LILY HAJJ, 93 of Lincoln, formerly of Highland Park, MI, entered eternal life on Nov. 19, 2014, peacefully at home surrounded by family. Born April 4, 1921, daughter of John and Esther (Ostenrud) Matson, on the family farm northeast of Battleview, ND.
Lily was raised on the farm, attended country school, and went on to graduate high school. As a young woman, she left the area in hopes of finding employment; she lived in Minneapolis and worked for Northwest Airlines – then moved on to Detroit, working at Park-Davis Pharmaceuticals.
She later married Saleem (Sam) Hajj making a home in Highland Park, MI. Sam passed away suddenly in Nov. 1962. She did not remarry; instead focused her attention on her two daughters and their education (Sylvia Hajj (Sabo) and Dr. Kathryn Hajj (Bree)) while also maintaining Sam’s busy coffee shop/restaurant.
She loved people, enjoyed friendships, and was passionate about her faith in God. Lily had a thirst for life and loved travel, culture and education. With her daughters, she traveled to Rome and ventured to Sweden, Norway, Finland, Russia, Greece and Turkey.
Her loving family includes: daughters, Sylvia (Jesse) Sabo of Prescott, MI, Dr. Kathryn (Cory Bree) Hajj of Lincoln, NE; grandchildren, Christian (Natasha), Jeannine, David, and Jason Sabo and Isabelle Bree; brothers, Calvin Matson of Damascas, OR, and Willard Matson of Devils Lake, ND; and Betsy (Palmer) Bakken of Fargo, ND.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Sat. Nov. 22 at Cathedral of the Risen Christ, 3500 Sheridan Blvd., Lincoln with a Visitation from 6:00 – 8:00 pm (Rosary 7 pm) on Fri. Nov. 21 at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln. Memorials may be made to Cathedral of Risen Christ deity for the education of young priests. www.wyuka.com