Therese Naoum Issa
1943 - 2021
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Therese Naoum Issa

St. Clair Shores - Therese Naoum Issa, cherished sister, aunt, great-aunt, and friend passed away at home on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at the age of 77. She was born on April 14, 1943 in Beirut, Lebanon and emigrated to Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan in 1976. Therese worked for many years as the manager of her sister-in-law's obstetrics and gynecology practice followed by several years as the manager of her brother's gas station. Therese loved to socialize and was the go-to companion for all generations. She was devoted to her family and had a core role in the lives of her siblings, and their children - as a cheerleader for their dreams, a co-conspirator for their adventures and a second mother to the younger generation.Therese was "the village" for her siblings; a coffee-drinking confidante, a partner in childcare and the glue that bound the wider family together. From early breakfasts to late-night movies, she never missed a chance to spend time with her nieces and nephews and she held a special place in the hearts of the littlest. She was present at their major events and available to talk endlessly about life's minutiae. Her door was always open, and hers was a second home for the newest arrivals in the U.S. Therese was preceded in death by her father Naoum, her mother Nazira and her brother Pierre (the late Claire). She is survived by her sister Hoda (the late Hanna), brother Joseph (Alexa), sister May (Boutros), brother Antoine (Hoda), sisters Hanane (Raif) and Mona (Ghassan) and brothers Georges (Hayat) and Gabriel (Bernadette) as well as 20 nieces and nephews and 31 great-nieces and great-nephews. There will be no funeral service in Michigan at this time. Therese will be buried with her parents and brother in Maad, Lebanon. Donations in lieu of flowers can be sent to the Lebanese Red Cross ( or Baytna Baytak (

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Published in Detroit Free Press & The Detroit News from Feb. 22 to Feb. 28, 2021.
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February 23, 2021
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