Madlien Khami, Mother of ten Children and wife of David Khami
Born July 15, 1927 – Passed away, June 2, 2019.
Our Mother was a Class Lady filled with charity and solid faith in God. Mom died in her sleep, in her bed and in her home – with dignity and courage. Madlien Khami is survived by her ten children-- Michael, James, John, Irene, Roger, Diane, Carol, Theresa, Christine, Robert, along with 16 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Hanni (Denha) Seman, known as Nana to her family, was born in TalKeppe, Iraq in 1925. She was the second oldest of seven children born to Mansour and Jamila Denha. Her brother Thomas passed away in 2011 and her younger brother Sabri passed in 2002. She is survived by her older brother Yousif and sisters Julie, Najiba and Samira. In 1938, she married Jahad Seman and they had 12 children, 9 surviving: Mary, Najib, Basim, Basima, John, Peter, Lamia, Mike and Ann. Jahad passed away in 1997. The two had 38 grandchildren and 48 great grandchildren. They lived in the same Southfield home for more than 50 years where family and friends were always welcome. Her front door was a revolving one - open to all who came over for fellowship and a meal.
Hanni Seman was also a businesswoman. She owned and operated businesses both in Iraq and America. She emigrated to the United States in 1965 not knowing how to read and write, and barely spoke the English language. However, her tenacity and work ethic made her not only a survival but a success story. The family owned a liquor store in Detroit and owned a restaurant where Hanni cooked and served customers.
She had many wonderful memories including a trip to the Holy Land with her late husband.
She experienced back problems that caused her to use a walker. The last few month she had mini strokes and her memory started to suffer. However, she lived an into her 90s seeing her children and many grandchildren marry and have kids of their own.
On behalf of the Attisha family, we lost a servant of God, an uncle, a passionate apostle of the church, when Father Yousif Attisha passed on Sunday, June 2, 2019.
He was born in the Telkaif, Iraq, on June 27, 1929, and when others dreamed of marriage and starting a family, Yousif dreamed of his true calling and entered the seminary in Mosul in 1944. He was ordained a priest in 1954 in Mosul, and was assigned to his first church in Basra from 1954-56. Later, he returned to Baghdad where he was a pastor at Mother of All Sorrows.
In 1959, he had a spiritual calling and travelled to the Dominican headquarters in France and took an oath to become a Dominican Monk adhering to a life of poverty, chastity, and obedience. He studied theology and philosophy, and fluently spoke Arabic, Aramaic, English, French, and Latin.
He was passionate about his duties as a priest and focused time recruiting and educating the next generation of Dominican seminary students. He was an avid teacher (Babel University), writer, and scholar, publishing articles for five different religious newspapers. In his career, he authored more than a dozen books on Jesus, the church, and education for the preparation of Holy Communion.
Through the generosity of Chaldeans from extended family both Detroit and San Diego, he was able to help thousands of struggling Iraqi Christians during difficult times. In 2015, after the strain of ISIS encroaching into the Nineveh plains and with deteriorating health, he retired to a convalescent home for the religious order in Paris.
He lived by the pillars of the Dominican life: poverty, chastity and obedience, and he added to those no hatred, no jealousy, and equal brotherhood.
May God shower him with his mercy and eternal love.
March 14, 1940 – June 15, 2019
God will love you and be with you, until we meet again someday. We love you and miss you dearly. Rest in peace. Love your wife, Fatin, kids Brigitte, Khaled, Dena, Lurr and grandchild Christian.
November 1, 1933 - April 4, 2019
God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be,
So he put his arms around you and whispered "come live with me".
With tearful eyes, we watched you suffer and fading away,
Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating, your hard-working hands put to rest,
God broke our hearts to prove to us that he only takes the best.
God will love you and be with you, until we meet again someday.
– Love, Your Wife Almas, kids Doraid and Rafed, and grandchildren + great grandchildren
Fallen Chaldean officer deemed an American hero
By Vanessa Denha Garmo
Less than two years after joining the Detroit Police Department and weeks after he was married, Detroit Officer Fadi Shukur died following a hit and run incident while on duty.
Family and friends gathered to mourn his loss and celebrate his life at St. George Chaldean Catholic Church last month. Fr. Matthew Zetouna presided over his funeral service.
More than 1,600 mourners packed into St. George Chaldean Catholic Church for a requiem mass.
Men and women from not only the eighth precinct -where he was as- signed — attended but officers from various precincts paid their respects.
“He was an American hero who served with distinction,” said Police Chief James Craig.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan directed special comments to Shukur’s widow, Nadeen Maroof Shukur; they married on June 29.
“He would say ‘I’m a lucky man, I got to marry my best friend,’” Duggan said. “His
other partners would try to get him to stop somewhere for lunch during their shift and he always said ‘no’ because you packed him a lunch, which was back in the refrigerator at
“The Great Eight” Precinct, where he was known for a contagious smile that “would light up a room,” said Duggan.
Duggan said Shukur’s gentle side didn’t go unnoticed. He and another officer helped a woman who was distraught because her daughter hadn’t returned home, leaving her to care for a grandchild without a change of clothing or diapers.
The officers went to a Meijer, picked up two baby outfits and diapers and took them to the woman.
“The people of Detroit will never forget Fadi Shukur -- God bless you,” Duggan told Shukur’s family, seated a few feet away in the church.
The mass included traditional Scottish bagpipes provided by the Metro Detroit Pipe and Drum Corps; the St. George choir that sang “Amazing Grace” in English and prayers in Sourath (Aramaic.)
Clergy sprinkled Holy Water and incense over the casket before the family was escorted out by honor guard to a funeral procession and burial in White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery in Troy.
Also, at the funeral the “end of watch” call was played. “...Officer Shukur, we thank you for your distinguished service. You will never be forgotten in your devotion to your family, friends and law enforcement community...”
Detroit Police Chief James Craig and other officers saluted the casket as it left the funeral service.
Shukur, who was born in Baghdad, Iraq, became a U.S. citizen in 2010 and served six years in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Carl Vinson. When he was discharged, he went into law enforcement because he wanted to help people, his friends said.
Shukur is survived by his wife, Nadeen Maroof Shukur, father Anthony Banks, mother Anita Zia Shilmoun Banks, a brother and sister, grandparents and other family.
Gov. Rick Snyder Friday ordered U.S. and Michigan flags at all state buildings and within the state capitol complex to be lowered to half-staff in Shukur’s honor.
“Officer Shukur was a brave man who worked diligently to protect Michiganders and the city of Detroit,” the governor said in a statement. “I send my sincerest condolences to is family, friends, and the entire Detroit Police Department during this difficult time.”
On August 4 around 2:40 a.m., Detroit police were called to assist with crowd control in the area of West McNichols near Stahelin Street. Reports say Shukur was walking to his scout car when 19-year-old Jonathan David Cole hit the officer with his Jeep Liberty.
Cole sped off from the scene but later turned himself in at a Detroit Police precinct.
Cole has been charged with reckless driving and failure to stop at the scene of an accident. Cole received a $150,000 cash bond and ordered to have no contact with any witness including his parents.
According to Police Chief James Craig, they expected the charges to be upgraded to murder. “A lot of pain associated with this, it’s always tough,” said Craig.
The alleged driver of the vehicle that struck Shukur, Jonathan David Cole, 19, was formally charged in court with second-degree murder. Cole also faces charges of reckless driving causing death and failure to stop at the scene of an accident when at fault resulting in death.