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PAWTUCKET - Annie Astphan, 85, passed away on September 10, 2012 at Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, surrounded by her family, after a courageous fight with Alzheimer's Disease.
Born in Montreal, PQ, Canada, the daughter of the late Habib and Dehne Abdallah Habib, Annie was predeceased by her husband Steve, Sister Najla (Angel), her brother Freddie and her granddaughter Bethany. She was the sister of Albert Habib of Montreal, and the sister of Denise Doud of Montreal, Diane Rahal of Toronto, and by her sister and best friend Adele Shwaery and her husband Fred Shwaery.
Annie is survived by her son Paul and his wife Michele, her son Peter and his wife Annette, 7 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and 10 nieces and nephews.
Annie worked as an executive secretary for many years for the former Jack and Harry's department store chain, and then finished her career as a computer programmer at Nyman Manufacturing in 1992. After retiring, Annie and her husband spent many winters relaxing and enjoying themselves in Del Ray Beach, FL before returning full time to Pawtucket to be closer to her family.
She was a loving and devoted wife to her late husband Steve, and doted over her sons and her grandchildren. Annie loved nothing more than to cook for her family, and her Lebanese cooking skills were legendary. Her nickname in Pawtucket and Del Ray Beach was the "Mayor" because she was outgoing, caring, a great fundraiser for her church and the Salvation Army and tirelessly campaigned for various politicians in the city of Pawtucket. She was a wonderful wife and mother, loyal to her family and her friends and advocated for the causes she believed in, defending them to the very end. Annie stood a commanding 4'10 1/2" but was a giant in her spirit and heart.
Relatives and friends are invited to a Service held Friday at 10am in Saint Mary Antiochan Orthodox Church, 249 High Street, Pawtucket. Visiting hours will be held Thursday from 5-8pm in the COSTIGAN-O'NEILL Funeral Home, 220 Cottage Street, Pawtucket. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations to Saint Mary's Antiochan Orthodox Church, would be appreciated.
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