Madlien Khami

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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

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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. 

Father Yousif Attisha

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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.

Abdulahad Toma Jabiro

March 14, 1940 – June 15, 2019

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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.

Mansour Toma Kinaia

November 1, 1933 - April 4, 2019

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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