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Janet Eassa Shaheen passed away on April 18 at the age of 90 after a long and full life. A lifetime resident of Canton, Ohio, Janet was the youngest child of the late Eassa and Jamelle Shaheen. She is preceded in death by her brothers, George “Dempsey” and sister-in-law Faye (Abraham) Shaheen, Charles Eassa Shaheen Sr., Eassa “Ace” Shaheen, Louis J. Shaheen and her much missed sister, Mimi and brother–in–law Joseph Cavalier Sr., as well as nephew Charles Eassa Shaheen, Jr. and great nephew Salem Eassa Shaheen.
A lifelong and active member of the St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, Janet provided her talents and treasures singing in the choir, managing BINGO, helping to run the Middle Eastern dinner, and filling in wherever she might be needed. She was also a member of the Phoenician Ladies Auxiliary, the Crusaders, the Silver Liners and the American Legion Post 44.
A retired educator from Plain Local Schools, she taught 6th grade math for over 35 years. Janet was a “Jack of all Trades,” but she mastered all she attempted. An accomplished cook, she reupholstered furniture, an excellent seamstress, she taught herself to crochet and knit, make stain glass lamps, took up bridge and achieved the rank of World Class Bridge player, grew a bountiful garden every year and managed to maintain several fruit bearing fig trees for over 50 years. Although she was a force to be reckoned with, Janet could be counted on to be there for you when you needed her the most, providing comfort, care and compassion to family and friends alike.
Some of Janet’s greatest loves were her family, her pets, in fact all animals, and a great sale at Dillard’s (if it was made in the USA). Janet leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews, but since she considered them her “children” they will be mentioned: Salem G. (Debbie) Shaheen of McLean, VA, Sharon (William) Vanden Eynden of Bel Air, MD, Lucy (Michael) Figg, Joseph (Tina) Cavalier, Jr , Zana (Michael) Demchak Jamie Shaheen of Bellflower, CA, Freddie (Selana) Shaheen of Charlotte, NC, Steven B. Shaheen of Bel Air, MD, Jennice (Gary) Welker, Dr. Louis (Lori) Shaheen, Timothy Shaheen of Columbus, OH, E. Michael (Chris) Shaheen of Columbus, OH and Brian (Pam) Shaheen of Chicago, IL. She is also survived by sisters-in-law Betty Shaheen, Peggy Shaheen, and Karen Shaheen of Columbus, OH, as well as 13 great-nieces and nephews and 12 great-great-nieces and nephews.
The family would like to personally thank her nephew, Dr. Louis Shaheen, for the extra care he provided and Jennice and Gary Welker for the extra love and attention they gave Janet, especially in her final years.
Family and friends will be received at the Rossi Family Funeral Home on Monday, April 24, 2023 from 6 to 8 p.m., Trisagion services to begin at 7:30 p.m.. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2023 at 11 a.m. at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, with Rev. Fr. Michael Corbin officiating, with visitation one hour prior in the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in her name to St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 1118 Cherry Avenue, Canton, Ohio 44704.
“Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.” Proverbs 31:31