November 8, 1928 ~ May 12, 2020

Born in: Columbus, OH
Resided in: Akron, OH

Nov. 8, 1928 – May 12, 2020

Frances M. Sawaya passed away peacefully of natural causes on May 12 with her loving family by her side. Born and raised in the Victorian Village area of Columbus to Sadie and Daniel Khoury, she assisted her immigrant parents in their 5&10¢ store. After graduating from Holy Rosary High School and Bliss College, she met and married Al; they moved to NE Ohio, finally settling in West Akron and St. Sebastian’s parish. Caring for her five children led Fran to volunteer work with many church-related groups. In 1970, she became parish secretary, a position she held for 23 years. Her involvement with the church increased over her six decades of service and membership in the parish to include the Sanctuary Society, Little Flower Garden Club (past president), and serving as a Eucharistic Minister. She helped coordinate Parish Bereavement luncheons, a ministry she joined after her husband Al passed away. Frances also took over his Board of Elections polling duties. She was a charter member of both Christ Child Society (55 years) and Ronald McDonald House of Akron (30+ years), a member of the National Council of Catholic Women (two Woman of the Year awards, several officer positions), and loved being one of the Hot Dog Ladies. A wonderful cook and seamstress, Frances also enjoyed playing Bridge, golfing, and bowling. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, and friend to many, and will be greatly missed. Preceded in death by her parents, loving husband Albert R. Sawaya, and siblings Christine (Dwyer), Daniel, Bertha (Durgham), Moses, Peter, Paul, Joseph, and John. Survived by sister Catherine (Delaney) and sister-in-law Zelfa Sawaya; children Francine (Peter) Glennon, Judine (Tim) Boebel, Albert (Lori) Sawaya II, Nadine (Vicki Silvey) Sawaya, and Corey (Sarah) Sawaya; grandchildren Julia (Mike) Jolliff, Dana (Mike) Foulds, Katie (Rick) Lavelle, Jenni (Adam) Kunsch, Christine (Steven) Paul, Jessica (Derek) Clinger, Jacob Sawaya, and Nicholas Sawaya; great-grandchildren William, Sadie, Hailey, Ryan, Madelyn, Andrew, Bree, Jack, Russell, and Ryder; many loving nieces and nephews who traveled to visit her. Special thanks from her grateful family to the staff at The Village of St. Edward and Summa Health Hospice for exceptional care. A private burial was held on May 14th. A celebration of her life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Fran’s name to Ronald McDonald House of Akron, 141 W. State St, Akron; The Village of St. Edward Foundation, 3131 Smith Rd, Fairlawn and Christ Child Society of Akron, PO Box 13411, Akron 44334

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  1. Aunt Fran will always be remembered for her kind and generous heart. She and Uncle Al raised a beautiful family. Our hearts are with you all❤️

  2. We love you Grandma! <3 You loved others with all of your heart. You were such a role model to so many. Tell Grandpa hi for us and give him a big hug. I am sure you are laughing and dancing in heaven already!

  3. Dear Francine, Judine, Al, Nadine and Corey,
    Aunt Fran knew early on what love looked like to many and
    she open-heartedly gave that love with with joyful energy.
    I will keep her loving light in my heart forever. Love to all.
    Jean, her niece

  4. I worked with Al many years ago at Goodyear Chem Div. Fran’s cooking was the very best and they were a wonderful couple to know.

    John Fiedler

    • Thank for those kind words. Mom and Dad were always fond of you, and you are a part of our cherished family memories. Mom was so excited when I told her that I saw you give a speech at the Indy 500.

  5. To Zelfa Sawaya: Dear “Z”, I saw a Sawaya obit in the Columbus Dispatch and reading through found that she was your sister-in-law. She certainly was a vibrant giving lady. I’m sending my condolences to you and your family. I hope you are well and enduring this virus challenge. It’s been a long time since I left Parker and moved to Columbus area but I reflect often on our days in “mahogany row”. Stay safe.
    Best regards,
    Marilyn Valois

  6. Fran was such a loving and caring person. She was always interested in everyone and everything. I can only hope to be more like her as she made the world a better place.

    • Ann ,
      Thank you. We are glad she died peacefully and we were able to visit her in her last days.

  7. To Frans loving family,
    I was very saddened to learn of Frans passing. She was such a lovely
    person and will be missed by her wonderful family and all who knew her.
    My thoughts, prayers and condolences are with you all.
    Peggy Simon

  8. My sincere sympathy to the family of dear Frances. It was a pleasure to get to know this lively, caring woman at the Village of St. Edward. She always had that warm and welcoming smile when anyone came into her presence. I so enjoyed her involvement with any of the activities provided. She loved to come to the Tea parties. May she rest in the loving embrace of our gracious God who she served so very well
    May your memories give you comfort and peace in the days ahead.
    With prayers and rich blessings,
    Sr. Marilyn Ambrosic, OP
    Sr. Marilyn Ambrosic, OP

  9. To the Sawaya family, I’m sad to hear of your Mother’s passing. I really thought a lot of her. I’m sure that she will be sorely missed by all. you all have my deepest sympathies.just know that she is in a better place now and still looking down on all of you.

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