Alexander "Alex" Francis Samas was born on 8 June 1921 in Cook County, Illinois, to Justin Samas and Elizabeth Marie Samas. Both his parents emigrated from Klovainiai, Lithuania, before they married. Perhaps they were related in some way? The year before Alexander was born his father worked as a machinist at a stove company. By 1930 the family, which included at least 10 children, lived in Chicago Heights in a home they owned valued at $3,800. In 1940 they continued to live in Chicago Heights in a home they rented for $26. Alex and a brother contributed to the family income by working as bus boys at a restaurant and their sister worked as a waitress. Alex worked 24 weeks in 1939 and made $230.
Alex joined the Coast Guard during World War II and met Bernice "Bea" Marie Muir at a dance in New York. They married about 1947 and had two daughters.
By 1954 when one of their daughters was born, the family lived in Orange, California. They later moved to Garden Grove and Fullerton, California.
Alex retired as an insurance agent, who worked for State Farm.
He died on 14 July 2012 and was inurned in the Altar Columbarium at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery.
1930 US Federal Census, Census Place: Chicago Heights, Cook, Illinois; Roll: 414; Page: 20B; Enumeration District: 2020; Image: 807.0; FHL microfilm: 2340149
1940 US Federal Census, Census Place: Chicago Heights, Cook, Illinois; Roll: T627_946; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 103-809
Alice (Muir) Jennings Genealogy Notebook, page 21
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Orange County Register, 18 July 2012
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US, Illinois Cook County Birth Certificates Index, 1871-1922, 1921 Samas, Alexander
US, Obituary Collection, 1930-2015, 2012 Samas, Alexander F
US, Phone and Address Directories, 1993-2002, 1997 Samas, Alexander F (Fullerton, CA)
US, Phone and Address Directories, 1993-2002, 1998-2002 Samas, Alexander F (Fullerton, CA)
US, Public Records Index, Volume 1, 1972 Garden Grove, CA (Alexander F Samas)
US, Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014, Issue State: Illinois; Issue Date: Before 1951 (Samas, Al F)