Rev. Robert G. Sampon

Rev. Robert G. Sampon, 78, was born to life Aug. 22, 1928, and was born to eternal life on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006.

He is lovingly survived by three brothers and a sister, Victor J. Sampon and family, Edward A. Sampon and family, James R. Sampon and family, Sr. Rosemary Sampon, Medical Mission Sisters, and the late Thomas Sampon and family.

Father Samponís outstanding qualities most remembered were his generosity, kindness, patience and gentleness.

Father Sampon began his studies at Saint Francis Minor Seminary and completed his priesthood formation at the Pontifical North American Col-lege in Rome (1948-1953).

He was ordained to the priesthood on July 19, 1953 at Romeís church of San Marcello by the Most Reverend Ettore Cunial.

Fatherís priestly ministry began on Aug. 10, 1954 as an assistant at St. Joseph Parish, Racine.

On June 1, 1955, he was appointed secretary in the Chancery Office and Notary in Curia.

Father left Milwaukee for graduate studies in Canon Law at Catholic University in Washing-ton, D.C, on Sept. 20, 1956.

Upon completion of his studies and return to Milwaukee in June of 1959, he was appointed assistant chancellor; on Oct. 11, 1969, Father was appointed the chancellor for the archdiocese.

He was appointed to his first pastorate on Jan. 12, 1982, serving St. Margaret Mary Parish, Mil-waukee.

Father was appointed administrator at Holy Trinity Parish in Newburg on June 21, 1994, serving there until his retirement from active ministry on June 30, 2002.

In addition to his assistant chancellor, chancellor, and pastor positions, Father also served as Defender of the Bond (Oct. 13, 1959) and Promoter of Justice (April 10, 1967) for the Metropoli-tan Tribunal, and chaplain to St. Anneís Home for the Elderly, Milwaukee (Dec. 4, 1967).

He was appointed to the archdioceseís Liturgical Commission on Aug. 10, 1964, and served as secretary until October of 1969.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15, at St. Margaret Mary Parish, 3930 N. 92nd St., Milwaukee, with Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan presiding.

Priest classmates and friends are invited to concelebrate; please bring an alb and white stole.

Visitation will take place Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m., at St. Anneís Home for the Elderly, 3800 N. 92nd St., Milwaukee, with a prayer vigil at 4:15 p.m.

A second visitation will be held again on Friday afternoon at St. Margaret Mary from noon until time for the 2 p.m. funeral liturgy.

The Schramka Funeral Home, Milwaukee (414-464-4040), is in charge of arrangements.