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Jeanette Elizabeth Akmal Momma…Mommy…Tuffy…Big Mama…Granny…Aunt Jeanette or Mrs. Akmal, she responded the same to all, with a compassionate spirit and a warm smile. Today we celebrate the life of Jeanette Elizabeth Akmal, an angel that God blessed us all with for 90 years. She was a loving daughter, a devoted wife, a caring sister, a nurturing mother, an understanding grandmother, and an entertaining aunt. She was a woman that gave all of herself to her family and others. Willing to share with anyone she met. She provided tuff love when required but always managed to give hugs and kisses and you knew that you were loved, unconditionally. Jeanette was born in Blairsville, Pennsylvania, August 23, 1922, but was raised in Pittsburgh, PA and lived there until her early adulthood. She didn't have an easy life, but she managed to have a good life. At the age of 23 she started her own family and gave birth to her first born baby girl, Cheryl followed by Keenan, Ahmad and Aliah. Raising her children brought her tremendous joy and In 1955 Jeanette, her husband Burhan Akmal and their children, moved to California and began living their lives as Orthodox Muslims. The transition from Christianity was easy, as they were surrounded by their loving family which included her father in-law, Saeed Akmal, who was the founding member of the first Orthodox Mosque in Los Angeles. This was one of the happiest times of her life. Jeanette was, at last, enjoying her life which now consisted of her grandchildren, family events and social activities until her mother needed her and she moved back and forth from Los Angeles to Pittsburgh several times until her mother's passing at age 98. Jeanette returned to California for good to pick up where she left off. She laughed often and danced every chance she got. In the early years it was Nat King Cole and in her later years it was Usher and Nelly's, it's getting hot in Here. Over the course of the last seven years, Alzheimer's aggressively seized her short term memory. But one thing is for sure, she never forgot her love of men. She fired Usher for President Obama. He was her man. Every time she saw his face on TV she would say, "Look, Look. There he is …my man" Our love for her is next to our love of God. She's our phenomenal woman. She leaves behind four children and their spouses, seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, one sister, and host of nieces and nephews. Sometime after, Burhan fell ill and Jeanette had to return to the workforce. A true pillar of strength, she supported her family with as many as three jobs at one time with several bus trips across town. This period of life was difficult, but she never complained or lost her faith. Jeanette was a firecracker, unyielding, and determined to keep her family feed, clothed and safe. Overtime, the family overcame these advertises and through it all, Jeanette's main concern was never for herself, but for the wellbeing and love for her children. Jeanette was, at last, enjoying her life which now consisted of her grandchildren, family events and social activities until her mother needed her and she moved back and forth from Los Angeles to Pittsburgh several times until her mother's passing at age 98. Jeanette returned to California for good to pick up where she left off. She laughed often and danced every chance she got. In the early years it was Nat King Cole and in her later years it was Usher and Nelly's, it's getting hot in Here. Over the course of the last seven years, Alzheimer's aggressively seized her short term memory. But one thing is for sure, she never forgot her love of men. She fired Usher for President Obama. He was her man. Every time she saw his face on TV she would say, "Look, Look. There he is …my man" Our love for her is next to our love of God. She's our phenomenal woman. She leaves behind four children and their spouses, seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, one sister, and host of nieces and nephews. Jeanette Elizabeth Akmal August 23, 1922 ~October 1, 2012

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