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NAJEEBA M. KARAM, RENOWNED ARABIC SINGER
JUNE 28, 1911 -- JULY 22, 2004

Najeeba M. Karam of Buffalo, a well-known international Arabic singer for more than three decades, died Thursday in Ridgeview Manor Nursing Home in South Buffalo. She was 93.

Born Najeeba Morad in Troy, she attended St. Mary's High School in New Bedford, Mass., and moved to Buffalo in 1952.

Mrs. Karam sang throughout the United States from 1936 to 1971. She was a homemaker for the remainder of her life.

She was a member of St. John Maron Catholic Church in Amherst and its Altar and Rosary Society.

Her husband, Toufic M., died in 1991.

Survivors include two sons, Michael T. of Buffalo and David of Cheektowaga; three sisters, Freda Thomas of Hyde Park, Mass., Rose Mobayed of Dorchester, Mass., and Edna Morad-Swanson of Boston, Mass.; seven brothers, Frederick Morad of Dorchester, Mass., Victor of Holbrook, Mass., James, Joseph, Edward and Naseeb, all of Quincy, Mass., and Michael of North Quincy, Mass.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in St. John Maron Church, 2040 Wehrle Drive, Amherst. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.

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