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Memory Eternal!

Give rest, O Lord, to the souls of Thy servants who have fallen asleep!

Memory Eternal! + Nicholas Ramacciato

Nicholas Ramacciato reposed in the Lord on November 4, 2015. Nick and his beloved wife Francis had been married for over 52 years. They have a son, Nicholas Jr., a very successful businessman in Central Florida.

Originally from the Bronx in New York City, Nick and Francis had made Orlando home for the last thirty-five years. They had been in the restaurant business for many years, having owned and operated various Italian restaurants, before retiring to Orlando. 

Nick was one of the kindest, most gentle gentleman you could ever meet; at the same time he spoke his mind without any limits. That's how he came to become a part of the St. George family. Almost 25 years ago on a summer afternoon, Nick sparked up a conversation with St. George's pastor, the Very Reverend Fr. John Hamatie. Father John and Nick became friends and some years later Nick and Francis converted to the Holy Orthodox Christian faith.

Memory Eternal! + Edward S. Khouri

Fr. John Ojaimi writes:

EDWARD S. KHOURI, age 83, passed away peacefully and has returned to his heavenly home on September 18, 2015 at home in Parma, Ohio surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Aramoun, Lebanon, and immigrated to the United States in the year 1955. In 1962, shortly after his arrival to Cleveland, Edward founded the iconic Middle East Restaurant in Cleveland, which he owned for over four decades. His warmth, generosity and love for all will be greatly missed.

Edward became a close friend to our beloved Metropolitan Philip of thrice-blessed memory, since he was the priest at St. George of Cleveland. Their friendship continued and strengthened until the day when His Eminence joined the community of the saints.

Memory Eternal! +Archdeacon Basil Rives

His Grace Bishop Basil writes:

While we were all at Divine Liturgy this morning Archdeacon Basil Rives, 94, of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, Santa Fe, NM, the eldest clergyman of our Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America, fell asleep in Christ. May he be granted Paradise! Archdeacon Basil, born May 23, 1921, was preceded in death by his wife Shamassy Mary Anne, and is survived by four sons and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

The first Trisagion Prayers of Mercy were prayed for Archdeacon Basil by Fr. John Bethancourt and the congregation of Holy Trinity following this morning's Divine Liturgy.  Condolences may be sent to the Rives Family c/o Father John Bethancourt at

Read the obituary for Archdeacon Basil Rives in the Santa Fe New Mexican

Funeral Arrangements for Archdeacon Basil (everything will take place at Holy Trinity Church in Santa Fe):

Memory Eternal! + Archpriest Louis Mahshie

Memory Eternal! Archpriest Louis Mahshie, longtime proistamenos at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Akron, OH, reposed early this morning, August 27, 2015. Funeral arrangements are pending at this time. Father Louis is survived by his wife Khouria Corinne and their children and grandchildren. Condolences may be sent to
Funeral arrangements are as follows:
His Grace Bishop Anthony will preside at all services, which will take place at St. George Orthodox Church, 3204 Ridgewood Road, Akron, OH 44333, or call (330) 666-7116.

Monday, August 31st
Visitation 3-8pm
Funeral for Clergy at 7pm

Tuesday, September 1st
Visitation 9-10am
Divine Liturgy followed by the Funeral Service 10am
A Meal of Mercy follows (a private, family interment takes place after the meal)

Overnight accommodations can be made at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn; call 330-867-5000.
For more information or questions, please contact assistant Pastor Fr. John Al-Assaf,

Memory Eternal! + Nicholas Hamaty

Memory Eternal! Nicholas Hamaty of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in Washington, D.C., passed away on Thursday August 20, 2015, at the age of 90.
Nicholas Hamaty served the church his entire life. However it was in 1954 that he undertook his first major task when he, along with several others, organized the St. George Choir. The choir was the stepping stone in building the SOYO organization of Washington, D.C., which elected Nick to be its first and second president. Nick was also elected as President of the Eastern Region SOYO during his second term as President of D.C. SOYO. He held this office for two terms, and for his faithful service His Eminence Metropolitan Anthony Bashir of thrice blessed memory awarded him the highest honor presented by the Archdiocese to a layman at that time, the Certificate of Meritorious Service.
Nick went on to be elected to NAC SOYO as an Eastern Region Delegate. In 1958 and 1959 he was elected to the offices of Treasurer and Vice President of NAC respectively. He continued to be active at St. George Church his entire life, serving on the parish council for many years and being active in all areas which supported the health and promotion of the Orthodox Church. In 2005 he was appointed by the parish council as a Life Member with voting rights, the only one to hold this position in the entire 107 years history of St. George of Washington, D.C.
One of the greatest rewards of Nick's work in the Church was meeting Joyce Farrah. In 1957, Nick and Joyce were married . He was a beloved husband for 58 years, as well as father, grandfather and uncle. His family, friends and his church were his life. He was loved by all who met him and he will be greatly missed. "Well done, thy good and faithful servant."

Memory Eternal! + George Abodeely

Dedicated educator, church leader, and proud family man;

George Abodeely, 85, died July 30, 2015 (at the Grace House) in Windham NH, with three generations of family members at his side. He was the beloved husband of Constance A. “Connie” (Coury) Abodeely with whom he celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on November 14, 2014. He was formerly of Andover, MA and was a well-respected educator in the Tewksbury School system.   

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, June 23, 1930, George was the fourth child of the late Michael and the late Nahie (Missad) Abodeely. He attended Lowell (MA) schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1948. He went on to graduate from Lowell State Teacher’s College in 1952 with a degree in Education, and received his Master’s in Education from Fitchburg State University. Later, he received Certification from Boston University’s Guidance and Counseling Institute.

 Prior to his retirement, George served as Assistant Principal at the Tewksbury Middle School, where he taught for over 24 years. Previously, he served as Guidance Counselor for the Tewksbury School system, and before that as a teacher at the Foster School in Tewksbury.

Memory Eternal! + Marie Ansara

Marie Ansara, 89, has returned to her heavenly home on July 28, 2015 in Farmington Hills, Michigan. She was born on November 22, 2015 in the town of Aita El-Fokhar, Lebanon where she grew up in a loving family with 6 siblings. For the past 38 years she made Michigan her home where she was surrounded by wonderful family and friends. She is survived by her brother Andrew Ansara and her two sisters Violette Matta and Nazek Kehdy. She was a tremendously devoted and loving aunt as well as great-aunt to many nieces and nephews. After a long battle with illness she is finally reunited with her beloved parents, brother and sisters who preceded her in death and whom she served with immense care and passion.

Marie was a lifelong member of St. Mary's Orthodox Church in Livonia Michigan where she will be laid to rest. The viewing will be held at the church on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 from 5-6 pm for immediate family. Visitation will follow from 6-8 pm.

The funeral will be held on Thursday July 30, 2015, at St. Mary's Church with final viewing from 10-11 am and funeral services will begin at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request that donations in her memory be made to "St. Mary's Building Fund".

May she rest in peace and may her memory be eternal!

Memory Eternal! + The Very Reverend Gordon Walker

Memory Eternal!

The V. Rev. Gordon Thomas Walker, pastor emeritus of Saint Ignatius Antiochian Orthodox Church, reposed in the Lord early in the morning of July 23, 2015. May his memory be eternal!

Father Gordon was instrumental in the movement toward and the reception of the former Evangelical Orthodox Church into the Orthodox Church and was ordained into the priesthood by His Eminence Metropolitan Philip of blessed memory in 1987. Father Gordon served as the senior priest at St. Ignatius Orthodox Church in Franklin, TN, from 1987-1996, after which he served in the archdiocesan Department of Missions and Evangelism for a number of years before fully retiring.

Services for Fr. Gordon were presided over by His Grace Bishop Thomas and conducted at St. Ignatius Orthodox Church, Franklin, TN.

Father Gordon is survived by his wife, Kh. Mary Sue Walker and five children: Tom, Deborah, Melissa, Grace and Jaquelilne and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren

Read a tribute to Fr. Gordon, "Memory Eternal, for a Quiet Giant in American Orthodoxy," by journalist Terry Mattingly

Memory Eternal! + Fr. Peter Jacobsen

The Very Reverend Peter A. Jacobsen, an archpriest of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America, died on May 27, 2015 in Orlando, FL with family members at his side. Father Peter was 84 years of age and had recently moved to Orlando after having served as rector of St. Basil the Great Orthodox Church of Silver Springs, FL. Prior to joining the Orthodox Church seventeen years ago, Father Peter served as an Episcopal parish priest for over 30 years.

Father Peter was born in Buffalo, NY on October 4, 1930 to Asta and Arthur Jacobsen. The family moved to Floral Park, NY where he graduated from high school, then continued his education at New York University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. Father Peter also earned a Master of Music Education degree from Holy Names University in Oakland, CA.

Father Peter was an active musician and conductor, having played violin in both the Bridgeport (CT) and Hudson Valley (NY) Symphony Orchestras, as well as serving as the conductor of the North Fork Chamber Orchestra of Long Island. Father Peter was a professor at Sullivan County Community College (NY) where he taught music, humanities and philosophy, conducted many choral concerts, and directed several well received Gilbert & Sullivan operettas.

Memory Eternal! + Eleanor A. Kinan

Eleanor A. Kinan fell asleep in the Lord on April 24, 2015, in Niagra Falls, NY., and was a member of St. George Orthodox Church, Niagara Falls, NY.  She was the daughter of the late Norman and Emmaline Mackarous, sister of Allan Mackarous, Jeffrey (Helen) Mackarous and Norma (Kurt) Schmoelz.  Eleanor was the wife of the late Charles A. Kinan and the mother of Mark (Christina) Kinan and Neal Kinan.  
Fr. Paul Sohlberg said Trisagion Prayers on Sunday, April 25, 2015 and presided at the Funeral Service on Monday, April 26, 2015 at St. George Orthodox Church in Niagra Falls, NY.  
Eleanor served as President of the Antiochian Women North American Board from 1995 - 1997.  As President, she oversaw the publication of a leadership guide and the design and distribution of the Antiochian Women's pins.  Under her leadership the Antiochian Women successfully raised monies in support of two projects given to them by Metropolitan Philip of Blessed Memory.  The first from 1995 - 1997 for the Antiochian Village Camp Expansion, and the second, from 1996 - 1997 for Theological Education.
Eleanor was also very active holding positions of leadership in her parish, was Director of the Church School and involved in her Antiochian Women's chapter, as well as holding many offices on the Diocesan Level. Professionally, she had been a tax preparer and tax teacher.
May God grant her peace and may her Memory be Eternal.

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