Arab American News executive editor dies at 64

Photo courtesy of The Arab American News
Marianna Kay Siblani

DEARBORN — Marianna Kay Siblani, executive editor of The Arab American News for the last 28 years, died of breast cancer Jan. 1. She was 64.

Ms. Siblani battled Stage 4 breast cancer for the last two years, which recently became fatally aggressive.

The Arab American News website said Ms. Siblani “was a powerful voice and an advocate for Arab and Muslim Americans on local and national issues. She has truly been a silent warrior and a tough fighter since the inception of the newspaper, and helped set its foundation so that it will remain strong for decades to come.

“Kay stood by the newspaper and braved financial hardship, along with long working hours. She worked hard with a steadfast and complete dedication to the Arab cause even though she didn’t have a drop of Arab blood in her veins.

“She never quit despite her numerous medical setbacks, and she was always there for her family, friends, her colleagues, The Arab American News and the people it serves in both good and hard times.”

She leaves behind her mother, Anna Leota Kendall; her daughter, Michelle; her brothers, Kenny and Keith; her sister, Cathy; and three grandchildren.

Visitation for Ms. Siblani will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Jan. 6 at Verheyden Funeral Home, 28499 Schoenherr Road in Warren. Funeral services will be held at 8 a.m. Jan. 7 at the funeral home.