Louise Ann (Halal) Hajj
Louise Ann (Halal) Hajj age 93 of Danbury passed away Monday, March 12, 2018 in her home surrounded by her family. Louise was born July 9, 1924, in Worcester, MA to the late Isabelle (Najemy) Halal and Elias Halal. Louise attended the nursing program at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester, MA where she received her RN. She worked in two VA hospitals in Massachusetts as a surgical nurse. She married in 1960 and moved to Danbury, CT to start a family. After raising her family Louise returned to private duty nursing and worked as a school nurse.
Louise was an exceptional homemaker; her greatest joy was having her family over and cooking middle eastern food for them. She was the de facto resident nurse to the children in the neighborhood. She devoted many years and hundreds of hours volunteering for several causes including the school library and as a classroom volunteer. She was a true example of a person who provided unconditional love to all.
She was a parishioner at St. Ann’s Melkite Church and an active member of the parish council & St. Ann’s Ladies Guild and an original member of the ladies baking group, a significant fundraising team for the church. Most of the current recipes used to this day have been handed down from her and her family. Over the years she was a religious education instructor, worked with the youth group and baked bread for communion. She was awarded the “Cross of Jerusalem” a mark of honor for her dedication and service to the church.
She was a loving wife, devoted mother, sister and grandmother. Her granddaughters were her pride and joy. She is predeceased by her brother Charles Halal. She is survived by her sister Corinne Halal of Danbury and three children; daughter Mary Hajj-Platt and son-in-law Andrew Platt of Danbury, son Charles Hajj and son-in-law Paul Giacomo of Manhattan NY, daughter Christine (Hajj) Goodsell and son-in-law Eric Goodsell of Brookfield and her 3 grandchildren Katie, Grace & Charlotte and several nieces and nephews.
She was known for her love of family, volunteerism, generosity and hospitality not to mention her incredible gift of cooking and baking. Her love for God was displayed in her everyday life by her kindness, understanding and love for people. She loved reading her Bible and faithfully attended Bible studies for many years.
The family will receive friends at St. Ann Melkite Church, 181 Clapboard Ridge Rd., Danbury, CT Friday March 16th from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
The Rite of Burial will take place in St. Ann Church on Saturday, March 17th at 10:00 am followed by burial at St. Peters Cemetery in Danbury.
Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury is in charge of arrangements.