OBITUARY

Emile Samara

July 28, 1938January 7, 2019
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Springfield, IL-Emile Samara, 80, of Springfield, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Monday, January 7, 2019 at 6:40 am at Memorial Hospice at Heritage in Springfield.

He was born in Lebanon. Emile was lovingly married to his wife, Elham, for 36 years.

He is survived by: Elham; three daughters, Zeina (husband Philip Bertulfo) Samara, Sally (husband Brian Hauk) Samara and Kelly Samara, of Chicago, IL; two grandchildren, Nathaniel and Apollo Bertulfo; his sister, Leila Samara; his nephew, Michael Samara and niece, Victoria Samara. His parents and his beloved brother George Samara preceded him in death.

Emile was a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The majority of his career was spent at the State of Illinois Department of Transportation, where he proudly served for 35 years as a highly accomplished civil engineer and the Foundations and Soils Unit Chief. He spent the last few years of his career at Patrick Engineering, Inc. He will be remembered as an admired leader, mentor, and innovator, and for his contributions to the community as a dedicated citizen.

Emile was an avid gardener with a great appreciation for nature. In his younger days, he enjoyed staying active, particularly in tennis and soccer. He was an early member of St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Church. He was known for his hospitality, love of good music, and his sharp sense of style. He was kind and generous, and a genuine friend to many.

Emile will be remembered for his quiet strength and selfless nature. He was a devoted husband and a beloved father, and for this, he will be missed the most.

The Samara family will greet friends and family at a memorial gathering from 9:30 am til 11:15 am on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Bisch and Son Funeral Home 505 E. Allen St. Springfield, IL. A private family service will be held.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may direct memorial contributions to the Springfield Park District Foundation c/o Bunn Park, 2500 South 11th Street, Springfield, IL 62703 or The Arbor Day Foundation 100 Arbor Avenue Nebraska City, NE 68410.

Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at www.bischfuneralhome.com where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.

Arrangements are in the care of Bisch Funeral Home 544-5424.

Services

  • Memorial Gathering Saturday, January 12, 2019
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Emile Samara

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George Tinkham

January 12, 2019

I enjoyed working with Emile and appreciated knowing him. His quiet, thoughtful intellect caused him to be greatly respected at work and in non-work environments. I am fortunate to have known him. My condolences to his family.

Mary von Liski

January 10, 2019

Heartfelt sympathy, caring thoughts, prayers. Wishing the family: a song in your hearts; a rainbow after the rain; sunshine after the clouds; cherished memories; peace.

Perfecto & Milagros Bertulfo

January 9, 2019

My family was blessed to have met and known Emile; his first daughter Zeina is married to our son Philip. We will always remember the warm and genuine hospitality Emile and Elham have provided us. He was witty and had a great sense of humor. We will miss you and your endearing qualities. May you rest in eternal peace.

Sending our heartfelt condolences to Elham & family; our prayers and thoughts are with you in this difficult time. God bless you.

Bill Kramer

January 9, 2019

Emile gave me my first job and was my supervisor and mentor for next 12 years until he retired. He was a blessing to work for, very patient and caring. I send my prays out to his wife and daughters in what I know is a very sad time for them. I know that many others (me included) who knew him are also sad upon hearing the news of his passing.

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Biography

Springfield, IL-Emile Samara, 80, of Springfield, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Monday, January 7, 2019 at 6:40 am at Memorial Hospice at Heritage in Springfield.
He was born in Lebanon. Emile was lovingly married to his wife, Elham, for 36 years.
He is survived by: Elham; three daughters, Zeina (husband Philip Bertulfo) Samara, Sally (husband Brian Hauk) Samara and Kelly Samara, of Chicago, IL; two grandchildren, Nathaniel and Apollo Bertulfo; his sister, Leila Samara; his nephew, Michael Samara and niece, Victoria Samara. His parents and his beloved brother George Samara preceded him in death.
Emile was a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The majority of his career was spent at the State of Illinois Department of Transportation, where he proudly served for 35 years as a highly accomplished civil engineer and the Foundations and Soils Unit Chief. He spent the last few years of his career at Patrick Engineering, Inc. He will be remembered as an admired leader, mentor, and innovator, and for his contributions to the community as a dedicated citizen.
Emile was an avid gardener with a great appreciation for nature. In his younger days, he enjoyed staying active, particularly in tennis and soccer. He was an early member of St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Church. He was known for his hospitality, love of good music, and his sharp sense of style. He was kind and generous, and a genuine friend to many.
Emile will be remembered for his quiet strength and selfless nature. He was a devoted husband and a beloved father, and for this, he will be missed the most.
The Samara family will greet friends and family at a memorial gathering from 9:30 am til 11:15 am on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Bisch and Son Funeral Home 505 E. Allen St. Springfield, IL. A private family service will be held.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may direct memorial contributions to the Springfield Park District Foundation c/o Bunn Park, 2500 South 11th Street, Springfield, IL 62703 or The Arbor Day Foundation 100 Arbor Avenue Nebraska City, NE 68410.
Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at www.bischfuneralhome.com where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.
Arrangements are in the care of Bisch Funeral Home 544-5424.