Private Family Funeral Service:
Thursday, December 17, 2020, 2:00pm
Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation
Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville, PA
Rev. June Boutwell, officiating
Pastor of Zion's Reformed United Church of Christ
Burial will be in St. Michael Cemetery, Greenville, PA
With profound sadness we announce the passing of F. Sam Alexander, our loving and devoted father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend to the many many lives that he touched.
Sam died suddenly at home on Sunday, December 13th, 2020. He turned 83 years old in April. Other than being with his family members that he cherished so much, or on the golf course looking for his next eagle, Sam died exactly where he wanted to: in his family home that he built in 1969.
Sam was born in Wilkensburg Hospital outside of Pittsburgh in April of 1937 to Foster and Agnes Preler Alexander. Unbenounced to Agnes at the time of delivery, Sam was a twin. Sam’s twin, Evelyn Arndt, survives with her children and grandchildren in Carnegie, Pennsylvania. Sam graduated from Langley High School in 1954 where he loved and excelled in sports, cars, got good grades, and grew into the outstanding good man that we all knew him to be for the rest of his life.
Sam graduated from Thiel College in 1958. He was still an active Delta Sigma Phi fraternity member. Sam continued his education with two master’s degrees from Duquesne University.
It was one night at the former Pizza Shed in Greenville when he laid eyes on the beautiful Roseann Ucchino. Sam was charming, a sharp dresser, a great dancer, and of course, a good man. He won her over and they were married for 49 years until her death. Surviving are their three children and their families: Kelly Alexander, her husband, Mark Lyle, and their two daughters Samantha and Mackenzie, all of Princeton, New Jersey. Dr. Andrew Alexander, his wife Susie Stanley Alexander, and their three daughters, Amelia, Lana and Ava of Tampa, Florida, and Dr. Maribeth A. Martel, her husband Joseph, and their two boys, Anthony and Dominic, all of Tampa, Florida.
Sam spent the majority of his career in Greenville, Pennsylvania as a guidance counselor where he positively impacted the lives of the many students he cared about and coached. Above all, he was a very proud father and grandfather. His family meant everything to him, and he meant everything to his family. Anyone who has stopped to chat with him at the Greenville Walmart, (one of his favorite places to socialize) has undoubtedly seen the pictures of his family in his wallet that he was never without. He was a passionate Notre Dame fan, having commented that much of his painting and wallpapering money he earned on the side went to the school for his son’s tuition. It was a common site to see Sam wearing his Notre Dame jacket and baseball cap at the little league fields at Riverside Park where he followed the kids’ baseball careers the whole way to college.
The family would like to thank the great people of Greenville, Pennsylvania for surrounding Sam with friendship and love for all of these years. Sam was a man of strong faith. He had an exceptionally full, happy, and successful life, very much full of love.
In lieu of flowers, it is requested that a donation be made to the Greenville Lion’s Club 129 Woodshire Rd. Greenville, PA 16125 if you choose to do so. A party to properly celebrate Sam’s life will be planned post Covid.
It comes with deep sadness with the passing of Sam he always had a ready smile and a heartfelt Greeting when ever he would see me out any were we might be. I’m Sending prayers for the Lord to bring each of you Peace at this time.
There isn’t much more I can say about my dear friend Sam that I have not already expressed. Every time I saw him, he made me smile and he always spoke of his family with joy. He was a gentle, caring, loving individual and truly a man of great character. He made a difference for so many. My memories go way back to the days of walking into his offcie and chatting with Mr. Kiser, Mrs. Fisher and himself any opportunity I had and continue to the present day. He would hang out with us each year at our Relay for Life campsite and would draw our annual ticket for any raffles we had. He stayed in touch with facebook and left me with such kind words when we spoke of my daughter, her issues, and her death. My husband saw him a week ago at the gym and they always had a talk much about anything and everything. He was proud of himself for still “getting out” and doing his thing. Sam left a mark on me, one that makes me smile and full of love when I think of him. It was just his nature. May your family be covered in peace and love with all of the many memories you have to share together. Me dear friend Sam will not be forgotten, he will be missed. Love, Natalie and family
So sad , my prayers are with you all. Rest in Peace Sam
Sending our love and deepest condolences to you all. What a wonderful man, a wonderful family and a fitting tribute.
The Brileys, London UK.
I had the pleasure of getting to know Sam during his many visits to Tampa. He was a great conversationalist and I always learned something interesting after one of our chats. His kindness to me and my family will not be forgotten. Sam will be missed.
Bob and I were so sad to hear about Sam’s untimely death . Sam, Fred Kiser and I worked together for many years and losing Sam feels like losing a family member.
Our love and sympathy to Mary Beth, Kelly, and Andrew. Your Dad was so very proud of his family and quick to show his pride by sharing photos. We will also miss
seeing him at Zions Church where he was a faithful member. Rest in Peace Sam.
Bety and Bob Fischer
Man! What a loss of a sweet, loving, happy guy who always had a nice thing to say about anything he knew about a person! Always a ray of sunshine when meeting up with him at Walmart ! I was honored to know him (and your dear Mom, as well)! He will be missed…sorry for the loss of your sweet Dad.. . Roar, Lions, Roar..
As a dedicated guidance counselor, Mr. Alexander always encouraged me to pursue my love of music while I was a student at Greenville Senior High School. He instilled a deep motivation in me to succeed and to go for my dream. Even recently, he left the same kind of encouraging comments on my Facebook page with love and care. He was a special and unique individual who reflected the love of Jesus in everything that he did. I extend my deepest sympathy to his family. His presence will be sadly missed. Rest in peace Mr. Alexander!
Big Sam. He became a second father to me from the moment I met him in the mid-1980s. He “let” Andrew and I take his car to Toronto for fall break 1986 (thanks, Rosie), cheer-cheered for old Notre Dame harder than we even did during our time in South Bend (which says something), and always, always had words of wisdom to share. He did things the right way and was, above all else, a man of family and integrity.
Sam loved his kids and grandkids more than life itself. I’m sure he and Rosie are looking down and smiling at the amazing people they turned loose in this crazy world. And if you have any influence up there, Big Sam, you know we’re playing Clemson again Saturday. And the playoffs are coming. 🙂
You played like a champion every day. And we’re all better for it. Much love to you and the fam.
I will miss seeing Sam out and about, he always commented on facebook about my family, he always made me smile, I would love visiting with him at the winery as we listened to the music on beautiful summer days , he was a great guy for sure!!
Sam not only was a dear friend however he was also a relative.
I remember Sam from so many memories that it’s difficult to single any “one” out without skipping dozens.
Sam was a professional man at everything he did, however his smile, gleam & compassion shined through everything above all.
He was a man who’d spend time with you, enjoying every conversation that you’d throw his way & when the conversation was over you’d turn, walk away still smiling.
I’ll miss Sam, & whenever I visited Greenville, I could always find him either at the library or at one of the many ball fields & gymnasiums around the community.
His legacy will always remain fresh in my mind, always counting on his support and guidance.
Many lifetime memories, gratitude & love.
Greenville and Thiel will never be the same for Dawn and I without Sam. What dear friends Sam and Roseann were to us. How we will miss Sam as we have Roseann. Please accept our deepest sympathy to you Alexanders.
Don and Dawn Seagren
Sam was a wonderful human being. He loved abundantly and was abundantly loved. He will be dearly missed. Thank you for having the livestream service.
Andy, Kelly, and Mary Beth – I am so sorry for your loss. It’s hard for me to say how much your Mom and Dad meant to my wife and me through all the years. I’ll never forget the trips, parties, going to each other’s houses and spending so much time together. It was more like family than just friends. They were both kind, generous, and giving people. Memories are all that’s left to us and I’ll cherish the memory of your parents forever. I hope to see you guys when we get through this awful pandemic.
I’m so sorry for your loss. Your dad will truly be missed. I enjoyed seeing him in church every Sunday and being greeted with his warm smile and big hug! I have fond memories of both your parents and what a wonderful couple they were. They were good friends of my parents and they will miss your dad and the fun times they shared. May your memories help you in this time of sorrow.
With deepest sympathy – Karen
RIP our long time friend . Our families share great memories in our ‘second home town’ of Greenville . Sam and Roseann were great friends , mentors and neighbors whom we have shared many fond memories for many years . Our very best to the family during these difficult days .
I lived with Sam at the delta sig house at Thiel–we shared some wonderful times-Sam remained a friend for these years-he never seemed to change always that good looking genial
guy a pleasure to be with or hear from–Connie and I extend condolences to his wonderful family–most of all we trust that once again Sam and Roseann are reunited to share eternity together
Paul and Connie Boucek
I was sad to hear of your dad’s passing. He was such a sweet and kind man. I came to know him well when I spent time with your grandmother, Amelia. Sam would come visit us most mornings, sometimes read the newspaper, then run some errands and frequently join us for lunch later. Afterward, I would usually see him at Walmart and catch up on the “family”. He always had a smile. Please accept my sympathies.
All of these wonderful comments about our Dad. Thank you. Kelly , Andrew, and Maribeth.