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Dr. Samson Kossivi Kpadenou

Rochester, Michigan

July 28, 1940 - July 6, 2024

Dr. Samson Kossivi Kpadenou Obituary

Samson K. Kpadenou, M.D. of Rochester Hills, passed away peacefully July 6, 2024. Kpadenou was born in Lomé, Togo, West Africa in 1940 to his parents Gabriel and Paulette. He left this earth after achieving 83 years of kindness, generosity, success, and happiness.


Attending Georgetown University, Samson learned English as a second language, while attending pre-med classes. Samson attended the University of Southern California, earning a BA Psychology. At the University of Michigan, Samson earned a Master of Public Health, Health Education. Samson received a Doctor of Medicine degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine and in 1980 he established Rochester Lifestyle and Health Center, an Internal Medicine practice with a concentration on total wellness and helpful lifestyle changes in treatment of diabetes, obesity, and other chronic conditions. Samson trained hundreds of medical residents and took care of thousands of patients, whose gratitude and respect has endured over time.


Samson loved to dance. He was Candy McKenzie’s very first student back in 1976, they were dance partners for over 40 years. Samson started competing in ballroom dance and traveled across the U.S.A. winning many awards. In 2015, Samson is quoted as saying, “The most powerful thing was when Kathy (a cancer survivor whose health was managed by Samson) had the courage to ask me to dance (with her at Dancing with the Survivors fundraising evening banquet), I knew she was getting better.” Samson recently stated to Candy, he wanted to regain his health and compete again.


Dr. Kpadenou was a devoted father to his two children. Following the end of his first marriage to Ethelene Jones (1973-1976), he embarked on an extended trip to his birthplace in Togo in the late 1970s to visit his ailing father. Upon returning to the United States, he assumed primary custody of his eldest son, LeBeau, raising him largely as a single father from the age of 5.

In 1993, Dr. Kpadenou married Charlotte Washington, and they welcomed their daughter, Desiree. When Samson and Charlotte separated during Desiree's teenage years, he once again took a leading role in his child's life, sharing equal custody with his ex-wife.

Throughout their adult lives, Dr. Kpadenou remained a powerful mentor and source of strength for both his children, a role he maintained until his final day.


Samson was a parishioner at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church and continued to find comfort in and through Jesus. If you had the pleasure of sitting near him during mass, you realized his talent for dance didn’t necessarily transfer to singing. Samson enjoyed singing the psalms and the Divine Mercy Chaplet as loud as he could, and it was beautiful to witness. Samson would say “Jesus is everywhere and in everything, God is good.”


Visitation at the Potere-Modetz Funeral Home, 339 Walnut Blvd., Rochester on Friday, July 12th from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a

 6 p.m. sharing time.


Visitation is at 9:15am and Funeral services will be held at 10am, Saturday, July 13 at Saint Andrew’s Catholic Church, 1400 Inglewood Avenue, Rochester MI 48307



To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Dr. Samson Kossivi Kpadenou hosted by Modetz Funeral Homes.

Samson K. Kpadenou, M.D. of Rochester Hills, passed away peacefully July 6, 2024. Kpadenou was born in Lomé, Togo, West Africa in 1940 to his parents Gabriel and Paulette. He left this earth after achieving 83 years of kindness, generosity, success, and happiness.


Attending Georgetown University, Samson learned English as a second language, while attending pre-med classes. Samson attended the University of Southern California, earning a BA Psychology. At the University of Michigan, Samson earned a Master of Public Health, Health Education. Samson received a Doctor of Medicine degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine and in 1980 he established Rochester Lifestyle and Health Center, an Internal Medicine practice with a concentration on total wellness and helpful lifestyle changes in treatment of diabetes, obesity, and other chronic conditions. Samson trained hundreds of medical residents and took care of thousands of patients, whose gratitude and respect has endured over time.


Samson loved to dance. He was Candy McKenzie’s very first student back in 1976, they were dance partners for over 40 years. Samson started competing in ballroom dance and traveled across the U.S.A. winning many awards. In 2015, Samson is quoted as saying, “The most powerful thing was when Kathy (a cancer survivor whose health was managed by Samson) had the courage to ask me to dance (with her at Dancing with the Survivors fundraising evening banquet), I knew she was getting better.” Samson recently stated to Candy, he wanted to regain his health and compete again.


Dr. Kpadenou was a devoted father to his two children. Following the end of his first marriage to Ethelene Jones (1973-1976), he embarked on an extended trip to his birthplace in Togo in the late 1970s to visit his ailing father. Upon returning to the United States, he assumed primary custody of his eldest son, LeBeau, raising him largely as a single father from the age of 5.

In 1993, Dr. Kpadenou married Charlotte Washington, and they welcomed their daughter, Desiree. When Samson and Charlotte separated during Desiree's teenage years, he once again took a leading role in his child's life, sharing equal custody with his ex-wife.

Throughout their adult lives, Dr. Kpadenou remained a powerful mentor and source of strength for both his children, a role he maintained until his final day.


Samson was a parishioner at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church and continued to find comfort in and through Jesus. If you had the pleasure of sitting near him during mass, you realized his talent for dance didn’t necessarily transfer to singing. Samson enjoyed singing the psalms and the Divine Mercy Chaplet as loud as he could, and it was beautiful to witness. Samson would say “Jesus is everywhere and in everything, God is good.”


Visitation at the Potere-Modetz Funeral Home, 339 Walnut Blvd., Rochester on Friday, July 12th from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a

 6 p.m. sharing time.


Visitation is at 9:15am and Funeral services will be held at 10am, Saturday, July 13 at Saint Andrew’s Catholic Church, 1400 Inglewood Avenue, Rochester MI 48307



To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Dr. Samson Kossivi Kpadenou hosted by Modetz Funeral Homes.

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