she gave me so many memories to cherish the rest of my life. Sam, if there are squirrels in heaven, save me a place on the team! Love you !

Posted by Jane Mutch - Broadview Hts, OH - Friend   August 26, 2020

RIP Mrs.Samolis, you were an amazing teacher and I loved coming to your creative writing class. I graduated in 2002 and still remember how much I enjoyed you and your lessons!

Posted by Maggie - North royalton - student   August 24, 2020

RIP Mrs Samolis, condolences to the Family!
The Moreira Family

Posted by Moreira - Cuyahoga Heights, OH - student   August 23, 2020

RIP Mrs Samolis, and condolences to your family!

Posted by Anthony Strazzo - Student   August 23, 2020

My condolences to your family. Mrs. Samolis was my home room teacher for a number of years way back in 2004. But I still remember how friendly and sweet she was. Definitely always made me smile before I started my day. She will be missed.

Posted by Nick Karas - Broadview hts, OH - Student   August 23, 2020

I remember her so fondly, she was the only teacher I would walk out of school for. They tried to eliminate her position and we all walked to the BOE in protest.

I’m so sad for her passing.

Rest in Heaven Mrs. Samolis, I will never forget you.

Posted by Diane Chaffin - Brecksville Broadview Height, OH - student   August 23, 2020

Mrs. Samolis was my favorite teacher all throughout high school. I was lucky enough to see her every day for four years in Homeroom and she taught my favorite class, creative writing. She was an inspiring woman who will no doubt be missed by many. I learned so much from her and for that I will always be thankful.

Posted by Alex Kugler - student   August 23, 2020


Posted by Laurie Bertin - BROADVIEW HTS, OH - coworker   August 23, 2020

The news of Helen's death has rocked me. I know from countless conversations over the years that Helen loved her family deeply. Her daughters were always in her thoughts, and she was so proud of the women you've become. Her grandchildren were cherished and adored. I wish the Samolis family peace and comfort in the difficult days ahead, and I hope your memories of her will keep her close.

She was a great friend, colleague, and mentor to me, a person whose zany enthusiasm brightened my life for many years. Working and interacting with Helen was a joy, and not only because of her fun-loving and creative energy. She loved people and cared about others deeply. She worked hard and shared her love of life generously. Her students loved her humor and interesting assignments (her "Peeps" and Valentine Hearts projects come to mind!) and they also felt respected and understood by her. She even spilled her positive energy into the hallway between classes on Fridays, playing "Jesse's Girl," "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," "Never Gonna Give You Up," "The Ohio State Fight Song," "Beat It" among many others. Random students walking to class would bust out dance moves to Helen's great joy! And, of course, her bowling league atrocities are the stuff of legend! These are times I will hold forever in my heart, and Helen will always be alive there!

Those who knew Helen Samolis were blessed to have her in our lives. Long live the Queen!

Posted by David Whitehurst - Akron, OH - Friend   August 20, 2020

Mrs. Samolis was not only an amazing educator but a wonderful person. When I would see her out and about in the area, we would always chat. It was so nice that she remembered me. My thoughts are with her girls.. I am sure you miss her tremendously.

Posted by Kristen Janowski    August 19, 2020

Energy, enthusiasm, friendliness and just an overall ball-buster! I am really going to miss you--you were a great lady!

Posted by Brian Smith - North Royalton, OH - Coworker   August 19, 2020

I worked with Helen for many years at Brecksville-Broadview Hts. HIgh School. There was NOBODY who had the sense of humor that she had, nor the respect she garnered from everyone who knew her. I also bowled with her for seven years in our school bowling league - oh the stories! By the time we left the alley each Thursday night, we had laughed so hard we were actually tired. It became tradition at the end of our season to have a banquet - yes, a champion was crowned. But that is not why everyone hung around - it was Helen who would officially end our season with a gag gift and a story about each and every person. We would leave that final evening with our sides hurting and our eyes filled with tears from laughing so much. Those memories will be with me forever! Today our eyes are filled with tears for a different reason. They are filled with tears as we grieve what this world has lost. But, eventually those tears will be replaced with smiles as we remember all those stories - the memories will replace the grief. And will be better for having known her. May God Bless Her Soul in Heaven, and May God Bless Her Family during this difficult time. I know today, as we prepare for whatever this new school year brings, the halls will be filled with stories, laughter, and tears. However and whenever our bowling resumes, it will never be the same. But, I know when it does, words will be said, memories shared, and dedication given to our forever friend Helen Samolis. We will always Love Her, and we Miss Her already! Derrell G. Smith a.k.a. the "Ragman" ( An inside Helen joke)

Posted by derrell smith - Kent, OH - Friend   August 19, 2020