Qudsia (Holazada) Ahmad
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December 2, 2009

Qudsia (Holazada) Ahmad, 88, died at her home in Forty Fort on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009. Mrs. Ahmad was born on August 5, 1921, in Jerusalem, to an assistant to the Ottoman Governor of Palestine. She was a graduate of the Women's College of Jerusalem. She became an educator and the first woman radio broadcaster in Jerusalem. In 1947, she married Hassan Ahmad, a Palestinian American merchant, and, in 1948, they moved to Forty Fort to the house in which she raised her four children and remained to the end of her life. Active with the Wilkes-Barre YWCA, Mrs. Ahmad was a popular confidante to young women in Luzerne County. She also lectured at schools and churches about her Palestinian homeland and her Muslim religion. Mrs. Ahmad is survived by her sons, Dean Ahmad and his wife, Frances Eddy, of Bethesda, Md.; Maher Ahmad, of Los Angeles, Calif.; Malek (Mack) Ahmad and his wife, Lynn Karnofsky Ahmad, of Dallas; and Hani Ahmad and his wife, Lynn Hopkins Ahmad, Colorado Springs, Colo.; and her grandchildren, Zachary Ahmad, Marlee Ahmad, Amanda Ahmad, Abby Ahmad and Arlo Pignotti; as well as a number of nieces and nephews. A closed-casket viewing , memorial service and Janaza (Muslim funeral) prayer will be held at Mamary-Durkin Funeral Service, 59 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre, on Friday. Friends may call from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. The memorial service is from 1:45 to 2:30 p.m., and Janaza is from 2:30 to 3 p.m.


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Published in Times Leader on Dec. 4, 2009.
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December 13, 2009
Your mother's life is a treasure to cherish and celebrate. May Allah grant her the highest Jannah. Ameen.
Sharmin Ahmad
December 4, 2009
You are in our thoughts and prayers, Donna Ciampi and Dave Ciminelli
December 4, 2009
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Robert Davis
December 4, 2009
My heart felt sympathies to the Ahmad Family. I raised my family in Forty Fort and have fond memories of our associations. She was a very strong, wise woman. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Lois Hannigan
December 4, 2009
Mac Lynn,
My sincerest sympathy in your profound loss.
Gene Height
Eugene Height
December 4, 2009
Dear Mack and Lynn:

So very sorry to hear about your mom's passing. I remember her coming to our school and speaking. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Marie Ranieli Hanko
December 4, 2009
My sincere condolences on the sad loss of Mack's mother. While I never had the opportunity to know her, she certainly led an amazing life and raised a wonderful family. My thoughts are with you at this time. Debbie Brown Siglin
Debbie Siglin
December 4, 2009
I grew up on the same street as the Ahmad family, and as a child I remember Mrs. Ahmad and my mother having pleasant conversations out on the sidewalk as we'd be walking. She would always have a smile and kind words, and as an adult when I would see her walking, it was still the same Mrs. Ahmad, she never seemed to age. My heart is with her family of whom she was so rightly proud.
Susie "Miller" Haas
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