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Sami Haddad passed away Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, at age 90. Sami was a longtime resident of Las Cruces. He was born in Barchine, Syria, on Dec. 5, 1920. He was the eldest son of Sirhan and Regina (Nasser).
During World War II he was placed under house arrest then later sent to a French concentration camp. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1947 and eventually came to El Paso where he met his wife, Laila, and they were married in Las Cruces on Dec. 18, 1947.
They lived in El Paso for many years where Sami owned the Eagle Cafe and where five children were born: Sheri Lorenzo (John), of Las Cruces; Marwan Haddad; Susie Stewart (Billy), of Nashville, Tenn.; Rocky (Gene) Galassini, of La Luz; and Dee Marshall, of Las Cruces.
Sami moved the family to Las Cruces in 1965 where he bought and operated the Casa Luna Restaurant for many years until he retired in 2000.
Sami came to this country an immigrant with a few dollars in his pocket, worked hard, was productive and on Feb. 16, 1995, Sami became a United States citizen.
Laila preceded him in death in 1989. His parents and siblings Husni, Victoria, Mounira and Salem also preceded him in death. Sami has 10 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Sami is also survived by two sisters, Najet (Syria) and Virginie (France); a brother, Mounir (Syria); and many nieces and nephews. Sami loved his family and although he was oceans away from them they were always in his heart.
The family is honoring his wishes by cremation and no services. The family has planned a private gathering to celebrate his life. Should friends desire to keep his memory alive the family asks that a donation be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital in his name.
Arrangements are by Getz Funeral Home and Getz Family Crematory, corner of Solano and Bowman Avenue, Las Cruces, (575) 526-2419. To sign the local online guest book go to www.GetzCares.com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Oct. 3 to Nov. 3, 2011
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