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Barbara Ann Sawaya

Barbara Ann Sawaya

Died: Wednesday, January 07, 2004
Age: 51
St. Clair Shores resident Barbara Ann Sawaya, 51, died on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004, at Harper Hospital in Detroit after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer.

Born in Detroit on July 10, 1952, Mrs. Sawaya graduated from Dominican High School and attended Eastern Michigan University, University of Michigan and Wayne State University.

Known for her love, compassion, kindness and generosity, she loved cooking for her family and hosting picnics at the Farms Pier Park. She shared a unique bond with her daughter, Andrea.

Mrs. Sawaya worked for the State of Michigan for over 20 years. Her area of expertise included the Family Independence Agency Office of Child Support.

Devoted to raising awareness of ovarian cancer, she was an active member of Karmanos Cancer Institute’s Blooms for Tomorrow Gynecological Cancer Support Program as well as chairman of the Third Annual Gynecology Oncology Awareness Dinner at the Detroit Yacht Club in October 2003.

Her family would like to thank Dr. Adnan Munkarah and his staff at Karmanos Cancer Institute for their care and support for the past two years.

Mrs. Sawaya is survived by daughter Andrea (John) Ferguson; mother Dorothy Lisuk; sister Mary Lou (Richard) Ostrowski; brother Robert (Mary Lou) Lisuk; nephews Karl (Pam) Ostrowski and Adam Lisuk and niece Amy Lisuk. She was predeceased by her father George Lisuk.

A funeral mass was celebrated on Saturday, Jan. 10, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church. Interment is at Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery in Southfield. Arrangements were made by Chas. Verheyden, Inc.

Memorial contributions may be made to Karmanos Cancer Institute, Blooms for Tomorrow, 18831 West 12 Mile Rd., Lathrup Village, MI 48076.
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