Anthony Samudio, 1929-2014

Published 9:26 am Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Funeral services for Anthony M. Samudio Sr. will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Our Saviors Lutheran Church. The Rev. Wayne Halvorson will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Bonnerup Funeral Chapel, and again one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will take place at Hillcrest Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at

Anthony Samudio

Anthony Samudio

Tony M. Samudio Sr., 84, of Albert Lea died unexpectedly from an aortic aneurysm Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, surrounded by his family at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea.

Tony was born in Casco, Wis., Nov. 5, 1929, the son of Joseph and Rita (Martinez) Samudio. From 1939 to 1942, the Samudio family resided in Waseca before moving to Charles Street in Albert Lea.

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After school Tony enlisted in the Army from 1951 to 1953, receiving his honorable discharge as a weapon vehicle mechanic at Fort Hood, Texas. On one of his leaves from the military, Tony proposed to and married his lifetime love, Garnette Arnhold, on June 22, 1952, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Owatonna. They were members there for two years before moving to their home in Albert Lea for more than 50 years.

The couple became very active members of Our Saviors Lutheran Church where they raised their five children, 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Tony was a dedicated man working and retiring at Queens Products. He was an employee for 36 years until they closed. He was active in school, church and community activities. He was a Cubmaster for Pack 3 and an active member of the American Legion and Eagles Club. Tony and Garnette loved visiting, camping and picnicking with family and friends. After Garnette passed away in 2008, he stayed in his home in the community, where he had a strong bond with many people, especially enjoying Charles Street reunions and neighborhood gatherings.

Anthony Samudio

Anthony Samudio

Tony Sr. is survived by son, Tony Jr., of Albert Lea and his children Kim Shovlain of North Carolina, Miranda Samudio of Albert Lea and Joseph (Yvette Guerra) Samudio of Hayward; daughter, Mary Beth (Matt) Samudio, of Albert Lea and her children Heather (Tyler Baas) Larsen of Albert Lea, Travis Larsen of Albert Lea and her stepson, Miles (Kaycee Kegler) Achord, of Hutchinson; Mark’s children Taylor Samudio of Minneapolis and Stephen Samudio of Albert Lea; son, Paul Samudio, of Albert Lea and his children Dustin Samudio of Storm Lake, Iowa, and Dereck Samudio of Albert Lea; son, Robert (Sherry) Samudio, of Freeborn and their daughter, Alyssa Samudio, of Freeborn; great-grandchildren Michael, Corrine and Caleb Shovlain, Brandon Trytten, Makayla Baas, Madalyn Baas, Nathan Achord and Gianna Samudio; sister, Anita (Jerry) Brennan, of Rochester; daughters in-law Phyllis Samudio, Lisa Samudio and Michelle Neal; and a son in-law, Rocky Larsen.

Tony is preceded in death by his parents; son, Mark Samudio; sisters Esther Lasa and Lucy Samudio in infancy; brothers Joseph Jr. Samudio, Harvey Samudio, George Samudio and Raymond Samudio; father and mother in-law Dave (Marie) Steafal; brother in-law, Duane Arnhold; and sisters in-law Darlene (Tom) Golden and Claire Verhelst.

He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather to not only his own, but to many people throughout his life. He will be greatly missed.