Awni “Tony” Shubair of Michigan City, Ind., passed away at his home on March
27, 2014, at the age of 76.
He was born in Gaza, Palestine, on April 2, 1937, the eldest of eleven
brothers and sisters.
In 1970, Awni married his ex-spouse, Beth Shubair (nee Chellberg), and from
that union came children Amy, David, Jeana, Jason, and Julie. In 1989, he
remarried Soha Shubair (nee El Agha).
He is survived by his wife Soha of Michigan City, Ind.; son David of
Chesterton, Ind.; daughters Jeana (Ryan) Tonk and Julie (Justin) Camer of
Michigan City; grandchildren Grace Estill-Shubair of Valparaiso, Ind., and
Audrey Camer of Michigan City; siblings, many nieces and nephews, and
Awni was preceded in death by his parents, ex-spouse Beth Shubair, daughter
Amy, and son Jason.
He immigrated to the United States in 1962, making the Chicago-land area his
primary area of residence, and attended Governor’s State University and the
Chicago City Junior College, from which he received degrees in Business
Administration. Within a few years of coming to the United States, Awni
began a career in international banking, working up to management positions
in various banking institutions’ international banking, letters of credit,
and international trade services departments. He worked at the First
National Bank of Chicago, Chase Bank International, and Banque Indosuez all
in Chicago, as well as banks in Houston, Los Angeles, and New York City. In
the early 1980s, he became Chairman of the Houston Banking Committee on
Letters of Credit and instructed courses on letters of credit with the
American Institute of Banking in Houston, Texas. In 1990, Awni returned to
the Middle East, where he continued his banking career in Riyadh, Saudi
Arabia, before returning to Ramallah, Palestine, in the mid-1990s to help
establish the international banking department of the Palestinian
International Bank. He retired in 1999.
Awni enjoyed cooking, particularly Middle Eastern cuisine, and hosting large
gatherings. He was an enthusiastic backgammon player and enjoyed teaching
the game to others. Awni was always happiest and in his element when he was
surrounded by family and friends. He was a kind, pious, and generous man,
who regularly made donations to the less fortunate living in Palestine.
Services were held at White-Love Funeral Home and burial was in Chesterton
Cemetery. To send an online condolence, please visit