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Joan K. Haddad entered eternal Ife surrounded by her family on October 26th, 2023. Joan was born in Lorain, Ohio to Lebanese immigrants, Fred, and Mary Koury on November 6th, 1932.
Nothing made immigrant families prouder than to see their children reach higher educational levels than themselves, and although Joan’s father passed away before she went to college, her two older brothers, Michael, and Leo, ensured their parents that Joan would attend college. Joan received her Bachelor of Arts in Education and Political Science from Western Reserve College (now known as Case Western Reserve University) in Cleveland and later, Joan obtained her Master’s in Education which she put to good use with her 28 year career as an educator which began in her hometown of Lorain, Ohio and then with the Parma City School District.
On June 23rd, 1957, Joan married the love of her life, Charles J. Haddad, Sr. and were married for 63 years until his passing in 2021. Survivors include their beloved son Dr. Charles J. Haddad, Jr., who selflessly devoted himself to be her caregiver over the past three years and his partner, Dr. Louis Giannetti of Cleveland, their beloved daughter Claudia M. Tanoos and her husband, Dr. Daniel Tanoos of Terre Haute, Indiana who watched multiple Ohio State University and Cleveland Browns football games with her during their monthly visits to Cleveland. Perhaps the most precious survivors are Joan’s only grandson, Daniel Tanoos, Jr., and his wife Ashlee of Terre Haute. Joan’s greatest joy was the arrival of her great grandchildren, Preston, and Mila Tanoos. Despite that her daughter and her extended family all live in Terre Haute, Charlie Sr. and Joan spent 37 years visiting them often and becoming an integral part of their lives as well as the Tanoos family visiting Jiddoo & Sittoo (Grandfather and Grandmother) in Parma Heights quite regularly. While there might have been miles between their homes, there was never distance between their hearts.
Additional survivors include Joan’s brother Leo Koury and his wife, Lila, and her sister-in-law, Maxine Koury. Joan was preceded in death by her oldest brother Michael Koury and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Edward, and Evelyn Haddad.
Joan’s professional career as an educator spread over 28 years teaching 5th and 6th grade in the Lorain Community School District and Parma City School District. Joan’s passion for reading inspired 100’s of students to read about history and prepare them for life’s future. In fact, her grandson Daniel travelled with her to every bookstore when they were together. The greatest gift that Joan left to her only grandchild, Daniel, was the love of reading.
Joan took pride in her 60 plus years as a member of the Eastern Star.
She was a leader in initiating the United Way of Greater Cleveland campaign at her elementary school. Joan coordinated and raised funds to provide school supplies for children that could not afford them. She was a firm believer in providing the best education to every student and loved those children like she loved her own.
A lifelong member of St. George Orthodox Church in Cleveland, she felt that most important was serving her Church. She did just that in multiple roles at St. George including being a faithful member of the Church Choir as well as serving as a member of the St. George Ladies Society.
Serving as Pallbearers are Richard Fletcher, Joe Haddad, Dr. Robert Haddad, Daniel Tanoos Jr., and Dr. Daniel Tanoos, Sr.
Services will be held on Saturday, October 28th at St. George Orthodox Church, 2587 W. 14th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44113, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Father John Ojaimi presiding. Visitation will take place at the church from 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Burial will take place at the Brooklyn Heights Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio. Mallchok Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the eternal memory of Joan, the family thanks you for donating to St. George Orthodox Church, 2587 W. 14th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44113.
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