Services

Visitation One

Thu. Jul. 29, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Our Lady of the Cedars Maronite Catholic Church

11935 Bellfort Village Drive
Houston , TX 77031.

Rosary

Thu. Jul. 29, 2021
6:30 pm

Our Lady of the Cedars Maronite Catholic Church

11935 Bellfort Village Drive
Houston , TX 77031.

Funeral Mass

Thu. Jul. 29, 2021
7:00 pm

Our Lady of the Cedars Maronite Catholic Church

11935 Bellfort Village Drive
Houston , TX 77031.
Thu. Jul. 29, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Our Lady of the Cedars Maronite Catholic Church
11935 Bellfort Village Drive
Houston , TX 77031.
Thu. Jul. 29, 2021
6:30 pm
Our Lady of the Cedars Maronite Catholic Church
11935 Bellfort Village Drive
Houston , TX 77031.
Thu. Jul. 29, 2021
7:00 pm
Our Lady of the Cedars Maronite Catholic Church
11935 Bellfort Village Drive
Houston , TX 77031.
In Memory of
Georgette Chemali Handal
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Georgette Chemali Handal was born in Daroun, Lebanon on May 29, 1922 and passed away in Houston on July 22, 2021.  In her 99 years on this earth, she led a blessed, interesting and fulfilled life.

Born to Elias and Negibe Chemali, Georgette remembers as a young child the adults talking about the past flu epidemic (of 1918), and later hearing discussions about people’s hardships during the Great Depression.

When her future husband’s family moved in next door,  she met and married Mike Handal, the love of her life, in 1939 at the young age of 18.  They settled in Bethlehem, Jordan where they raised their children – George, William and Adeline.

Looking for a better future, the family immigrated to the U.S. in 1962 and settled in Houston where their kids also pursued their higher education.  Georgette and Mike both felt America was the land of opportunities and were proud of their children who succeeded in the fields of pharmacy, real estate and journalism.

Georgette is preceded in death by her loving husband Mike, her two sisters Violet and Blanche and her brother Tony.  She is also preceded in death by her dear daughter-in-law Suzie Handal and her beloved granddaughter Casey Handal.

Georgette is survived by her son George and wife Mona, her son William and wife Jalana, and her daughter Adeline and husband Michael.  She is also survived by her 4 beloved grandsons Michael and wife Jessica Handal, and Phil (P.J.) and wife Stacey Handal,  all of Chicago; Antony and wife Liz Handal of Houston; and Andrew Sorgenfrei of San Antonio.  They gave her the name “Grandma Habibi” because that’s what she called them.  One of the things she loved to do was introduce her Lebanese cooking to her grandchildren while they were growing up.

Georgette is also survived by her seven great grandchildren – George, Jack, and Emma Handal;  Payton and Reese Kozlowski; and Will and Lizzy Handal, all of Chicago.  She leaves behind many other relatives and friends who loved spending time with her.

Georgette never met a brownish plant she couldn’t turn green, and don’t make plans for Friday ‘cause Georgette was off to Bingo!  She enjoyed her social time through the years with the wonderful ladies of the Lebanese charity club of St. George’s Orthodox Church.  She also loved traveling to Lebanon,  the Holy Land, Central America, Europe and on Caribbean cruises.

Georgette never mastered modern technology.  But when introduced to the IPAD with Facebook and endless photos of her great grandchildren, she was hooked!  During Facetime she often left lipstick marks on the screen with virtual kisses. During her later years, she always looked back on her life and felt blessed to have her family around her as much as possible.

Visitation and services will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 29, 2021 at Our Lady of The Cedars Catholic Church, 11935 Bellfort Village St., Houston 77031.  Officiated by Father Milad Yaghi, the services will be followed by a mercy dinner for family and friends.  Her family has decided on a private graveside service  at 10 a.m. the following morning.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Lady of The Cedars Catholic Church.

The family would like to recognize the staffs of Memorial Hermann and Clarewood House for the care and comfort they provided Georgette during her illness.   George, William and Adeline want to thank their friends for the support and caring they showed as the 3 of them navigated their Mother’s illness during the last month of her amazing life.