During the early morning hours of Wednesday, April 13, 2011, Hilda reunited with all those loved ones who predeceased her. They were: her husband, John Kelush; father and mother, Samuel and Nabeha Abood; stepmother, Sarah Abood; sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Mitchell Nama; brothers, Hannibal (Carol) Abood, Fred (Pat) Abood, and Camille (Maryalice) Abood.
Hilda was born on July 23, 1923, and spent most of her life in Lansing. She attended Lansing Schools. After working for years in the family grocery business, she was then employed at High Class Beverage, MSU Federal Credit Union, and retired from the State of Michigan.
Hilda was a terrific homemaker with many cooking and baking skills, particularly in the preparation of several Lebanese dishes and pastries. Nothing pleased her more than to share her cooking with family, friends and neighbors. She was very generous in her attention to her church, St. Mary Cathedral, as a life-long parishioner, as well as to several other charities. During her retirement she also volunteered assistance to the Surgical Waiting Room at Sparrow Hospital.
Hilda is survived by her loving daughter, Alberta Kelush of Fenton Michigan; brother, Richard (Jennifer) Abood of Lansing; other sisters-in-law, Patricia Abood, Sheila Abood and Maryalice Abood. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
Our family is grateful to all those who gave love and attention to Hilda during her last years of suffering. Particular appreciation must be given to her loyal and loving friend over several decades, Mrs. Louise Shaheen, who provided Hilda unparalleled caring.
The Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 16, 2011, at St. Mary Cathedral, with Fr. Bernard Reilly as Celebrant. The family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, located in downtown Lansing at the corner of Walnut and Washtenaw, from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, and at the church from 9:00 a.m. Saturday until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Greater Lansing Food Bank or the Salvation Army.