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In Memory of Atef Yacoub


2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Thursday, March 29, 2018 at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson, WI

Funeral Services

3:00 p.m. Thursday, March 29, 2018 at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson, WI

Atef Shoukry Yacoub, age 68 of Vadnais Heights, Minnesota, passed away at his home on March 25, 2018. 

Atef was born April 23, 1949 in Cairo, Egypt to parents Shoukry Yacoub El Kodsi and Ezelda Saif Khalil. He grew up in Cairo where he attended primary school, high school and achieved a Master’s Degree in Plant Biological Sciences from Cairo University.  

Atef’s passion for the culinary arts led him to France where he studied with master chefs deepening his love of cooking and entertaining. Atef immigrated to the United States and settled in Minnesota alongside his brothers and cousins.  He enjoyed cooking, traveling and spending time with family and friends—especially weekly gatherings filled with kids and laughter at his brother’s house. Atef valued God, family and friends above all else. His deep devotion to those values are what saw him through everything that came across his path. His contagious smile, constant light-hearted nature and lovable laughter will be greatly missed. 

Atef will forever remain in the hearts of his entire family. He is survived by siblings: Cecilia S. Yacoub of Cairo, Egypt, Adel S. Yacoub of Inver Grove Heights, MN, Salwa S. Yacoub of Cairo, Egypt, Reda(Vicky) Yacoub of Hudson, WI, Samir(Wafa) S. Yacoub of Cairo, Egypt, Eva S. Yacoub of Cairo, Egypt and Suzy S. Yacoub of Cairo, Egypt; and nieces, Mariann, Dina, Ezelda, Elaine, Denise and nephews, Dr. Ashruf, Dr. Maged, Michael, Mamdouh, Dr. Essa, James, Mina and Michael and many other relatives, and dear friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Shoukry and Ezelda of Cairo, Egypt; his fiancé Maggie Fritz of Minnesota; his brother, Mohsen Yacoub of Hastings, MN; brothers-in-law, Mored and Adly of Cairo, Egypt; and sister-in-law, Suzanne of Inver Grove Heights, MN. 

Funeral Services will take place at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, March 29, 2018 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson with Father Marc Boulos of St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church officiating.  Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Interment will take place at Glass Valley Cemetery in rural River Falls.

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    • Atef was like the Bible told us in Matthew 18:3( and Jesus says,”Assuredly, I say to you, unless you change and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven “)
      I have to know Atef as a cousin back when I was teenager , he like to talk , kept his smile and nice sense of humor! Unfortunately, after immigration distances kept us away from seeing each other but I have been always checking on his health and spoke with him few months ago and still remember the old memories during teenage time back home.
      Rest In Peace Atef and remember us when you are in heaven.

    • We are so sorry to hear this news. We were neighbors of Jake for many years in Vadnais Heights. He was a kind, gentle soul. I will fondly remember our driveway chats. He adored his family and spoke so highly of his siblings and loved ones. We are so sorry for your loss.

    • Yacoub families, I am so sorry to hear of Atefs’ passing, he had such a gentle presence. I always enjoyed talking to him at birthday parties. May his memory be eternal.