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Emile Samara


1938 - 2019 Obituary Condolences
Emile Samara Obituary
Emile Samara 1938 - 2019
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 will also 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.
Published in Print in The State Journal-Register from Jan. 10 to Jan. 11, 2019
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