Sam Rostum

September 22, 1936June 1, 2018
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Samad "Sam" P Rostum, age 81, of Saint Louis, Missouri passed away on Friday June 1, 2018. Sam was born September 22, 1936 in Kabul, Afghanistan to Zahra Motawakel and Mohamed Rostam Motawakel.

Sam is survived by his wife of 40 years, Dena Rostum; daughter Ahfeza (Nick) Ellison; daughter Azeza (Sean) Tessereau; and daughter Shareen (Joe) Phillips; grandson Preston Ocello, granddaughter Leona Ellison and grandson Maxwell Tessereau. He was preceded in death by; father Mohamed Rostam Motawakel, mother Zahra Motawakel and several brothers and sisters.

Sam came to America on a full scholarship to attend Parks College in his twenties. After attending Parks College he went home to Afghanistan to fulfill his military obligation. Later he came back to America and began studies at Washington University in Saint Louis where he graduated with a degree in electrical engineering. He worked as a consultant throughout his career and taught for Saint Louis Public Schools in the Technical and Vocational Program. In time he met Dena at a Baptist Singles Group and the rest is history.

Sam was a man of many talents and interests. Aside from all his technical interests, Sam enjoyed reading and writing poetry, he enjoyed painting and was constantly journaling. His pride and joy was his family especially his daughters and his grandchildren.

A visitation for Sam will be held Monday, June 4, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Hoffmeister South County Chapel, 1515 Lemay Ferry Road, St. Louis, MO 63125. A second visitation will occur Tuesday, June 5, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM, in the funeral home chapel. The funeral service will follow the second visitation at 1:30 PM. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Contributions honoring Sam may be made to a college fund being established for his grandson Preston Ocello. Contributions should be made out to Dena Rostum College Fund c/o Bank of America, 10230 Watson Rd., Sunset Hills MO 63127.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Rostum family.


  • Mohamed Rostam Motawakel, Father
  • Zahra Motawakel, Mother
  • Dena Rostum, Wife
  • Ahfeza (Nick) Ellison, Daughter
  • Azeza (Sean) Tessereau, Daughter
  • Shareen (Joe) Phillips, Daughter
  • Preston Ocello, Grandson
  • Leona Ellison, Granddaughter
  • Maxwell Tessereau, Grandson

  • Dena Rostum College Fund


  • Visitation Monday, June 4, 2018
  • Visitation Tuesday, June 5, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, June 5, 2018
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Sam Rostum

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Homa Puga

June 4, 2018

Dear Dena and family ,
Our prayers are with you and your family .
From Rahima Azimi (Sister) and children.

Shannon Leon

June 2, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. I remember your father is being such a nice man. I will never forget the time I went on vacation with your family, got lost on the way there, and we rented a boat, that was an adventure!

Mary Halbrook

June 2, 2018

I give my deepest sympathy to Dena and the family. I remember Sam as a very nice and kind man. I will always remember Sam's telling some of us about the way he studied when he was a child. He told us he would sit on the rooftop and read by the moonlight. What an example for American students! In Christian love, Mary Halbrook

Katye Dover

June 2, 2018

I will always treasure my Uncle Sam's prayers at family dinners and his hugs. He was an amazing man.