CANFIELD, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Karimeh Rafidi, 93, of Canfield, passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, November 17, 2022 at Briarfield Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Karimeh was born on January 29, 1929 in El Bireh, Palestine to Izzat and Hilwa Rafidi and came to the United States in 1949.
She lived with her family in Ashtabula, Ohio before marrying her husband, the late Farid Joseph Rafidi, in May 1952 and they moved to Youngstown, Ohio together.
She worked hand-in-hand over the years with her husband, who ran grocery stores and raised a family of five children before they retired in 1976. They were blessed to spend several wonderful years of retirement together enjoying each other, their children and her grandchildren before her husband’s death in December 1988. Karimeh has been a pillar of strength to her children throughout the years, whom she greatly appreciates appreciated. She always enjoyed socializing with others.
She was a woman of great faith and a member of the Saint Maron Maronite Catholic Church.
She is survived by her son Sami F. (Rita) Rafidi, Sr. of Canfield; two daughters, Joanne (Sami) Halaweh of Orlando, Florida and Diane Psaras of Miami, Florida; a son-in-law, James R. King of Orlando, Florida. She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren Natasha and Sami F. Rafidi, Jr., Deana Halaweh, Thomas Psaras, Atty. Fred Rafidi, Joey Joseph, Robert and Michael Rafidi and Katrina King and their families, and their great-grandchildren Savannah, Layla, Jackson, Emma Rafidi, Echo Joseph and Madison King. She also leaves behind two sisters, Judy Farr from Arizona and Ruth Jensen from California, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
In addition to her parents and her beloved husband Farid, Karimeh was preceded in death by her son Joseph Rafidi; her daughter Nancy King and her grandson Richard King, all of whom welcomed her arrival in heaven.
Family and friends can pay their respects to Karimeh on Tuesday morning, November 22, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:25 a.m. at St. Maron Maronite Church, 1555 S Meridian Road, Youngstown. On Tuesday 22 November 2022 at 10:30 a.m. there will be a Divine Liturgy of Christian Burial with Chorbishop Anthony Spinosa as Minister.
The burial will take place at Belmont Park Cemetery in Liberty Township.
In lieu of flowers, Karimeh’s family is asking for material donations to St. Maron Maronite Church, 1555 S Meridian Road, Youngstown, OH 44511.
On behalf of Karimeh’s family, they would like to express their sincere appreciation to Ed and Diane Reese of Briarfield, to the entire staff of the Inn at Christine Valley, where she spent several years and most recently at Briarfield Manor, for all the care and concern shown to her over the course of the Years.
The arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4221 Market Street, Boardman.
Family and friends can visit www.rossiantuccifh.com to send their condolences to Karimeh’s family.
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A TV tribute will air Monday, November 21 at the following approximate times: 7:10 am on FOX, 12:22 pm on WKBN, 5:08 pm on MyYTV, and 7:27 pm on WYTV. The video will be posted here on the day it airs.