Lotfy Abdu Hanna, age 77 of Milford Center, passed away on May 22, 2023. Lotfy was born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1946, the youngest of six children. His parents, migrants from rural Egypt, settled into farming on the outskirts of the Egyptian metropolis. After obtaining a Bachelor's in Engineering and Master's Degree in Geology from Alexandria University, he married Angel Hanna (née Halaka) and emigrated to the United States in 1980, settling in California with his spouse's mother and siblings.
Lotfy was a skilled engineer and quick study. In his first job in the US, he worked his way up from a third-shift quality control technician to the chief engineer at Polydisc, an early creator of mass-produced hard disks, in Torrance, California. He quickly became well-known in the chemical plating industry, and moved frequently to take positions around the country at different companies. He retired from the industry at 73, after a well-traveled career. He lived by Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV): "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving."
Lotfy was a dedicated member of his church, serving as a deacon at St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church in Columbus, and at most of his prior congregations. Every weekend, he awoke at 4 AM to prepare the Coptic qorban, the holy bread used in the church communion and sacrament. He advocated for more junior deacons in their service in the holy altar.
Lotfy was a committed father and grandfather, especially relishing in the time he spent with his grandchildren. We loved his playfulness, his directness, and how dutiful he felt to those around him. He was an avid gardener, cultivating his acres of land in rural Ohio to reconnect with his farming origins, a trait he's passed down to his children. He is survived by his wife, Angel Hanna, three children, Mariana Hanna, Sandy (Alex) Bishara, and Alex Hanna, five grandchildren, Abriana, Meshach, Bishoy, Theodore and Jasmine, his sister Samia Hanna, and innumerable cousins, nieces, and nephews in Egypt.
Visitation and condolences will take place this Friday from 6-8 PM at Egan-Ryan Funeral Home Northwest Chapel, 4661 Kenny Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220.
A church service will be held on Saturday at 10:30 AM at St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church, 200 Old Village Road, Columbus, Ohio 43228.