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Charles Samz, Sr.
Frederick Charles Samz, Sr., 72 years old of Arden, North Carolina passed away unexpectedly Thursday, October 11, 2012.
Fred was born February 4, 1940 in Clintonville, Wisconsin to Charles Samz and Rita Vanderlinden Samz. Fred grew up on the family dairy farm and attended St. Meinrad College in Indiana before joining the Peace Corps in 1963. While with the Peace Corps in Tunisia, Africa, Fred met and married Sandra Leone Harrison Samz. Upon returning to the United States, he worked for Pella Window and Door Company for many years. In later life, Fred worked in a variety of construction related companies. His hobbies in retirement were building adirondack chairs, fishing with his friend Lance Mulvihill, and traveling to see grandkids. He was a life long Greenbay Packers fan and throughout his life never met a stranger. Among his many friends, he particularly valued those he made while in the Peace Corps. Fred had served as junior warden at Calvary Episcopal Church in Fletcher, North Carolina.
Fred is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sandra Harrison Samz; and three sons, Frederick Charles Samz, Jr. (Peggy) of Wilmington, North Carolina, Jeffrey Howard Samz (Jill) of Brentwood, Tennessee, and David Michael Samz of Arden, North Carolina. He is survived by five grandchildren: Chase, Ellen, and Kelly Samz of Wilmington; Paige and Riley Samz of Brentwood. He is survived by two brothers, Jim and Mike Samz, and a sister, Mary Milbauer, all of Wisconsin.
A memorial service for Fred will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday October 15, 2012 in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian. The family will receive friends following the service. A memorial register is available at grocefuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity 30 Meadow Road Asheville, NC 28803.
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Oct. 14, 2012