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Obituary: Nahil I. (Ansara) Zananiri, 94

May 30, 2018 05:47AM ● By Theresa Gilman

Nahil I. (Ansara) Zananiri

Nahil I. (Ansara) Zananiri, 94, of Lowell, matriarch to a well-known Greater Lowell family, passed away Friday morning May 25, 2018, peacefully at home with her loving family by her side. Nahil was the beloved wife of the late Abraham E. Zananiri who died July 7, 1982.

 Born in Jerusalem, March 25, 1924, a daughter of the late Issa and the late Mary (Koutab) Ansara, she received her education while living in Jerusalem. In 1967, Nahil, her husband and children immigrated to the United States from Amman, Jordan, eventually relocating to Lowell, Massachusetts.

 The mother of nine, Nahil was a full-time homemaker whom enjoyed cooking for family and friends, gardening and traveling with her family. However, her greatest joy in life was the time she spent with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who lovingly adored their “Tata”.

 Active with her church, St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Lowell, Nahil was a proud member of the Ladies Society.

 Nahil is the devoted mother of five daughters, Hilda Zananiri of Lowell (whom would pass away later the same day), Nadia Hassey and her husband Donald, Henrietta Zananiri and Rema Lichtenstein and her husband Michael all of Dracut, Rhonda Murray and her husband Gregory of Tyngsboro; three sons, Elias Zananiri and his wife Martha Nelson of York Beach, ME, William Zananiri and his wife Gina of South Berwick, ME and Nabeel Zananiri and Victoria Gatsas of York Beach, ME; nine grandchildren, Sherine Halligan and her husband David, Jennifer Lowe and her husband Matthew, Eric Hassey and his wife Rona, Shaun and Arielle Lichtenstein, Danielle and Michelle Zananiri and Ryan and Tyler Murray; four great grandchildren, Brennan and Emerson Halligan and Eva and Matthew Lowe; a sister Huda Diekmann of Evansville, IN; and many nieces and nephews. Nahil was also the mother of the late Henry Zananiri.

 The family expresses their deep gratitude to Circle Home Health & Hospice Care and Lowell General Hospital for the loving care they gave to Nahil.

 Friends may call at ST. GEORGE ANTIOCHIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH 44 BOWERS ST. in Lowell from 4 to 8 P.M. Thursday. Her Funeral and her daughter Hilda’s Funeral will take place Friday morning at 10 o’clock at the Church followed by their burials at the Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 44 Bowers St., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME (978) – 458-8768.
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