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Larry Victor Samela

Born: Fri., Oct. 16, 1942
Died: Thu., Apr. 9, 2020

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Larry Victor Samela, age 77, of Chicago, Illinois, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 9, 2020, at Weiss Memorial Hospital.  Larry is survived by his siblings Ken and Vicky, his nephew Marcus, his niece Tina, and his great-nephew Colton, who he proudly referred to as "The Little Man". He is preceded in death by his beloved mother, Agnes nee Renner and his cherished father Joseph.  He had many cousins and extended family members and friends that will all miss him dearly.

Larry drove a taxi in Chicago for many years, "learning the many twists and turns of Chicago streets" (in his own words).  He loved music and was a jazz enthusiast.  He enjoyed gambling occasionally (remembering his wins and forgetting his losses).

Larry had many sisters and brothers that he met through Alcoholics Anonymous.  Larry did not have a drink since October 19, 1984, almost 36 years!  This was his "rebirthday"!  He started a Bible Study group at Plum Creek Assisted Living to share his blessings with others.  His poetry and prose allowed his spirituality and inner-most thoughts to reveal the true person that he had become.

Larry truly loved his family and friends and will be missed and remembered by all. His family invites you to visit the "Condolences" and "Photos" sections of this memorial to leave a message or memory or to upload a photograph. 

In Larry's own words:

I strongly believe the Lord sent me His blessing in his message to me:

"You are going down the right path MY SON!"  He has arrived.

*Poems and Letters written by Larry Samela*

October 16, 1942 - April 9, 2020

My Truly Saintly Mother 

If I could give her diamonds for each tear she cried for me, If I could give her pearls for every act of love and kindness she humbly shared with me. If I could give her sapphires for every word of truth and honesty she spoke to me. This would truly be a Treasure that would reach far beyond the heavens. But these earthly treasures would pale in comparison to the endless love, kindness, and forgiveness that she so richly bestowed on her once very selfish son! These words will never, never express how truly blessed I was to have her as "My Dearest Mother"... Agnes Samela.

Love, Larry Samela (2002) Oldest Son


The following was written by Larry when he was at Barton Senior Home, Room 407:

     For many years, I drove a cab in Chicago.  When I began, I wasn't that familiar with Chicago Streets.  So occasionally, I would make the wrong or drive down the wrong street to the distress of my passengers! (The meter was ticking.) But, within time, I learned by paying very close attention to the many twists and turns of Chicago streets!  But, because of my heavy alcohol drinking, I was constantly driving down Alcohol Ave!  But thanks to my Brothers and Sisters in AA, and most of all our Dear Lord's guidance, protection, love, I never had an accident.  I have not had a drink since 10/19/84. I strongly believe the Lord sent me His blessing in his message to me:  "You are going down the right path, MY SON!"


Two Lovely Ladies - Vicky and Tina

     My heart and soul truly open up at the sight of our two lovely and soulful ladies! They are both inspired and reflection of their saintly mother and grandmother, Agnes Renner Samela!  The kindest, most loving human being any of us will every know. Your coming out to visit with me truly brings the memory of St. Agnes clearly to my mind! So once again, my deepest thanks for your heart-felt visit!

All my love,

Your Brother and Uncle Larry


Dear Lord

     Dear Lord, As you welcome me into your fold as the man I am hopefully becoming under your never-ending love, guidance and protection, please accept my deepest thanks for Your Divine Love and Kindness. And now my Dear Lord, please inspire me to welcome and accept all my Brothers and Sisters, regardless of their race or cultural background. Allow your Loving Son to express always your Divine Love to all in His life.

My Deepest Thanks,

Larry Samela - YOUR LOVING SON


The following was written by Larry while at Symphony of Lincoln Park Senior Home:

     Dear Lord, Let me not jump to conclusions about other people. Free me from prejudice and not to stereotype others. Help me appreciate all the God-given ways of looking at Life, But most of all, Dear Lord, Constantly remind me that others have equally valid a view as mine! Praise the Lord!

Larry S.


Larry's Letter to Brother Ken (2018):

     It was totally wonderful talking to you not long ago!  It truly seems that you have been so successful in all of your life's pursuits... Mom and Dad would be so proud of you!  But they always were!  As I am!  I've written some thoughts I've had about how I have arrived at doing my best to live a peaceful, constructivem and most important SOBER LIFE.  It's been over 34 years since my last drink. Give my love to your wonderful family - especially our outstanding LITTLE MAN!

Your Brother Larry


The Power and Joy of Love

     I believe Love will truly rejoice in being completely open and honest with ourselves and each other! It will only die with sinful, unrighteous behavior.  It is said we must hate the sin, but love the sinner! That is what our Lord Jesus requires of us.  Easier said than done, right?  But with our Dear Lord Jesus never-ending Love and Guidance, we can all be transformed into faithful, obedient, loving Christian men and women!  For I truly believe our dear beloved Lord loves us all without conditions! Praise our Lord Jesus.



     True love conquers all, a phrase I've heard many times!  And I've come to believe thru personal experience, it can and does unite those very strong, endearing feelings of deep affection we have for someone.  Feeling that over time may be called LOVE And, if practiced with complete honesty, we can transmit this God-given "love" to our families and all those near and dear to our hearts! Praise the Lord!

(Written by Larry S., Apt. #509)

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