He married Gloria Hernandez on Nov. 24, 1961, in Waukesha. Sam served as a civil servant in San Antonio at both the Lakeland Air Force Base and the Kelly Air Force Base. He worked for many years as a maintenance worker for General Castings. He enjoyed gardening and was a great handyman who was always willing to help others. He will be forever remembered as a hardworking man and a wonderful husband and father.
He will be sadly missed by his wife, Gloria of Waukesha; their children, Rosario Saenz of San Antonio, Julie Ann Saenz Ahmadi of Austin, Texas, Henrietta (Dave) Long of Waukesha, Eleanor (Dale) Solon of Brookfield, Robert (Debra Parker) Saenz of Milwaukee and Christopher Saenz of Waukesha; his grandchildren, Jesse and Danielle Neito of San Antonio, Rodolfo, Michelle and Fouad Flores, Shawn (Rebecca) Al-Bannay and Hady Mawajdeh, all of Austin, Jennifer (Bryan) Williams of Virginia, Ryan, Peter and Samantha Long, all of Waukesha, Shajuan and Marvin May, Josh and Nicole Parker, all of Milwaukee, and Kimberlie and Jordan Saenz of Waukesha; great-grandchildren, Alexandra Flores, Amelia Al-Bannay, Jasmyne Jimenez Long, Evan Williams and Jayden, Jacoby and Bella Parker. He is further survived by his sister, Mary Ramos of Texas; brothers-in-law, Peter (Roxanne) Hernandez of Waukesha, Paul (Diane Hughes) Hernandez of Waukesha and Ray (Karen) Martinez of North Carolina; sisters in-law, Nancy Hernandez and Mary Mendez, both of Waukesha; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his son, Samuel Saenz Jr.; sister, Celia Gallardo; brother, Raymond Saenz; mother-in-law, Jean Hernandez-Martinez; father-in-law, Simon Martinez; brothersin-law, Robert Hernandez, Ben Gallardo and Trino Ramos; and his parents.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Sherry, Theresa, Sue, Heidi and Michelle of Heartland Hospice.
Visitation will be held from 3:30 p.m. until the 6:30 p.m. memorial service Tuesday, Aug. 23, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha.
If desired, memorials are appreciated to Heartland Home Care & Hospice, 1233 N. Mayfair Road, #100, Milwaukee, WI 53226; or to Seasons Hospice, 6737 W. Washington St., #2150, West Allis, WI 53214.
For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go towww.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave the family an online tribute message.