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Wajih A. Hanna, 90, passed away at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest on Saturday, May 7 surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren. He was born in Zawayteena, Syria to Antonios and Nadeema (Khoury). Wajih was the eldest of eight children. At the age of 17 he joined the Syrian military and served his country for 22 years. After retirement from the army he immigrated to the United States. He settled in the Lehigh Valley where he lived and worked until a second retirement.
Survivors: Wajih is survived by his wife of 58 years Rahmeh (Khouly) and seven children; Nadia (Faysal) Daher of Allentown; Nina (Bernardo) Minutolo of Chicago, Illinois; Ida (Nakleh) Akari of Mereda, Mexico; Nahla (Thomas) Somogyi of Dublin, Ohio; Nayla (Raymond) Hague of Woodbury, Minnesota; Bashar (Deanna Lyn Crotts) of Ithaca, New York; and Bushra (David) Fries of Allentown. He is also survived by 11 loving grandchildren. Wajih was preceded to eternal life by his father, mother and loving bother, Issam.
Services: Calling hours will be 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM on Wednesday, May 11 at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 1011 Catasauqua Ave., Allentown. Funeral service on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. in the church, after which he will be laid to rest at Laurel Cemetery.
The family is being served by the Nicos C. Elias Funeral Home, Allentown. www.eliasfuneralhome.com.
Contributions: to the church.