Leila Dibuni Nijim

March 17, 1936 - February 27, 2023


Obituary For Leila Dibuni Nijim

Madison - Leila Dibuni Nijim, the daughter of Rev. Simman Dibuni and Matilda Khoury, passed away peacefully in her home on February 27, 2023.

Leila was born on March 17, 1936, in Acre, Palestine. Her childhood in Palestine was disrupted by the Nakba (catastrophe), which caused the end of Palestine. After finishing secondary school, she attended teacher’s training college and earned her teaching degree. In 1962, Leila married Badie Khalil Nijim. She had three daughters and gave up her teaching career to be a dedicated mother. In 1968, Leila immigrated to the United States with her family. Leila lived in multiple states over time. Wherever she built her home, she was active in parish and community service. Leila was proud of her Palestinian and Episcopalian identities.

Leila was preceded in death by her husband and sister Lydia (Zabaneh).

Leila is survived by her sister Lulu (Emery), her daughters Samar, Dawn Sahar (Hill) and Samia (Hefferan), grandchildren Lydia (Hill), Orion (Hill) and Jack (Hefferan), and many loved nieces and nephews.

Leila’s service will take place on Saturday April 15, 2023, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1833 Regent Street, Madison, Wisconsin. Family visitation will start at 1:00 p.m. Funeral service at 2:30 p.m. with a reception following. The funeral will be live streamed for people who are unable attend in person.

To view the livestream of Leila Nijim service, please see link below or chick on link below.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA), To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 2418 N Sherman Ave 608-249-8257

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St. Andrew's Episcopal Church 1833 Regent St Madison, Wi 53726 Get Directions »
15 Apr

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02:30 PM

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church 1833 Regent St Madison, Wi 53726 Get Directions »
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  • April 13, 2023

  • April 13, 2023

    Leila was a highly respected and deeply loved member of our church community. She never failed to make me and my family feel welcome. I'm so glad Tom and I ran into you at the screening of a Man Called Otto; we were glad to speak with her one last time. She was a wonderful Brewers and Bucks fan, and it was a joy to follow he latest commentary on Christian Yellich. She was blessed with daughters who could make some of these great experiences possible. Donna Mcdowell and Tom Mosgaller

  • April 12, 2023

    Leila was a lovely person. Although I wasn't a close personal friend with Leila, we were companions in church at St. Andrew's by virtue of the fact that we customarily sat near one another. I saw her often and we always exchanged the Peace. She was a true person of faith. I offer my deepest sympathy and warmest regards to her daughters and family. Bonnie Tompkins

  • April 12, 2023

    I send my condolences and love to family of Leila. I visited with Leila many times during many of the Palestinian advocacy events. She was always so kind and wonderful person. I will miss her.

  • March 15, 2023

    A beautiful soul who led an extraordinary life and touched those who knew her in the best possible way. She will live on through her strong and wonderful family. Many blessing to you all. Fred, Caroline and Mari Hille

  • March 14, 2023

    Dawn and family, You're in my prayers. Paulette Rogers

  • March 13, 2023


  • Garden of Memories

    Imad Nijim sent Garden of Memories for Leila Dibuni Nijim - April 12, 2023

    Always in our hearts, Love, Imad, Angela, Renna & Bassim

  • 5 TREES

    Fulfillment Team planted 5 trees in memory of Leila Dibuni Nijim . - March 22, 2023

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