Leo Shababy Sr of Suwanee, GA. (Northlake, IL) 92, passed away on July 31, 2018. To Leo, family was the most important reason for living. His love and care for his family was what defined his life. Before family, his early days were marked by military service in WWII, where he served in the Navy as a PM2C assigned to the 1st Marine division in the pacific from 1942 / 1946. He was awarded the Navy Commendation Metal, the Bronze Star, and a Purple Heart. After returning from the war he met Madeline Levita, whom he married on August 3, 1946. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Madeline, children Judith Hudspeth, Michael Shababy, Larry Shababy, Anthony Shababy, Leo Shababy Jr., Jean Shababy Dale, and Louis Shababy. Grandchildren: Lisa, Laura, Nick, Sarah, Carrie-Anne, Phillip, Gabriel, Jordan, Jessica, Lea, Dominic, Benjamin, Timothy, Madeline, Jared, and Jenna. Great-Grandchildren, Joleen, Aimee, Sarah, Jay-Dean, James, Jessica, Roman, Adrian-Michael, Maverick, Natalia, Isabella, (sarah’s son), Hayden, Riley, Hudson, Sydney, Darcy, Hannah, Kayla, Luke, Amelia, Liam, and Camille. Great-Great Grandchildren: Aiden, Benjamin, Olivia, Colton, and Emerson. Leo was a member of the St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church, in Sandy Springs GA., where he served as sub-Deacon, and is beloved by the entire congregation who adopted him as father, uncle, or granddad. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and great-great grandfather, a devoted Christian, and caring member of his church and community, who never failed to do anything in his power to help others. A wake will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., on Sunday August 5th, at Wages and Son Funeral home. 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lawrenceville GA. A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. at St Joseph’s Maronite Catholic Church 6025 Glenridge Dr., Sandy Springs, GA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St Jude’s Research Hospital for Children.

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  1. My heart is heavy with sorrow at your loss, but I rejoice that he is with our Lord, where every illness and pain is taken away. I will forever hold the memory of waiting on your porch for him to come home from work so I could ask if I could eat with you….The entire Wagner Drive crowd will be waiting for the next luau in heaven. We love you all and will continue to pray for Leo’s soul and your peace.

  2. Leo was my parent’s first friend when they joined St Joseph’s parish many years ago. Over the years, my parents became very close to Leo and Madeline. I met Leo on occasion and found him to be a friendly, unassuming soul who looked for the best in everyone. Leo’s service to this nation during WWII’s darkest days and combat should leave a sense of awe and purpose in all of us across America. My deepest sympathies to the Shababy family at this time.

  3. Leo was one of the kindest, friendliest people I ever met. Always smiling and always genuinely interested in my life. Thoughts and prayers are with Madeline and the family.

  4. When I first met my Jido, I thought, “could I really be this lucky.to have such an awesome Grandpa”? He was strong and tall and I will never forget him. Thank you for making me feel special, every time I was around you.

  5. Madeline, Leo was one of a kind. He always had a smile and kind word. I remember how welcoming you two were to my parents, Myrle and Joe Shediack when we came down to check out the parish since they were new transplants to Georgia. Leo taught my son Keith to be an altar server. I am sure my folks witnessed Leo cross through the gates of heaven and welcomed him. 🙏

  6. I am writing this with a heavy heart. Uncle Leo was a great person who will be missed by all. Keeping you all in my Thoughts & Prayers. R.I.P. Uncle Leo I know my Dad is waiting for you in Heaven.

  7. Though I only saw Leo a handful of times, I completely understand the current outpouring of love. He was one of those rare people who always made sure you felt warm and welcome in his presence. What a wonderful couple, he and Madeline. My heart goes out to Madeline and the family. As for Leo, he is fine now and heaven has a new precious resident.

  8. What a beautiful soul with a beautiful legacy. We knew him as Jeddo. Grandfather to our dear friend Ben. Ben is one of the best people we know with a strong consistent moral character. We know this comes from Jeddo who left a major mark on Bens life and it’s alive in him. Our deepest sympathies for this wonderful family!

    Love,
    Mike and Lindsey Johnson

  9. Dear Madeline and family,
    It is always such a loss to lose the patriarch, and Leo was a fine example in the truest sense of the word! Our deepest sympathies to you, Madeline, and the rest of your lovely family.
    Love,

    Jeff and Cindy Taylor

  10. Dear Madeline and family,
    So sorry for your loss. Leo was a role model for all. May you all find comfort and healing knowing that he now rests in peace.
    Love,
    Mary Najjar Hughes, Fr, Sam Najjar , and extended Najjar families

  11. Leo was always enjoyable company!

    I am sorry for your loss but also thankful that you had him with you for so long. Not many can say 72 years. Such a blessing!

    My prayers are with you, Madeline, and your family.

    With love
    Melanie Tiber Wantz

  12. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with Your Family. Leo was a Gentleman’s Gentleman. and a True Role Model for us all. Rest in Peace Our Brother in Christ.

    Roman and Marti Byczek

  13. We are so sad to hear of Leo’s passing. Please know we are praying for you all during this very difficult time. When we had the honor of being around Leo, we always felt so welcome and loved as part of his family. He had the sweetest smile and great sense of humor. We will miss Leo tremendously!

  14. Dear Mrs. Madeline Shababy and Family,

    The love we have for Leo and your family runs deep. His loss is devestating and painful for all of us. I will never forget his smile, his upbeat personality, his frankness, and the love he had for his family and for the many friends and acquaintances he met during the time we knew him.

    For the 20 plus years I knew him he taught me about humility, the importance of family, and how to be a good husband and a good businessman.

    I am very sad he is gone, he is a second father to me, but I will smile all the time thinking of the life lessons he taught me and the times we spent together. His “Leo-isms” and his hard work ethic were inspirational.

    Good Bless Leo, and God bless the Shababy family.

  15. With Deepest Sympathy Keeping Your Family in Loving Thoughts and Prayers. Praying that God will comfort your hearts and lift your spirits and carry you through this time of sadness to a place of peace.

  16. Judy we are so sorry for the loss of your father Leo. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the Shababy Family during this difficult time.

  17. Hi everybody it’s Sarah Shababy, Anthony’s daughter. Leo was my paternal grandfather and is to this day living in heaven I’m so glad he walked through the Gates of Heaven to be with Jesus he lived in life dedicated to God in all sincerity and showed us so much love. His gentleness, great sense of humor, amazing handsomeness all the way till the end and his amazing Insight, wisdom and Common Sense always came through in every situation giving agreat advice and being there as a father figure to everybody. His energy was always light, he always reflected Jesus and God in his countenance. I rarely saw anything but a big smile on his face with a sense of laughter behind it .

    He was telling jokes all the time, and many times came across as serious until the punchline when I realized that the whole thing was a joke. I
    only regret that he didn’t get to meet my son Christian who is (Sarah’s Son). My son Christian Andrew also bears the last name Shababy. He will also carry on The Legacy of Leo. What a great man he was (is) I’m so glad he was around as long as he was.

    He had such a strength and did everything he could with what he was given, even much better than anybody could have expected. The hand of God was on him strongly and I often witnessed him going into his room to pray for hours. What a great example of a man of God he is. I love you and only regret that I didn’t see you before you left to be with Jesus. Love Sarah Shababy

  18. When I think of Jiddo, I have to laugh because that’s what we did when we were together. We laughed. A lot. I loved listening to his stories. He loved listening to mine. He hugged tighter than anyone I know. I will miss him but hold on to being able to see him again someday. I love you Jiddo ❤️ Your granddaughter, Lisa

  19. He was a blessing to all who knew him. May God’s perfect peace envelop Leo’s family and friends in this time of great loss. My prayers are with you all. God bless.

  20. What a beautiful legacy this man left in all of his children, grandchildren and great and great-great grandchildren. May God wrap His loving arms around each of you and bring you peace in knowing Leo passed joyfully into Heaven. Special hugs to cousins Leo and Monica on the loss of your Dad! I’m sorry I cannot be with you during this sad time!

  21. Leo was one of kind. God call him home.I never met wonderful man like Leo an bet i never will. I will truly miss him. God bless the family of shaybabys. Love you all. Mr Joseph Futrell

  22. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Shababy family in these times of great pain and sorrow.

  23. My thoughts and prayers are with the Shababy family. I recently met Leo and his beautiful wife Madeline when I was recuperating in rehab after surgery. Madeline’s caring nature and heartfelt concern for me was a blessing. I had the privilege of getting to talk to Leo and read his book about his life. I shared with him my honor in meeting him and thanked him for his service to our country and continuing service to his fellow man. I was pleased to have the pleasure of talking brieflywith him about faith, love, life and family. It was an honor to meet them and get to know them as well as some of their family.

  24. Dear Madeline & Family,
    Subdeacon Claude and I were very saddened to hear of Leo’s death. Your loss is very real, as we both know the emptiness that comes when those we love so dearly are no longer within our reach. We will miss seeing Leo during our annual “retreats”.
    What we all do know, though, in our great faith, is that Leo is resting in God’s loving arms now and forever.

    God has blessed you with a wonderful large family. Hold close to one another, as time allows you to heal.
    Please know that we have kept you in our prayers.
    Allah Ma’coun.
    Sincerely,
    Marsha El-khouri and Subdeacon Claude Shiver

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