Thérèse Amad El-Hashem Nossiff

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Thérèse Amad El-Hashem Nossiff (1934-2014)

In loving memory of family matriarch Thérèse Nossiff, 79, who passed away peacefully on Friday, January 31, 2014, surrounded by the loving embrace of her family.

Thérèse was born in the Picturesque village of Akoura, nestled in the mountains of Lebanon. She was raised in the beautiful ancient city of Byblos, Lebanon, on the banks of the Mediterranean Sea. She was educated at a renowned School of Design in Lebanon. She immigrated to the United States in 1958 and one year later, married the late John George Nossiff, Sr., a prominent local businessman who owned and operated the Economy Market on First Street and several rental properties in Dover. Together, they raised two devoted children, managed their businesses, traveled to Lebanon, and summered with their close-knit family in York, Maine. Thérèse was a talented cook of Lebanese cuisine, an avid gardener, and in her younger years in Lebanon, an Arabian horseback rider. She enjoyed reading about history and studying Middle East affairs, and she was a biblical scholar. Her interest in politics stemmed from her father's position as esteemed mayor of Akoura. She was an eloquent speaker, having served as spokesperson for the President of Lebanon. She instilled in all her wonderful family and friends a love of Lebanese culture. Her culinary talents were recognized by the finest Lebanese chefs. Her sensitivity to beauty and love of style led her to a career as clothing designer and seamstress at Morton's Clothiers in Dover. She was deeply faithful and committed to her Maronite faith. She was a loyal supporter of St. George's Maronite Parish in Dover. In her earlier years, she was an active and dedicated member of the Daughter's of Saint George. She was also a supporter of the Dover Adult Learning Center.

Thérèse was the daughter of the late Ayoub and Coulandan El-Hashem, and sister to the late Sandra Harb, Amad El-Hashem, and René El- Hashem of Lebanon. She is survived by her devoted children, John George Nossiff, Jr. of Andover, Massachusetts and Naseem Diane Nossiff of Dover, New Hampshire, along with their spouses Gabrielle Hager and David Peter Azarian, and her four adoring grandsons who were her pride and joy: Joseph Nossiff Azarian and Aaron, Peter and John Nossiff. Thérèse was blessed with a loving extended family, here and in Lebanon, including many nieces, nephews, in-laws, and cousins whom she adored, as well as many wonderful close friends, all of whom she referred to as family.

Thérèse is remembered by her family as a devoted mother and grandmother of extraordinary love, amazing strength, unwavering support, endless generosity and indelible hope; she always saw the best in life. Her bright spirit was an inspiration to everyone who knew her and lives on in the hearts of her children and grandchildren. She was one of a kind.

Arrangements: A funeral service, followed by a reception, will be conducted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. George Maronite Parish, 15 Chapel Street, Dover, New Hampshire. Donations to the St. George Maronite Church in memory of Thérèse may be mailed to St George Parish, P.O. Box 2210, Dover, N.H. 03820 or floral arrangements may be sent to the physical address of St. George Parish, 15 Chapel Street, Dover, N.H. 03820. Arrangements are under the direction of Wiggin-Purdy-McCooey-Dion Funeral Home, Dover, N.H.; to sign our online guest book, please go to

May her light shine for us brightly in Heaven that we may find our way to her warm embrace once again, and until that time comes, let it be a beacon of Love for our family and for all who knew her.

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Published in Fosters from Feb. 4 to Feb. 7, 2014
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