Nahil I. (Ansara) Zananiri Print E-mail

Nahil I. (Ansara) Zananiri

Beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend

 Nahil I. (Ansara) Zananiri, 94, of Lowell, matriarch to a well-known Greater Lowell family, passed away Friday morning May 25, 2018, peacefully at home with her loving family by her side.
 Nahil was the beloved wife of the late Abraham E. Zananiri who died July 7, 1982.
 Born in Jerusalem, March 25, 1924, a daughter of the late Issa and the late Mary (Koutab) Ansara, she received her education while living in Jerusalem.
 In 1967, Nahil, her husband and children immigrated to the United States from Amman, Jordan, eventually relocating to Lowell, Massachusetts.
 The mother of nine, Nahil was a full-time homemaker whom enjoyed cooking for family and friends, gardening and traveling with her family.  However, her greatest joy in life was the time she spent with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who lovingly adored their “Tata”.
 Active with her church, St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Lowell, Nahil was a proud member of the Ladies Society.
 Nahil is the devoted mother of five daughters, Hilda Zananiri of Lowell (whom would pass away later the same day), Nadia Hassey and her husband Donald, Henrietta Zananiri and Rema Lichtenstein and her husband Michael all of Dracut, Rhonda Murray and her husband Gregory of Tyngsboro; three sons, Elias Zananiri and his wife Martha Nelson of York Beach, ME, William Zananiri and his wife Gina of South Berwick, ME and Nabeel Zananiri and Victoria Gatsas of York Beach, ME; nine grandchildren, Sherine Halligan and her husband David, Jennifer Lowe and her husband Matthew, Eric Hassey and his wife Rona, Shaun and Arielle Lichtenstein, Danielle and Michelle Zananiri and Ryan and Tyler Murray; four great grandchildren, Brennan and Emerson Halligan and Eva and Matthew Lowe; a sister Huda Diekmann of Evansville, IN; and many nieces and nephews.
 Nahil was also the mother of the late Henry Zananiri.
 The family expresses their deep gratitude to Circle Home Health & Hospice Care and Lowell General Hospital for the loving care they gave to Nahil.
Friends may call at ST. GEORGE ANTIOCHIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH 44 BOWERS ST. in Lowell from 4 to 8 P.M. Thursday. Her Funeral and her daughter Hilda’s Funeral will take place Friday morning at 10 o’clock at the Church followed by their burials at the Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 44 Bowers St., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME (978) – 458-8768.          

Condolences (5)
  • Rhonda Murray  - The longest year of my life.......
    My Dearest Mom, On Sunday June 2, we had a one year memorial mass for you and Hilda. It is still all very surreal to me and unbelievable to think I said I love you and goodbye one year ago. The hole in my heart is still as big as it was then and I miss you more and more with each passing day. I still long for one more day to see your smiling face, to hug you and kiss your cheek and tell you how much I love you. I hope you are happy in heaven and free from pain. Please look down from time to time and send me a sign so I know you are happy and doing well. You are forever in my heart, thoughts and prayers and always will be until I see you again. All my love always and forever. Your loving "baby" daughter, Rhonda
  • Rhonda Murray  - Still Can't Believe You Are Gone.......
    My Dearest Mom, Today was the 40-day memorial mass at St. George Church for you and Hilda. So many family members and friends were gathered to honor you both. It is still hard for me to believe and accept that you are really gone. I miss you more and more each day and wish I could turn back the clock and see you one more time. One more time to hug you, kiss your cheek, hold your hand, and tell you how much I love you and what a wonderful mother you were throughout my life. Ryan and Tyler miss their loving "Tata" so much. I know I will see you again someday in the future, but until that day comes, my heart will remain forever broken. I miss you so much and will love you always and forever! Your loving "baby" daughter, Rhonda
  • Joann Piazza
    I have known Hilda for awhile. She was a wonderful person. I went to her fundraisers at her church. She always made sure everyone had enough to eat and had a good time. I will miss her very much. I will keep her in my prayers. Love Joann Piazza
  • Joann Piazza
    I was very fortunate to meet and know this lovely lady. I met Helen through her daughter Nadia. I will miss her dearly and my thoughts and prayers go out to her family. Love, Joann Piazza
  • Elias S Zananiri  - Aunt Nahil
    Dear Aunt Nahil, your presence and energy will be missed, we love you. Dear cousins, my aunt Nahil and cousin Hilda be in your life through your cherished memories and love. From elias, Maher and Adele.
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