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Janine Hatoum

JANINE HATOUM (nee El Meouchi) age 65, beloved wife for 35 years of Bechara, M.D.; loving mother of Maha, Carla and Joe; cherished daughter of the late Judge Badri and Evelyn (nee Azar) El Meouchi; dearest sister of Marie-Claude Saradar (husband Joe, deceased), Salim El Meouchi (wife Nawal) and Rafic El Meouchi, M.D.; treasured sister-in-law of Marcelle Nahra (husband Norman, deceased), Laudy Wehbe, Doris Kawkabani, Nawal  and Inaam Hatoum and the late Madeleine Najem; dear aunt, great-aunt  and cousin of many.

Janine was born on January 6, 1954 in Beirut, Lebanon and passed away on January 23, 2019. She was a resident of Lyndhurst since 1984, formerly of Lebanon. Janine received the most enjoyment in life when spending time with family and friends. Her recipes delighted guests who gathered around her table to enjoy her many traditional Lebanese specialties. Her sense of fashion reflected her sparkling, colorful personality. Equally as colorful was her passport book, stamped on every page. Her love of travel took her to many places, both near and far.  She was always ready with a laugh upon the telling of a sarcastic joke. She will be dearly missed.

Contributions may be made in memory of Janine to Hospice of the Western Reserve; ALS Association, Northern Ohio Chapter; Aitaneet Foundation; or St. Elias Catholic Church.

Relatives and friends are invited to meet for the Mass of Christian Burial Monday, January 28, 2019 at 11 AM at St. Elias Catholic Church 8023 Memphis Ave., Brooklyn, OH 44144. Burial following at Knollwood Cemetery. Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Janine at THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF SOUTH EUCLID, 4600 MAYFIELD RD. (just east of Green Rd.) SUNDAY 3-7 PM. Trisagion Service at 6 PM.

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  1. Very Sorry Carla and Family. The most difficult loss is your mother.

  2. My Queen you were beautiful inside and out. You always put a smile on my face and made an impression on my heart that will last forever… Fly with the angels I love you

  3. Dr. John and Nina Khoury Bouhasin

    Dear Hatoum family. So very sorry for your loss and our deepest sympathy to your entire family and reletives. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. May all of you find comfort in the happy memories and the precious times you shared. May Janine forever rest in peace with the arms of The Lord.

  4. Dear Bechara
    I share your pain and your family pain for the painful loss of your wife Janine.
    I am thinking of you all and I will pray for Janine.
    Please present my condolence to her family and to Rafik her brother and our schoolmate.
    Nagi Bustros,MD

  5. I am deeply saddened by the passing of my sweet friend. I am blessed to have spent time with her recently. She will be forever in my heart. I saw first hand the wonderful care she received from her amazing family, especially her son Joe. I felt honored to be with her, Becharra, Maha, Carla and Joe this past week. She received her wings. Love you Hatoums. Angie Kocevar

  6. My sincere condolence for all the family and specially to Maha.May her soul rest in peace, Amen

  7. Sheryl L. Buckley, M.D.

    I have fond memories of Janine and you graciously hosting us anesthesia residents in your home. I am so sorry for your loss, Bechara.

  8. jean-jacques&Mary de Shadarevian

    dearest Bechara & family:Mary,myself,Hisham and Melanie are devastated by the news of Janine passing. My God take her in his kingdom and may you and your family have solace and peace. jjds

  9. Dear Bechara and Family
    I am sorry for your loss. I hope that the love of your family will sustain you during this difficult time.
    Peggy Smith, CRNA
    University of Virginia (formerly Mt. Sinai 1981-2000)

  10. Dear Dr. Hatoum
    I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers during this most difficult time. I miss working with you.
    Lynette Jeffers, CRNA
    Mt. Sinai and CCF Lutheran

  11. Ken and Mary Beth Kopidlansky

    Dearest Charlie and Children,
    The times we shared with Janine were happy and filled with laughter and we will miss that. It is very difficult to say how saddened we are for all of you and for all of us who shared part of a lifetime with her. She loved life and the beauty she found in it. She was a devoted wife and mother and it was clear how much pride she felt. Maha and Joe showed such devotion and love in the care they gave to her all day, everyday. They are to be commended and will hopefully find comfort in that they did it with so much love. There is little we can say or do to ease your pain but please know that we will always cherish our wonderful friendship with Janine and her beloved family.

  12. Phillip Iannarelli

    Dear Bechara and Family
    So sad to hear about the passing of Janine, she was a vibrant, loving wife and mother. My prayers are with all of you.
    Phillip Iannarelli
    Cleveland, Ohio

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