Afifie J. Haddad, 79, of Allentown and Manhattan, and formerly of Boyertown, passed away on February 24, 2011, at The Frederick Mennonite Community where she was a patient since February 10th.
She was the loving wife of Donald “Mike” Kaas, and the devoted daughter of the late Alfred and Pauline (Charles) Haddad to whom she was their first child born on March 16, 1931, in Allentown. In addition to her husband, she is also survived by two sisters; Thelma Unger, widow of the late Daniel D. Unger, of Boyertown, and Barbara Romesburg, wife of Harold Romesburg, of Drexel Hill, and a brother; Charles A. Haddad, husband of Mary Louise Haddad, of Boyertown. She was predeceased by a brother; the late George Haddad, husband of Virginia Haddad, of Allentown. She is also survived by a step-son; Donald Kaas, husband of the late Deborah Kaas, of Palm, a step-daughter; Dorothy Fisher, wife of John Fisher, of Peoria, IL., and many nephews, nieces, cousins, aunts, and friends, all of whom shall miss her dearly.
Afifie was a graduate of Boyertown High School and a Commencement Speaker at graduation for the class of 1949, and she had attended Susquehanna University. Afifie established her residence in Allentown, but also maintained an apartment in Manhattan during the 35 years she was president of an apparel manufacturing company she started with her brother, Charles, in 1975. Afifie managed the New York sales office which sales generated by her helped build the vertical knitwear manufacturing company, Ocello, Inc., of 250 employees in Richland, Pa. She developed the business with sales to Sears, J.C. Penney, Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Lands End, Eddie Bauer, L.L. Bean, and many others.
Prior to moving to Manhattan, Afifie was active in many Boyertown Community groups, including the Junior Women’s Club, of which she served as president, and Faith Chapter of Eastern Star, of which she served as Worthy Matron. She was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Boyertown, where she served as a choir member, youth advisor, teacher, and faithful worshipper at Sunday Services.
In Manhattan, she was a member of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church. The Visitation Pastor from that church, The Rev. Helen E. Jackson, was a faithful visitor and spiritual advisor for Afifie during her long illness in Manhattan. Pastor Jackson will join family and friends in Boyertown to deliver the Meditation at the service for Afifie at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Boyertown.
Having a lifelong interest in classical music and ballet, Afifie enjoyed attending many concerts of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and performances of the New York City Ballet. She also enjoyed classical organ music as was played at her New York home church, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian. Her love for organ music motivated her younger sister, Barbara, to become an accomplished church organist.
A service of Thanksgiving to God for the life of Afifie Haddad will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, with the family meeting friends and relatives from 9:15-10:15 AM at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 45 North Reading Avenue, Boyertown, Pa., 19512, and the Service of Christian Burial at 10:30 AM. with the Rev. John G. Pearson presiding. The Rev. Helen E. Jackson will deliver the Meditation, and Ranee Reitz will be the organist. Barbara Romesburg, Afifie’s sister, will also be an organist. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Boyertown.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Landscape Fund, 45 N. Reading Avenue, Boyertown, Pa., 19512, or to the Frederick Mennonite Community, 2849 Big Road, Frederick, Pa., 19435.