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“Neil & Kim: I wanted to share a story of Sam that was my last real memory of her. Kaylie had moved her club team to Cedar Rapids and we were matched...Read More »
1 of 26 | Posted by: Rob Crowe - Dubuque, IA

“Neal,Please accept my HEARTFELT condolences for the loss of your beautiful, beloved daughter, Sammie. Wish i had words to lighten your pain but...Read More »
2 of 26 | Posted by: TINA SCHMERBACH - Dubuque

“Neal,Please accept my HEARTFELT condolences for the loss of your beautiful, beloved daughter, Sammie. Wish i had words to lighten your pain but...Read More »
3 of 26 | Posted by: TINA SCHMERBACH - Dubuque, IA

“Neil, Kim and family,Prayers and sympathy on the loss of Sam. Our thoughts are with you! ”
4 of 26 | Posted by: The Ochs Family

“My heart breaks for Neil and his family, such a tragedy ”
5 of 26 | Posted by: Fred Weiner - Dubuque, IA

“Deepest sympathy to the families on their loss. ”
6 of 26 | Posted by: Jean and Rod Said - Peosta, IA

“Neil,I cant even imagine the depth of your loss. Know that I am praying for you. If you ever need to talk or would like to pray together, just let...Read More »
7 of 26 | Posted by: Ted White - East Dubuque, IL

“I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Sammie was a beautiful person, inside and out. ”
8 of 26 | Posted by: Taylor Lambert - Dubuque, IA

“Neil and Kim, I'm so sorry. I can only imagine the depth of your sorrow. My prayers are with you. May the lord ease your pain. ”
9 of 26 | Posted by: Kevin Hintz - Asbury, IA - Friend

“Such a tragic loss of a young woman who selflessly chose to serve and care for others as a CNA. Prayers and heartfelt sympathies for the family and...Read More »
10 of 26 | Posted by: Dena Stolze - Dubuque, IA

“Neal and Kim, I can't even imagine what you are going through. I am truly blessed to have known Sam. She always had a beautiful smile on her face. ...Read More »
11 of 26 | Posted by: Kristi Trowbridge - Dubuque, IA

“I am so sorry to hear the news. She was a friend to my son Hunter who passed away last year. ”
12 of 26 | Posted by: Mike Frommelt - Holy Cross, IA

“Still can't believe it's real. Such a beautiful person inside and out! Fly high and rest in paradise Sam. Really going to miss your smile. Sending...Read More »
13 of 26 | Posted by: Frankie Whitemon - Dubuque, IA

“My heart goes out to you! To lose someone who is so young . My family knows how it is to say goodbye ”
14 of 26 | Posted by: Jody Daggett - Dubuque, IA

“MY HEART ACHES WITH SADNESS FOR THE FACE I CANNOT SEE , ONLY GOD KNOWS WHY THIS HAD TO BE........ ...Read More »
15 of 26 | Posted by: Kim Blake - Dubuque, IA

“We did not know Sammie directly, but feel a sense of connection through her aunt Kalla. We are so very sorry for your loss. May the memories of...Read More »
16 of 26 | Posted by: Marlene & Jim Bannen - La Crosse, WI

“WHAT A Beautiful Person. My Heart Goes Out To Each And Every One Of You !!! MY Heart Aches For You All Love M. S. PAT And Family !!! ”
17 of 26 | Posted by: M.S. Pat BROESSEL - Dubuque, IA

“I am so very sorry for your loss. I worked at WD and will always remember what a caring, outgoing person Sam was. She respected everyone, had a...Read More »
18 of 26 | Posted by: Carol Freeze - Farley, IA

“god will keep you now ”
19 of 26 | Posted by: daryl dean

“So sorry for your loss. Didn't know her long but I sure did like her. Such a tragedy of one so young ”
20 of 26 | Posted by: Barb Drees - Farley, IA

“Neal and Kim - we are so very sorry. You are in our prayers. Much love to you both. Andy and Caryn ”
21 of 26 | Posted by: Caryn Cox - Peosta, IA - Friend

“I am so sorry for your loss. I remember growing up with Sammie and dressing alike. We used to pretend we were twins. She was a beautiful and caring...Read More »
22 of 26 | Posted by: Laura Jelinek - Dubuque, IA

“Neil and family. Very sorry for your loss.. ”
23 of 26 | Posted by: Al Brimeyer - Friend

“Our deepest sympathy to Sams family. The worlds a lesser place in her absence. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
24 of 26 | Posted by: Amy Hemmer - Maquoketa, IA

“Kim and Neal...you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
25 of 26 | Posted by: Tracy Beckley (Wiley) - Dewitt, IA

“I'm so very sorry on sams passing, she was a beautiful young lady that I'm proud to say I got to no , she was very loving for the clients she took...Read More »
26 of 26 | Posted by: June Reese Holland - Dubuque, IA


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Samantha J. "Sammie" Link, age 21, of Peosta, Iowa, was called home tragically at 2:32 a.m., on Friday, March 31, 2017. To honor Sammie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Sammie's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Sammie was born on August 15, 1995, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Neal (Kim) Link and Jacquelyne Nelson.

Sammie was a proud graduate of West Dubuque High School and would earn a reputation as not only a great soccer player, but also a kind and gentle soul who graciously possessed a natural love and respect for those with special needs. Sammie was a truly motivated soccer player and would gradually develop her skills in AYSO, before eventually sharing her talents on many open fields with her favorite club traveling teams, most especially the Dubuque Sting and the Dubuque Soccer Club. Sammie would go on to receive her CNA and immediately begin serving others as a career after highschool. She worked primarily with TLC and enjoyed assisted families with in home nursing care, as well as making friends along the way. She definitely had a soft spot for animals, and anyone who knew Sammie well will surely remember fondly her devotion to Winnie, Bear, Stewie and Duke. Sadly, Sammie's earthly journey has been much to short for those whom love and adore her. 21 years will never feel like it was enough time for her light to shine, but we know that she's definitely left a positive impact on the world around her and that one day we'll all be reunited with our caring, generous and beautiful Sammie. May God bless you and keep you until we meet again our dear sweet Sammie!

Those left to cherish Sammie's memory include

her father,
Neal (Kim) Link, Peosta, IA;

her mother,
Jacquelyne Nelson;

a sister,
Cassaundra (Josh Driscoll) Nelson;

her brothers,
Jason, Joshua, Michael, Matthew and Donald;

her grandmothers,
Karen Johnson, Dubuque, IA,
and Beverly Miller, Dubuque, IA;

her grandfathers,
Jim (Linda) Link, Dubuque, IA
and Steve Simon, Dubuque, IA;

her aunts and uncles,
Tim Simon,
Kelly (fiancé Larry Mathis) Simon,
Jim Simon,
Robert (Melissa) Powell,

a nephew,
Kai Driscoll;

and her cousins,
Ashley, Olivia, Indie, River, Hailey and Lexi.

Sammie was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Robert Johnson Jr., and Ivan Miller; her grandmother, Deb Simon; and her uncle, Jeffrey Link.

In lieu of flowers, a Samantha J. "Sammie" Link memorial fund has been established.