Charles P. Sawaya Okemos Age 81 passed away Monday, September 23, 2013 at his home under the loving care of his family. He was born January 16, 1932 the son of Louis and Violet (Younes) Sawaya. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 50 years, Janet (Rashid) Sawaya. Also preceding him in death are his parents, son, Joseph and sister, Dorothy Karslake. Charles served our country in the National Guard during the Korean War. He received his BA and Master's Degree from Michigan State University and his PhD in Economics from Indiana University. He worked as Treasurer for Aramco (Arabian American Oil Company) for many years until his retirement in 1980. Charles was involved in numerous organizations, many of which benefitted children including helping to start a school in New Mexico for the Native American children there and supporting many foster children around the world. He served as president of the Counsel at St. Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic church, Former President of the Midwest American Syrian Lebanese Federation and Former President of the Men's Cedars Club. As an active MSU Alumni, he loved Michigan Sports, especially his beloved MSU Spartans. Charles is survived by his children: Violet (Khalil) Rahme, George Sawaya, Julie Sawaya and Charles E. Sawaya; 7 grandchildren: George Rahme, Dominic Sawaya, Vincent Sawaya, Lewie Ruedisale, Margo Sawaya, Janna Ruedisale and Paul Sawaya; siblings: Edward (Joan) Sawaya, Lucille Ruonavaara, Janet (Kevin) France, Kathy Solomon, Eugene, Sylvia and Florence Sawaya. Charles' family will celebrate his life on Friday, September 27, 2013 at 11:00 AM St. Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, 725 W. Hope, Lansing. Burial at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive visitors on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM with a Trisagion service at 7:00 PM at Tiffany Funeral Home, Lansing and 1 hour prior to the service at church on Friday. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church. To leave messages for the family, please visit www.tiffanyfuneralhome.com
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Sept. 25, 2013