Najat Janna (née Rafidi)

May 7, 1936September 17, 2020

It is with sad hearts that the family of Najat Janna announces her passing at the age of 84.

She bravely battled a brief illness, throughout which she was surrounded by her family. Her passion in life was her grandchildren, and for all who knew her, she loved a good conversation.

Loving mother of Richard (Samia Chedid), Peter (Marlene Zakaib), and Brian (Colette Corban). Beloved Teta to Rebecca, Ashley, Erin, Christopher, Matthew, and Thomas. Dear sister of Souad (Walid Yaziji), and sister-in-law of Lorraine Janna and Nick Janna (Cathy). She will be dearly missed by her many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her adoring husband, Maurice Janna, her sister Hayat (Sam Malik), her brother Alexander, and her sister-in-law Marilyn Janna.

Born in Rashaya, Lebanon, her family immigrated to Canada in 1954. After briefly living in Montreal, she married and moved with her husband to Ottawa, where both were pioneers in the Lebanese community. She was fiercely devoted to her family and committed to her faith.

The family would like to thank the staff and caregivers at the Oakpark Retirement Community, as well as at MLC Healthcare Services, for their support and loving care in her final days.

The family will receive relatives and friends on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020, at Sts. Peter and Paul Melkite Catholic Church (1161 N River Rd, Ottawa ON K1K 3W5) from 10 am to 11 am. Funeral service at 11 am. Interment Notre-Dame Cemetery.

As per Covid-19 protocols, masks must be worn and social distancing must be respected.

In memoriam donations can be made to Sts. Peter and Paul Melkite Catholic Church.


  • Sts. Peter & Paul Melkite Catholic Church


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 22, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, September 22, 2020


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Leona Laham

September 21, 2020

It is always a great loss to lose a Mother. Both our mothers shared a time together at Oakpark and so we share our sorrow for their passing.

Hope your Mother finds Peace in Rest. My condolences to you, Richard, Peter and Brian and your families.

Leona Laham

Naji and Carole Aboutanos

September 19, 2020

Our deepest condolences to Richard and the whole family. So sorry for your loss. May her soul rest in peace.

Linda and Raymond Naddaf (Hamway)

September 19, 2020

Our deepest condolences to all the family. She was a wonderful person and with your Dad raised a beautiful family. We understand how difficult it is to lose your mother. Allah yirhama and may God bless you all 🙏❤️🙏

Beatriz Skupek

September 18, 2020

Our deepest condolences to the family, friends and everyone she has touched. In prayer we hope to make this ease your pain, In your heart she remains.. Beatriz Skupek and family

Michael Shacker

September 18, 2020

I will always cherish the memories growing up and hanging out at Mr and Mrs Janna’s house with the boys. Great conversations with your Mom I will always remember . She will be dearly missed. May she Rest In Peace .

Dennis Saikaley

September 18, 2020

My deepest sympathy on the passing of your Mother. I had so many chats with her when your father and my mother were at St. Vincent's at the same time and then often when we saw each other at Billings Bridge.
God Rest Her Soul and May Her Memory be Eternal.

Dennis M. Saikaley


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