Evelyn Agamie, of Branford, formerly of New Jersey and Florida, died Thursday February 5, 2015 at home, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Louis Agamie.
Mrs. Agamie was born in Phillipsburg, NJ, September 17, 1924, daughter of the late Norman and Zekia Makoujy Mowad. Before World War I Evelyn's grandmother, Sadie Makoujy, came to the United States from Alepo, Syria to escape religious persecution. After the war, Sadye sent for her daughter Zekia and son Joseph who came through Ellis Island in 1921 and settled in Phillipsburg, NJ. Evelyn was born in Phillipsburg and moved to Brooklyn, NY in 1940 working in the garment district. In 1941 the family returned to New Jersey, settling in Paterson. Evelyn met her beloved husband Louis at a church party in 1941 and waited for him to complete his military service in the U. S. Army Air Corps. They were married in 1946 when he returned home. She was a co-owner and chef for Agamie Brothers Delicatessen in Clifton, NJ. She also worked as an executive chef in New Jersey.
Evelyn and Louis moved permanently to Florida in 1989 and noticed that many of their friends from St. Ann Melkite Church in West Paterson, NJ were also in that area during the winter. Missing their Eastern Catholic traditions, they desired to have their own church, since the only Melkite Church in Florida was in Miami, an hour's drive south. So, with the close collaboration of Magdi Negm, a Melkite who lived in Boca Raton all year, and later a deacon in the church, they found names in the phone books in the area and started to enlist them to join their new mission. That mission later became St. Nicholas Church, now a full-fledged parish, with a lovely new church, on Lake Ida Road in Delray Beach. This church was established in 1990, now celebrating its 25th anniversary. For her dedication and steadfast commitment to the church, Evelyn was awarded, in 2000, the Cross of Jerusalem, the highest award given by the Melkite Catholic Patriarch.
Evelyn is survived by her children, Richard (Evelyn) Agamie of Branford, Louis (Stacie) Agamie of Portland, OR, and Norman (Donna) Agamie of Freemansburg, PA; her grandchildren, Lisa, Emilie, Jennifer, Brian, Wenwen, Jordan and Justin and her great-granddaughter, Ava; her brothers, Anthony and George Mowad. She is also survived by her many wonderful and loving friends in Florida. Evelyn was predeceased by her brother Edward Mowad.
Family and friends may call Saturday February 7, 2015 from 3 – 5 PM at the W. S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home, 244 North Main Street, Branford. Funeral service and burial will be in New Jersey.
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