Adibe Abufaris

May 25, 1929March 8, 2013
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Adibe Ganan Abufaris was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, daughter of Alexander and Rose Ganan, and one of eight children, Adibe Abufaris went peacefully on to the Lord, Friday, March 8th, 2013. She was surrounded by her family at the time of her passing.

Adibe G. Abufaris was raised Catholic and aspired to be a nun. She met her future husband Edward Abufaris on a blind date in 1949 and they were married six months later They then moved across the ocean to the United States, settling in Massachusetts where they gave birth first to their oldest son Michael and later their only daughter Rosanne. After moving to West Palm Beach, Florida, they gave birth to their last son Edward, Jr. While living in West Palm Beach Adibe worked in Palm Beach on famous Worth Avenue as a seamstress where she built a clientele to begin her own business working from home.

Adibe was a member of St. Mary’s Orthodox Church and the Order of Eastern Star. She actively participated with her husband in the Masons, with her sons’ in the DeMolay organization and with her daughter in the International Order of Rainbow for Girls. She was also an active member of the Syrian Lebanese American Club of Palm Beach County. It was not uncommon to visit her home at anytime during the week and find her dinner table filled with Brazilian & Middle Eastern food and all were welcomed.

Mrs. Abufaris was fluent in many languages including Portuguese, English, Arabic and Spanish. One of the highlights of her life was being a translator at the American Dental Association where she assisted many who could not understand English with common tasks of attending conferences in foreign countries.

Adibe was a women of great style and dignity, always was willing to go out of her way to help others and was a strong supporter of those she came in contact with. No one was a stranger to her and she welcomed everyone with open arms always placing others needs before her own.

Her husband Edward, her parents, as well as several of her brothers and sisters predeceased Mrs. Abufaris. Her children Dr. Michael Abufaris and his wife Patrice, Rosanne and her husband Craig and Edward Jr. and his wife Linda survive her as do 5 granddaughters and 7 great grandchildren.

Adibe will be laid to rest on Saturday, March 16th at the Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens in Snellville, GA and in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May her memory be eternal and may the Lord watch over her and keep her always in peace.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Café 1040, the missions ministry Adibe’s granddaughter and husband serve with. To donate, visit and learn more about this ministry.


  • Chapel Service Saturday, March 16, 2013

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Alan Bachrach

July 10, 2013

This obituary was posted by Marsha Jackson who helps us "out of towners" keep track of what is going on in the lives of our high school classmates. I was a classmate of Eddie, I believe all the way from South Olive Elementary to Forest Hill High School class of 1972. I would like to express my sympathy on the passing of your mother. It's a very sad occasion and she was obviously a very fine person. My thoughts are with you.

Sheryl Samples

March 23, 2013

Dear Rosanne and Family,
After reading about your precious mother and viewing the photos - I see how much she was very loved by all her family and what an extraordinary woman she was. What wonderful memories you now have to hold close to your heart. I have known you for around 15 or so years and I know what a dedicated daughter you were to her.
Always remember - "When the sun set here what a BEAUTIFUL SUNRISE there was in Heaven." Your mother LIVES in the arms of her Saviour and one day you too will live with them forever, never to be apart.
I love you sweet friend,

Lori Lassiter

March 20, 2013

My deepest sympathy and love to all the Abufaris family at this sad time in the loss of your dear sweet mom... May God be with you your time of sorrow...My heart is with you all my precious dearest friends
Rosanne, Eddie and Mike.
Blessed are those who mourn,for they shall be comforted.Matthew 5:4
Know that my prayers and loving thoughts are always there with you my friends. Love to you all ...lori


March 18, 2013

My sympathy to the Abufaris' family. May God grant you peace during this time of difficulty. Rm. 15:33

March 16, 2013

With deepest sympathy to the Abufaris family during your time of grief...God is for you a refuge and strength, A help that is there to be found during difficult times...May God provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead.

Jeannette Huff

March 16, 2013

Adibe was a good friend and treasured companion for my mother. I will always be grateful for her sweet spirit and helpfulness that made mother's final years happier. I am at Joy's this weekend so will not be able to be at the funeral in person, but you are all in my heart and I will be praying for you in the days ahead. Mother and Adibe will have a great reunion when they see each other in heaven!

Brenda and Jack Butler

March 16, 2013

With our deepest sympathy to your entire family. May you all be comforted by your loving times together with this precious lady. I'm sure each of you brought her many hours of smiles and joy. May peace replace your heartache, and may warmest memories remain. God bless your family and may time heal your sorrow.

Sarah Finch

March 15, 2013

Love and peace to you and all of your family during this difficult time.

March 15, 2013

We extend our condolences to the entire family and hope that you all feel the closenss of God during these days.
Dave and Linda Bartlett (Cedar Falls, Iowa)

jerry & shirley bartlett

March 15, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.