Selim D. Kanaan 1941-2020

LIBERTY — Selim “Sam” D. Kanaan, 79, of Liberty Township, passed on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in the Austintown Healthcare Center.

Sam was born in Youngstown on May 13, 1941, the son of Deeb and Mary Michael Kanaan. He was always proud of his Lebanese heritage.

After graduation, Sam joined the Navy, where he served as a corpsman from 1960 to 1964.

He was a graduate of Youngstown State University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in nursing. He began his nursing career at Southside Hospital and then Northside Hospital, retiring after 30 years.

Sam was married to Jackie Hienko Gordon of Newton Falls for 35 years.

Besides his wife, he will be sadly missed by his daughter, Lisa Golterman; his stepsons, Rick (Sue) Gordon of Canfield, Michael (Dawn) Gordon and Greg (Tina) Gordon of Columbus; and his adored nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Sam also had five sisters that survive him, Odie Martino, Jeanette Thomas, Patty Policy, Polly Drombetta and Marian Bailey.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Delores Joseph.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, at St. Rose Catholic Church, 48 E. Main St., Girard, OH 44420. Masks are required if attending the Mass.

In place of flowers, contributions may be made, in memory of Sam, to St. Rose Catholic Church or to the Emmanuel Community Care Center, 2 N. State St., Girard, OH 44420.

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