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Obituary - Esther Atallah

Esther Atallah

Date of Passing: May 19th, 2008

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In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Albert and Gloria Shaheen Scholarship Fund at Utica College or to St. Louis Gonzaga Church.

Esther Atallah entered into eternal life on Monday, May 19, 2008, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Gloria and Albert H. Shaheen, M.D., after a long illness. She was born on January 3, 1918, in Jaffa, Palestine, daughter of the late Joseph and Malakie Talamas Finan. On April 22, 1941, Esther married Simon Atallah in Jaffa. They migrated to the United States on June 20, 1963. Esther was a vibrant, elegant and fastidious woman with an engaging personality. She was a skilled seamstress, an accomplished bridge player and a voracious reader. A woman ahead of her time, she possessed a native intelligence which she used to great advantage during any intellectual or theological debate. A woman of tremendous faith, Esther was a devout Catholic who enjoyed religious studies and endeavored to educate herself and others in how to better love and serve the Lord. She truly enjoyed spending time with friends and family, and frequently outshone her granddaughters with her charm, grace and regal demeanor. She will be missed by her loving and devoted daughter and son-in-law, Gloria and Dr. Albert Shaheen, who provided the utmost care and compassion to Esther for many years. Also mourning this loss are numerous friends and family, including her daughter, Danielle Walker of Ottawa, Canada, and her son, Elias Atallah of Switzerland. She is survived by five grandchildren and their spouses, Dr. Ann O'Malley, Simone Shaheen, Esq., Dr. Nancy Shaheen and Kirk Evans, Karen and Greg Waters, and A. Michael and Kristen Shaheen, Esq. Esther was known as "Grandmama" and was deeply loved by her eight great-grandchildren, Hannah and Isabel O'Malley, Lucas Shaheen Kritz, Liam and Tess Evans, Sarah Waters, and Albert Harry and Amir Shaheen. Esther leaves behind many special nieces and nephews, including Lamya Stowens, Honorable Anthony Shaheen, George and Linda Shaheen, Sam and Patty Shaheen, John and Patricia Shaheen, Maureen and Alain Brosseau, George and Lorraine Mahshie, Joseph Mahshie, Julia Shaheen, Maggy Atallah, Salwa Hamati, Nellie and John Ryan, and John and Violet Atallah, and many more grandnieces and nephews. Esther was predeceased by her beloved husband, Simon; her beautiful daughter, Arlette; and by her three brothers and two sisters. The entire family is grateful to Rev. Bassam Saade for his spiritual support. Her family also wishes to express their gratitude to Dr. Naji El-Khoury and to Dr. Kenneth Murphy and his support team at St. Luke's Hospital. Thanks to Dr. Ken Murphy's skill and persistence, Esther was given three years of quality life, when others said there was no hope. Her funeral will be Saturday morning at 9:15 from the Bentz & Amodio Funeral Service, Inc., 470 French Road, Utica/New Hartford, and at 10:00 from St. Louis Gonzaga Church, Utica, where the Divine Liturgy of the Faithful Departed will be celebrated. Entombment will follow next week at the St. Mary's Cemetery Mausoleum in DeWitt. Calling hours are Friday, May 23, from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home. The Prayer of Incense will be Friday evening at 6:30.


Sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you. There is something different when you lose a parent. A mass will be offered at Holy Cross Church in Esther's memory.
Francoise & Alfred Falcone

Our hearts and love are with all of her loving family. Esther was a person of love and compassion. She is missed and has left a void in our hearts. Our prayers are with you.
Rose, Frank and Joshua