Former Janesville woman, 19, dies in car crash

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Gazette staff
Wednesday, August 21, 2013

CONROE, Texas—A former Janesville woman died when her car went off the road Monday night in the Houston area.

Authorities believe Samantha “Sammi” Folkens, 19, was returning home from work when the accident occurred in Conroe, according to news reports.

Folkens attended Rock River Charter School in Janesville until April 2011, school district records indicate.

Teacher Mary Hathaway said Folkens was a memorable student.

“She had a wonderful sense of humor, a real live wire,” said Hathaway, who learned of the death on a Facebook page set up for former students to keep in touch.

Folkens had moved to Texas, where three of her six siblings live, news reports indicated.

A funeral is set for noon Monday at St. William Catholic Church, Janesville. The visitation will be from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Schneider Apfel Schneider & Schneider Funeral Home & Crematory, Janesville.

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