Lorraine K. (Deban) Laham, a life-long parishioner of St. George in Boston, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family on February 8, 2013. She was 84 years old.
Lorraine was born in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston as the youngest of nine siblings. She is preceded in death by all of her siblings; the late Freda Hanna, Helen Zahlaway, Mathilda Teebagy, Nellie Laham, Frederick Deban, Margaret Resha, Elizabeth Weinstein and Edith Eouse. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Herbert Laham. Lorraine and Herbie had two loving sons, Antiochian Archdiocese Board of Trustees member Gregory Laham and the late Jeffery Laham. When Jeff passed away in 1995 it was an especially difficult time for the family. Fortunately, Lorraine was comforted by her family and by the monks at Holy Transfiguration Monastery and the nuns Holy Nativity Convent in nearby Brookline, MA. They became lifelong friends and were always there for her.
She remained a homemaker for most of her adult life, until the family purchased Sullivan's Pharmacy in 1976. She worked at Sullivan's Pharmacy for the next 25 years. She helped Sullivan's grow into a thriving business until she finally retired in 1998. However, her whole life centered around her family. Greg and his wife Debbie have two grown sons, Keith and James. But few things brought more joy to Lorraine than spending time with her great-grandsons, Junior and Jordan.
Unfortunately, over the years Lorraine had many ailments. When her sister Helen passed in 1991 her niece Marion stayed at Lorraine's side for the last 20 years. Marion was entirely devoted and was there for her till the end. She and Marion went to the E.R. many times over the last several years, always going home against medical advice. Anyone who knew her would not be surprised. With this last illness Lorraine made it clear that she was not going to be hospitalized and wanted to die in her own home. When she passed she was at home with her loving family by her side.
Lorraine was also a beloved aunt to several other loving nieces and nephews and a dear sister-in-law to Rose Deban of Brighton.
Lorraine's Funeral Service was celebrated at St. George Church by His Grace Bishop John, V. Rev. Timothy Ferguson, and V. Rev. Michael Ellias on Wednesday February 13, 2013.
Contributions in Lorraine’s memory may be made to the Jeffrey L. Laham Memorial Fund c/o St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, P.O.Box 320164, West Roxbury, MA 02132. May her memory be eternal!