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Jocelyne Semaan

Jocelyne Abboud Semaan (Nasrallah)

Sunday, May 11th, 1947 - Friday, February 19th, 2021
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Obituary

Jocelyne Abboud Semaan of Grand Rapids, Michigan, (formerly of Bekfaya, Lebanon), age 73, fell asleep in the Lord on Friday, February 19, 2021. She was born to Abboud and Fadwa (Farran) Nasrallah on May 11, 1947, in Lebanon.

Jocelyne was the sixth of seven children born in Lebanon. They were a loving family who traveled the world and lived between France, Senegal, Jamaica and Lebanon. Their transient lives took each of them to all corners of the world, but no matter the distance they built their lives and raised their families with the same love and fervor for friends and family.

Jocelyne was married to Emile Semaan, who immigrated to Grand Rapids, MI to join his sister. Emile met Jocelyne’s mother, Fadwa, at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church and used to drive Fadwa and her sister to Church on Sundays in the 1970s. Fadwa introduced Emile to her daughter Jocelyne and the two began what would be a 43-year marriage.

Jocelyne loved to sit in the sun, especially at the Jamaican beaches with her sisters. Her tremendous love for life and her positivity always radiated through her smile and her works. She loved to snuggle her daughter, son, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She loved to host parties, to sing at Church, to travel the world, and to tell stories. She was a devout Christian whose love knew no boundaries.

Jocelyne is survived by her beloved husband Emile; loving children Jason and Marisela Semaan, George and Suzy Barsoum; grandchildren Aliyah, Alexander, Anthony and Elena.

She was preceded in death by her parents and all of her siblings.

The family would like to thank the kind and dedicated staff at Spectrum Health Rehab & Nursing and Spectrum Health Hospice for their care and compassion during Jocelyne’s recent years.

There will be a time of visitation from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, February 22, 2021, at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, at 334 La Grave Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503. The Trisagion will be prayed that same evening at 7:00 p.m.

The funeral service for Jocelyne will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 23 at St. George. Fr. Andrew Honore will be presiding. There will also be a one hour visitation prior to the service.

Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to send flowers or make a memorial contribution to St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, February 22nd, 2021 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Monday, February 22nd, 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
    Address
    334 La Grave Avenue SE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Monday, February 22nd, 2021 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Monday, February 22nd, 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
    Address
    334 La Grave Avenue SE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
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  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021 | 11:00am
    When
    Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021 11:00am
    Location
    St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
    Address
    334 La Grave Avenue SE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Fr. Andrew Honoré
  • Interment

    Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021 | 12:30pm
    When
    Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021 12:30pm
    Location
    Woodlawn Cemetery
    Address
    Address Not Available

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