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Samantha Maryann Moore

April 27, 2021 | 46 comments

Samantha Maryann Moore, 33, passed away at Gundersen Health System on Wednesday, April 21st from a tragic car accident. She was born in La Crosse, WI on November 16, 1987 to Sam and Sandra Moore.

She was a loving and caring Wife and Mother. Her Daughter Isabella was her world.
Samantha put a smile on everyone’s face. She was spunky, loving, forgiving, strong and all ways willing to give a helping hand.
She was the Sunshine of so many lives. To know her was to love her.
Samantha loved bike riding, hiking, camping and finding new crafts and recipes to make. Most of all she loved spending time with her family and friends.
Samantha worked at the YMCA. She loved her job and all of the staff and members.
Samantha is survived by her husband, Ryan Welter; daughter, Isabella Welter; mother, Sandra Moore; Her 2nd dad, Charlie Strauss; her siblings, Casey (Arik) Brantner, Rustin (Jasmine) Olson, Ron Olson Jr., James Strauss, Cheyenne Moore, and bonus sister Holly Strauss; nieces and nephews, Jeriee, Cody, Caleb, Tyler, Drake, Orion, Hailee, Alijah, Eternity, Ezekiel and Sean, and many Aunts and Uncles, cousins, friends and family.
She is preceded in death by her father, Sam Moore; her maternal grandparents, Herbert and Mary Hickman, and her paternal grandparents Dewey and Phylis Moore.
A special thanks to all that have helped us through this most difficult time.
A service will be held on Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason St, Onalaska, WI 54650. A visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. until the service begins.
To view the recorded service, please follow this link:




  1. Gloria Kubiak

    Loved Sam. She was a light at the Y she did her job with joy and passion. She said Hi to all and put a smile on everyone’s face
    She will be missed

    • Heather

      SAM was the joy of so many of us at the Y. My heart is broken
      as welll as many others. What a tragic loss to her family. Sending hugs and love to her family. ❤

    • Chris Kepler

      I am so sorry for your loss. Sam was such a joy to see each day at the Y. She will be missed.

    • Sue Schettle

      My sincere sympathy to you Isabella, Ryan, Sandra, and all who loved Sam! Sam touched me with her optimism and determination. She worked hard and did an excellent job while still being able to make positive, personal connections with so many people. I will never forget Sam and I pray that the sunshine she brought into our lives will live through each of us!

  2. Janet Steele

    So sorry for your lose, Sandy, Pam and your entire family.
    Janet (Taylor, McCormick)Steele

    • Tami

      Thoughts and prayers to family and friends, so sorry for your loss 🙏🙏🙏

      • Melissa H

        Sam, you were such a ray of light every day for every person you saw at the Y. That light will truly be missed. I feel blessed to have known you. My sincere condolences to your family who you loved so much.

    • Janice Hickman Manery

      Sandy,and family our hearts mourn your loss ,we send love and prayers to you all during this difficult time. The Hickman family in Tennessee.

      • Christie M Robbins

        I’m so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers

    • Liz van de vanter

      ..I miss your smile you already made me laugh and your always know what to say when I was down . You what taken to soon
      Like the song say…I hope your dancing in the sky

  3. Susie

    I’m so sorry Sandy and Pammy, words can not express. Be strong for each other and believe in God above, which I’m sure you don’t right now, but believe. Love you gals a bunch, hold on to one other close. Love Susie and Sandy because right now, Sandy is giving her a big hug.

  4. Barb Weinberger

    Sam will be greatly missed at the Y. She would always greet you with a friendly smile and gave you a warm welcome! I am so very sorry for your loss of a special person! May God surround you with his love and peace.

  5. Patty Herber

    I am so sorry for your loss. Sam was a very special person and she will be missed by so many people

  6. Sue Swackhamer

    Sam, brought a smile to everyone at the Y. She always said “Hi or how is your day going?” I am sending healing prayers to her family during this time.

  7. Carrie L Bergum

    Sam was such a special young woman. Her attitude was always positive and she was willing to always lend a hand. Going the extra mile was her way in everything she did. Sam, you will be terribly missed. Sending warm hugs and lots of prayers for understanding and healing.

  8. Leah

    Going to the Y @ 5am will never be the same without you Sam! How often do you get to know someone just by going to the gym to workout?! She was the highlight to everyone’s morning! Such a wonderful person! We will miss you!

  9. Sandi N

    Sam was a beam of sunshine at the Y, heartfelt greetings for everyone she saw. God bless to all of her family.

  10. Kendall Syverson

    Sam was a beautiful soul and always brightened up the lives of everyone that knew her! Many hugs and prayers to her family and friends.

  11. Tracy

    Sam will forever be missed! Tomorrow morning will be tough as she was looking forward to joining our workout class.. prayers to her entire family as this will not be an easy loss. She is and will always be loved by many. Especially her YMCA family. Rest In Peace beautiful lady. Thanks for always starting our mornings off with a friendly smile! Until we meet again.

  12. Rita miller

    So sorry for your loss pam sandy Ryan and daughter. Rita miller

  13. Karla

    Sams early morning greeting was just the pick up needed for a great work out at the Y. Always happy, always willing to help. My sympathies to the family and friends. She was a joy. She will make an awesome Angel.

  14. Judy Fuchsteiner

    Will always remember her smile, energy and joy. She lit up when she talked of her daughter. We will miss her. Please accept our sympathy.

    Steve and Judy

  15. Jim Page

    Everyday at the Y she went out of her way to say hi and she skyway had a smile on her face. I will miss her.

  16. Colleen LeBlanc

    Sam was one of the most upbeat, cheerful women you’d ever meet. She never complained while going about her job at the Y. She was always quick to help a member out. I can’t imagine the pain her family is going through because I know her friends and co-workers can’t stop thinking of her. She talked freely about her daughter, biking, goals and that trip she took her daughter on to Disneyworld. She is sadly missed. An irreplaceable loss for all. Words just can’t explain or ease this loss of a beautiful soul. My deepest sympathies to her family.

  17. Dave Thomas

    Sam was a wonderful young lady…full of fun. Sam always had a smile on her face and ready for a funny prank with me and others at the Y. We would greet each other with a turkey, “gobble, gobble” while flapping our arms or waving to each other by waving at each other with our fingers under our chin, frequently sneaking up and scaring each other with a, “gobble, gobble”. Sam will be SO missed by me and others at the Y. Sam also had a phenominal work ethic.

  18. Stefani Haar

    The ONLY good thing about going to the Y at 5am was Sam’s light and personality! She always had a smile, a wave and an excited hello. She even helped me get into my locker after the tumbler broke. I was in a towel. We always laughed about her rescuing me from streaking home. She was a superhero with a bolt cutter for sure! Please know she will be thought of and remembered fondly. Our deepest sympathies…
    The Haar family,
    Stef, Pete, Grant, Jay and Corbin

  19. Mary Olson

    Prayers and sympathy for Sam’s family as we all mourn the loss of this beautiful lady. Sam always had a bright smile on her face when you would see her at the Y and was so helpful. She will be missed by many. Rest In Peace Sam and God Bless.

  20. Cassondra Smith

    I was the first person to make Samantha laugh as a small baby….man man Man U will be missed

  21. Pam Rodgers

    Sam was such a bright light! I loved seeing her each morning at the Y. She will be greatly missed! Prayers for her family and her sweet daughter 🙏🏻.

  22. Carl Klubertanz


    It was an honor to have known you. I appreciate your positive attitude and strong work ethic. From the time I first met you, you worked so hard to become a better person and always put the Y and its members first. You will not be forgotten and I will lead by your example.

    Your friend,

  23. Alyce Wehrenberg

    Everyone at the Y loved her for her kind ways and cherry attitude. She was the smile who greeted you when she saw and and the person who kept the place clean and sparkling. We will all miss her and pray that she is in heaven enjoying eternal life with her Savior. Condolences to her family.

  24. Judy Anderson

    I miss her smiling face each morning. My sympathy and prayers for your family.

  25. Kathy Brenengen

    Sammy was a very nice,friendly person, and hard worker, always enjoyed seeing her at the Y, so sorry for your loss, she will be missed by so many. God bless all of the family. all my love, Kathy Brenengen

  26. Linda Pampuch

    The Y will not be the same without Sam there to say “Hi” each day. What a bubbly personality. I loved the exuberant stories she would tell. I”m blessed to have known her. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  27. Nancy Beguin

    The Y lost a beautiful soul. Sam was a bright light and smile who greeted everyone at the Y. She brought us joy just by being Sam. She will be sorely missed. May God grant her eternal rest. Blessings to Isabella, Sam’s beautiful daughter. Peace be with you.

  28. Ed and Deb Pisarik

    My husband and I meet Sam at the ymca. She was always smiling and so upbeat. Always asking how we are doing. When I go to the ymca in onalaska I’m expecting to see Sam walk down the hallway and say… Hi Deb
    How’s Ed tell me I said hi.
    Miss you Sam

  29. Jane and John McWilliams

    Sam, you made so many people smile, such a friendly face at the Y. You could tell there was a lot of love in her family. She was so enthusiastic about her job. An all round lovely person. You will be missed xo

  30. Sara Larkin

    Sam was a ray of light, so sweet and kind. She always welcomed you with a smile. She will be missed greatly! My condolences to the family. God’s blessings to all of you.

  31. Kevin J Seidel

    Sam was awesome! She brightened each Y member’s morning with her outgoing and friendly personality.

  32. Laurie Miller (Moore originally and soon to be Nelson) and Chad Nelson

    Chad and I will miss you always love you and you will be in our prayers. You will be missed deeply. I have always been proud of my family and as a moore originally I know this sentiment is felt by all of us …. “Always and forever, LOVE YOU MOORE! “

  33. Joan Fish

    Sam greeted me in the morning at the Y with a big smile. Even though Sam was busy, she was always upbeat and took the time to be friendly. She made others feel important by her interest in them. She is greatly missed. I send my prayers to Sam and her family along with my deepest sympathies.

  34. Nancy Alens

    It was a joy to see Sam at the Y…a happy, cheerful, smiling young lady. She was always so positive and lifted everyone’s spirits.
    Heaven has a beautiful angel !!
    My deepest sympathy to her family.
    Bless you,

  35. Nelleen Noack

    Condolences and prayers for the family of this wonderful young women I had the opportunity to know at the YMCA. She always had a smile for all and had more energy than the Energizer Bunny. I will miss her along with the other grey-haired folks that frequented the pool. She will be missed.

  36. Dawn Rodriguez

    Samantha was a very kind hearted person with such a beautiful soul. She will be missed by many. Our deepest condolences from Dawn, Rodriguez & family. Beautiful service. All my love. Dawn & Marlene.

  37. Dawn Summerfield

    Sam greeted us each morning at five am with a smile and cheery good morning. She was always kind, a self described extrovert, and always asked how it was going for us. She was always interested in others, yet always moving, doing her job well, helping others. We will miss her greatly,
    Dawn and Kent Summerfield

  38. Becky Misch

    Samantha, your outgoing personality touched so many lives. You had a way of lighting up a room.
    Isabella, my heart breaks for you and your family. I love you kiddo! If you need anything, please reach out!


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