Joie means Joy
Joie left this earth on July 5th, 2021 having sprinkled her path with positivity, encouragement, and steadfast love. She was the beloved wife of 55 years to George K. Haddad, Jr.; loving mother of Amy Haddad McDonald (Brien); dear stepmother of Lora Haddad Crossgrove (Tom); dear grandmother of Aliya, Elek, Khalil, Jason (Erin), and Jordan; great grandmother of Ayden, Carter, Evan and Dawson; devoted sister of Loretta and the following deceased: George, Richard, Mary, Michael, and Corrine Khouri (sister-in-law).
Joie was born and raised in Toledo OH where she was the fifth of six children to George and Margaret Sabbagh. She was a graduate of Woodward High School. Her achievements include Second-generation Girl Scout and leader for over 33 years, Red Cross Volunteer, member of Junior Achievement, Second Chair Violin in the Children’s Toledo City Orchestra. She was a graduate of The University of Toledo where she was a member of the Dancing Rockettes - the first recognized collegiate dance team in the nation. Once married and settled in Brecksville OH, she worked tirelessly for St. George Orthodox Church, where she taught Sunday School with her husband, George, for over 20 years, in addition to chairing, mentoring and helping with countless events. She served on the Scholarship Committee for the Lebanese Syrian Junior Women’s League, on the Board for the YMCA, and was the Founder of the River’s Bend Park Association. Joie was a C.A.M.E.O officer, ran multiple political campaigns, was an active member of WVIZ, and participated in their Annual Fundraiser Auction for over 50 years. She was the recipient of the Ruth T. Lucas Award for her work at the Junior League of Cleveland. Joie’s enthusiasm for work and volunteering was recently honored at PNC Bank after 10+ years of service.
Joie loved people. She loved getting everyone together whether opening her home to anyone who did not have family nearby or arranging Ladies Luncheons. She mentored countless people and generously gave her time and skills to too many organizations to list. She did all this while proudly supporting her grandchildren at every soccer, baseball game, concert, and play where she was a staple in the bleachers with homemade muffins for all. Her beautiful smile and generous heart touched everyone she met. She leaves behind a ray of sunshine to guide each of us.
The family will receive friends at the Mallchok Funeral Home, 5660 Ridge Rd., Parma, OH on Sunday, July 11, 2021 from 3 - 7 p.m. Trisagion Prayers at 6:30 p.m. Funeral Services Monday, July 12, 2021 at St. George Orthodox Church, 2587 West 14th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113 at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Brooklyn Heights Cemetery.
To send flowers, please contact: Countryside Florist, 4553 Broadview Rd. Richfield, OH 44286, (330) 659-3776
Donations can be made in Joie’s name to St. George Orthodox Church.
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” - Maya Angelou
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St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
2587 W. 14th Street, Cleveland OH 44113