Theodore D. “Ted” Samra, Sr.

Lansing, MI

The sun rose on February 7, 1930, and set on August 29, 2019.

Ted was a kind and gentle man who did not know the word “No.” He always had a smile on his face and was always ready to help.

Ted leaves to cherish his memory: his wife, Ina Esther; daughter, Marianne Hidlay; son, Ted, Jr. (Tammy); grandchildren, Kim (Ian) Slaven, Dan (Emily) Hidlay, Kara Ann Hidlay, Madalyn Louise Samra, and Teddy George Samra; and two very special great-grandchildren, Sidney Elaine Slaven and Nora Grace Hidlay.

Ted owned and operated Crawford Door Co. until his retirement. He took up woodworking and working with stained glass as some of his many hobbies.

He loved his church and took pleasure in helping out in whatever he was asked to do. Ted gave so much of his time. He volunteered with the Optimist Club, Sparrow Hospital, and Kiwanis Club, just to name a few. He was also proud to be a member of AHEPA (American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association), and his dinner group, Twofers, knowing most for over 45 years.

He will truly be missed by all who knew him.

The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 2, 2019, at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1701 E. Saginaw St., Lansing, with Fr. Mark Sietsema, Ph.D. officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. His family will receive friends and relatives from 4-8 p.m. on Sunday, September 1st, with a 7:30 p.m. Trisagion service, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to his church or a charity of one’s choice.

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Mary Jo Stacks
August 29, 2019 at 5:44 pm

Dear Samra Family, please accept our deepest sympathy. We loved Ted as part of our extended family, he can not be replaced in our hearts. Sending love to all of you at this very sad time
Fred & Mary Jo Stacks

Father James K. Graham
August 29, 2019 at 9:11 pm

Dear Ina and Family–Ted was a wonderful friend of St Joseph Church and to me. I loved his sense of humor, his positive attitude, and his strong faith. May God comfort you at this very painful time. May God have mercy on his soul and grant him rest with the saints. May his memory be eternal!
Father James K. Graham
St Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church

Ernest and Julia Ortegon
August 30, 2019 at 11:38 am

Dear Ina and family I’m so sorry to hear the death of Ted he was a good man and will dearly be missed your all in our prayers God bless.

Frances and Pete Katsiris
August 31, 2019 at 9:48 am

My dearest Ina and family-my heartfelt and sincerest sympathy and love for your loss. Red was truly one who lived his faith. I have and will continue to think of him often as a gracious caring and loving gentleman. You are all in my prayers.

Sandra Stringer Bradford Tennessee
August 31, 2019 at 12:41 pm

I am so sorry for you loss. Your family will be in my Prayers..

Presvytera Alexandra Poulos
August 31, 2019 at 3:37 pm

May his memory be eternal! May God comfort you all. I have the fondest memories of Ted. He will be missed by many!

Carrie A Brady
September 4, 2019 at 5:53 pm

Ted, Tammy, & Family,

My deepest condolences and prayers for your loss. I am sorry to hear of this passing, and I pray God will bless you with much love, peace, and support. Let me know if you need anything.


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