Elaine M. Sams
PLEASANT PRAIRIE, WI – Elaine M. Sams, 73, of Pleasant Prairie, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family after losing her battle with cancer Thursday, November 23, 2017 at her residence.
She was born on September 20, 1944 to the late Jalmer and Tyne (Savola) Rukkila in Marquette, MI. She was educated at Trenary High School in Trenary, MI
On May 2, 1987 she married Kenneth Sams in Waukegan. He preceded her in death on April 22, 2015.
Elaine was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Munising, MI.
Elaine loved quilting and spending time with family and friends.
Elaine is survived by her loving children Sherry (Jeremy) Schwarz of Kenosha, Jean Ramirez of Waukegan, George (Brandy Green) of Beach Park, IL and Robyn (Rob) Moeller of Salem, her grandchildren April, Jenny, Michelle, Sara, Staci, Matthew, Alyssa, Sean, Paul, Bryanna, Alan, Delainey and Braedon, her 11 great grandchildren, her stepchildren Cynthia (John) Sams-Fedorik of Schaumburg, IL, Kraig (Jessica) Sams of Crystal Lake, IL, Rebecca (Thomas) Sams-Van’t Hof of LaPorte, IN, Sarah (Patrick) Cansler, Michael Sams of Crystal Lake, IL, Matthew Sams of Mundelein, IL and Leah (Chris) Sams-Pibolis of Wauconda, IL, her 11 stepgrandchildren, her three step great grandchildren, her siblings Marlene Girard of WA, Alan (Marilyn) Rukkila of MI, Diane Minge of WI, Patsy Hunstead of WA, Linda Reynolds of MI and Joann (David) Valley of WI.
She was preceded in death by a brother Richard Rukkila of WA and stepgranddaughter Samantha Hansen of IL.
A Memorial Service for Elaine will be held on Wednesday, November 29th at 6:00 p.m. at the Bruch Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until the time of service.