Cleopatra Kassees Shunnarah

July 17, 1950November 8, 2019

The Shunnarah family is saddened to announce that Cleopatra Abraham Kassees Shunnarah, 69, made her transition into eternal light on Friday, November 8, 2019 in Birmingham, AL. Cleo was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, the eldest of seven children to Najla Abraham Kassees and Abraham Attallah Kassees on July 17, 1950. As a teenager, Cleo, along with her family, moved to Jacksonville, Florida where she enjoyed many circles of friends. She graduated from Robert E. Lee High School and became a beautician. Later she worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield. On February 18, 1973 she married Nadim George Shunnarah and moved to Birmingham, AL where she continued working for Blue Cross until her retirement. In later years, Cleo and Nadim went into the restaurant business owning and operating The Pita Stop’s two locations in the Southside of Birmingham and Cahaba Heights. Cleo was a member of St. George Melkite Greek-Catholic Church. She loved swimming, traveling and shopping. She enjoyed hosting guests at The Pita Stop. Friends remember her generosity, her organizational skills, and her love of Motown and Throwback music. Cleo was active in the Ramallah Club of Birmingham, instrumental in helping host the Birmingham club’s conventions and mid-year conventions of the American Federation of Ramallah Palestine. Cleo enjoyed taking on many duties to organize activities that ensured the satisfaction and pleasure of convention attendees. Cleo was preceded in death by her father, Abraham Attallah Kassees; brother, Essam Abraham Kassees; and sister, Taj Maher Abraham Kassees. She is survived by her husband, Nadim George Shunnarah; son, Nadim George Shunnarah, Jr.; mother, Najla Abraham Kassees; brothers Naseem Abraham Kassees (Jane) and General Romal Abraham Kassees; sisters, Seham Abraham Kassees-Salazar (David) and Dulyla Abraham Kassees and many nieces and nephews. Services will be held at St. George Melkite Greek-Catholic Church, 425 16th Ave S, Birmingham, AL. Visitation will be on Monday, November 11, 2019 from 4pm to 5:45pm; the memorial service begins at 5:45 pm. The funeral will be on Tuesday, November 12, at 10am at the church.


  • Visitation

    Monday, November 11, 2019

  • Memorial Service

    Monday, November 11, 2019

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, November 12, 2019


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Lyn Fulcher

November 15, 2019

So very sorry to hear of Cleos passing. Such a beautiful and classy lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with family.
With love,
Lyn and Traci

Susan and Gary Goldstein

November 13, 2019

We were so sadden to hear about Cleo. Her smile was always so welcoming whenever we saw her. She will be missed by all.

Jessie Odell

November 11, 2019

Saying goodbye today to yet another wonderful friend. I’m glad our last visit was at pita stop and left with us talking about I might have to drive her soon, and since I’ve not slowed down she was gonna need a drink after the ride and a smiling hug. Cleo was always laughing and a loving person to be Around. We shared many moments in life as I met her when I started my first business. I recall once because I was so invested in my business and just wasn’t making it, I was worried I couldn’t pay the power bill. She said (yes you can, your gonna come decorate my house for Christmas and you’ll be fine.) I did, and I was, who would have that years later id end up in that business I remember her saying (don’t worry about it, or every business will make it. When it doesn’t, you start another one and you keep going till you make it. Will love and miss you Cleo.

Mai Nakajima

November 11, 2019

I had a few opportunities to contact you before. When I first met you, I visited your restaurant and had dinner, but I accidentally chose a wrong word to express the deliciousness of the food, and I thought that I said that was awesome, but I did not realize that I said a wrong word, and you asked me what was wrong with the food I got. I apologized you for saying a wrong word and corrected it in the end. But, the second time I saw you, you did not hesitate to see me even though I might have done such rude action by mistake before. It was actually fun to make sure a story that I heard from your son with you. One time I made a joke on Facebook with your son, you worried about us and warned me. I explained that was all jokes and somehow, we became friends on Facebook eventually. Through your posts, I could tell your love towards your family and how caring you were. I wished I could see you again, and it was a pleasure for me to get to know about you. I am sorry if I seem troublesome somehow; however, I thank you for being caring even about me. Rest In Peace,

Derrick and Janet Shunnarah Banks

November 10, 2019

Cleo always had the sweetest smile, and best laugh. We will truly miss her. Condolences to her family