Alice Nahas

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Alice Nahas of Vanesssa Drive, Hanover Township, died peacefully at home Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, surrounded by her family.

Born Jan. 12, 1922 in Pawtucket, R.I., she was the daughter of Damtry and Victoria Ganim. She was a graduate of Pawtucket High School and Wilkes-Barre Business College.

She moved to Wilkes-Barre in October 1951, when her husband, the Very Rev. Herbert G. Nahas, was appointed pastor of St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church. Alice served as the first lady of the parish for 39 years, with grace and dignity. She presided over the church rectory with warm hospitality to all, hosting parishioners, religious, community and national leaders. As a member of the Ladies Auxiliary, her wise counsel was sought by all as she worked tirelessly in the many church activities.

She founded and operated Lana Fashions of Wilkes-Barre and the East Wing clothing boutique.

Preceding her in death were daughter-in-law, Virginia Jones Nahas; brothers, George Ganim, Rhode Island; Elias Ganim, Massachusetts; sisters Margaret Eid, Massachusetts; and Rita Whittaker, Rhode Island.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 64 years; sons, Dr. George H. Nahas and John H. Nahas; and daughter, Joyce Moses and her husband, Attorney John P. Moses. She is also survived by her five grandchildren, Attorney Peter John Moses, John N. Nahas, Herbert G. Nahas, Anthony P. Nahas and Marilyn A. Nahas.

Surviving also are her siblings, brother, Mitry Ganim, Vestal, N.Y., sisters, Ruth Sulhany, Pawtucket, R.I.; Louise Hamwey, Daytona Beach, Fla.; Victoria Hallal, Cumberland, R.I.; Mary Cahaly, Hopkinton, Mass.; many nieces and nephews. Her love and devotion to her family was boundless and eternal.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, 5 to 7 p.m., and Wednesday, 10 to 11 a.m., at St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church, 909 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, followed by funeral services.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church, 905 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre.

Arrangements are by Mamary-Durkin Funeral Service, 59 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre.
Published in Citizens' Voice on Dec. 29, 2009
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