Wadia Abed

September 23, 1919October 10, 2010

Abed, Wadia of Ann Arbor, MI died October 10, 2010 at the age of 91. She was born Wadia Hanna Salfiti in Jerusalem on September 23, 1919 the daughter of Hanna and Afifa Salfiti. She was affectionately known as Mama by her children and as Taita by her grandchildren and great grandchildren; and loved by many. A very good Christian woman steeped in her faith Wadia set an example for all she met. Her loving family will remember her for the pride and interest she took in all of them, her cooking and especially the love and joy she had in her gardening of beautiful flowers. Those left to remember Wadia are daughters, Najat Kafity and her husband Bishop Samir, Nuhad Zecharia and her husband Amin, Naila Asali and her husband Ziad, Rudaina Melhem and her husband Richard and Wadad Abed; sons, Bassam Abed and his partner Peter Sieger and Majeed Abed. 2 sisters, Emily Tarazi and Aida Aweida and a brother, Fuad Salfiti, 13 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren are also left behind to remember her. A funeral service will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation 3257 Lohr Rd., Ann Arbor, MI with Pastor Joe Summers officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00 A.M. until time of service at the church. Please visit to share your thoughts and fond memories with the family. Arrangements under the direction of Muehlig Funeral Chapel, Ann Arbor, MI.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 13, 2010
  • Visitation Wednesday, October 13, 2010

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James Price

December 6, 2010

I will never forget the Abed family when they first came to America in late 1960's. The music and laughter rising in the living room, with strange cooking scents wafting in from the kitchen. Then there was Grandmother Afiffi (?) who brought along just her favorite dress and her hooka! Happy memories from 40 years ago.

A Heartfelt Message

October 22, 2010

C.Alacoque Traynor

October 16, 2010

When Wadia lived in The Daigh apartments
in Taylorville,IL., she passed my house
every a.m. on her daily walk. I had the
privilege of having such nice conversations with her on these occasions. Such a nice lady.

Rula Kassicieh

October 14, 2010

We are grateful for all the fond and wonderful memories we have of Taita. We will miss you, but will always be reminded of you with every blooming flower and fragrant garden.. a true cultivator of soul and soil.
Rula, Maher, Michael, Mark

Ron & Orpha Beck

October 14, 2010

We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.

Samar Hireish

October 14, 2010

Taita, we know you are looking after us still even if you are not with us. We have so many beautiful memories to carry with us. We love you and miss you.
Samar,Isam,Beshara,and Serene