Methuen — Shiraz (Abourizk) Zalaket, 56, of Methuen, Mass., fell asleep peacefully to the Lord on Sunday February 23, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.
A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, affectionately called “Teta,” aunt, and cherished friend to all, she devoted her life to caring and providing for her family. Shiraz’s unconditional love and strong family values will carry on through her six children and eight grandchildren. Her undeniable faith in God helped her every day of her life, and especially over the past several months. She put all her trust in God and relied on the Virgin Mary’s protection during challenging times in her life. She was also a longtime employee of Lucent Technologies.
Born in Aita El Foukhar, Lebanon, to the late Georges and Takla (Haddad) Abourizk. Shiraz immigrated to the United States in 1975, with her beloved husband, Abdallah A. Zalaket, to begin their new life together.
She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 40 years, Abdallah A. Zalaket; her six children, Antoinette (Zalaket) Perlack and husband, Daniel E. Perlack Jr. of Windham, N.H., Sabine Zalaket of Dracut, Mass., Antoine Zalaket of Methuen, Mass., Christine (Zalaket) Najjar and her husband, Rony Najjar of Methuen, George Zalaket of Windham, N.H., and Michael Zalaket of New York; and grandchildren, Alexandra Perlack, Daniel E. Perlack III, Demetri Bouras, Andre Bouras, Ranya Bouras, Michael Najjar, Maya Najjar, and Malia Najjar; her siblings include Silva (Abourizk) Jalbout, Joseph Abourizk, Tony Abourizk, Marie (Abourizk) Haddad, Hala (Abourizk) Awad, and Issa Abourizk. She is survived by several nieces and nephews
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Wednesday, February 26, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley Street, Methuen. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., on Thursday, February 27, at St. Joseph’s Melkite Church, 241 Hampshire St., Lawrence, Mass. Interment will be in the United Lebanese Cemetery, Lawrence. Donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Melkite Church. For directions and condolences, please visit www.cataudellafh.com.