Give rest, O Lord, to the souls of Thy servants who have fallen asleep!
His Grace Bishop Basil has passed along the sad news that Ruth Cohlmia, wife of Jim Cohlmia, has reposed in the Lord. The funeral services will be held in Wichita, Kansas at St. George Cathedral; The day and time has not been established. A short memorial service is tentatively scheduled for Thursday evening, April 5, at 7:00 PM at St. Ignatius Orthodox Mission, 3800 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.
His Grace Bishop Basil writes:
MEMORY ETERNAL! Libby (Mrs. Joseph) Kohl of St. George Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, longtime member and officer of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Women of North America, fell asleep in Christ on the evening of March 17, 2012. The funeral will be served at St. George Church this Wednesday morning. Condolences may be sent to her husband Joe via email@example.com. Please join me in praying a rope for the repose of Libby's soul, saying, "O Lord Jesus Christ, grant rest to the soul of Thy departed servant." May she be granted Paradise, and may you be granted long life!
Fr. Fred Shaheen, pastor of St. George Orthodox Church, adds:
Libbie was 82 years old and was a member of the St. George Church choir for at least 70 years. From the age of twelve (for nearly 70 years), she was the church organist and played the organ during all the services, including weddings and funerals. In 1998 the organ was phased out of the services and Libbie continued her participation in the choir, eventually becoming choir director and serving in that position for nearly a decade.
Libbie's service to the Church extended beyond her participation in the choir. She attended many choir workshops and symposia at the Antiochian Village and was a fixture at all Midwest and Archdiocesan conferences and meetings. With her husband Joe by her side, Libbie drove across the country to participate in these events. She often took teens from St. George Church with her so they would also have a chance to attend and participate in these events.
Libbie was an active member and an officer in the local and Midwest Region AOCWNA chapters.
Sameeh Ramez El-Khoury, brother of Fawaz El-Khoury, passes away in Lebanon.
We are saddened to announce the passing into eternal life of Sameeh El-Khoury, the brother of the Vice-Chairman of the Archdiocese Board of Trustees, Mr. Fawaz El-Khoury. Sameeh passed away on February 29th in Lebanon. He is survived by his wife Afaaf and four children, Edgar, Hamid, Michel and David and their families, along with his mother Rose and brother Hamid and Fawaz and their families. The funeral will take place in the village church of St. George in Qalhat El-Koura on March 3. You may send condolences to Fawaz and Jo-Ellen at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
May his soul rest with the saints and may his memory be eternal!
Kh. Suzanne Murphy writes:
Your Eminences, Your Graces, Reverend Fathers, and Dear Sisters in Christ:
I am sending out this e-mail to you with the sad news of the repose of Violet Robbat’s sister, Diana Beattie.
Diana had been bravely battling ovarian cancer, but yesterday (Wednesday, February 22nd) she was called by our Lord to end her temporal battle and to find eternal rest in Him.
Calling hours are scheduled for Sunday afternoon, 4:00pm until 8:00pm, February 26th, at St. John of Damascus Church in Dedham, MA; her funeral will be at the Church on Monday at 10:00am.
In lieu of flowers, Violet has said that donations may be made to St. John of Damascus Antiochian Orthodox Church (300 West Street, Dedham, MA 02026); or to the Foxboro Massachusetts Public School System, in care of “The Diana Beattie Memorial Fund” (60 South Street, Foxboro, MA 02035).
May her Memory Be Eternal!
Kh. Suzanne Murphy
Rev. Fr. Basilios Nassar was born on January 1, 1982. He held a Bachelor's degree in Theology form St. John of Damascus Orthodox Institute of Theology at the Balamand University in Lebanon, and a Master's degree in pastoral care form the same university in 2004. He was fluent in Arabic, Modern Greek and the New Testament Greek, as well as a working knowledge of English and Hebrew.
He was ordained a deacon and a celibate priest by His Eminence Metropolitan Elias (Saliba) of Hama, Syria, then he served in his hometown, Kfarbahom, and in the Archdiocese of Hama.He taught Bible Study as well as Byzantine music to different age groups, and established many choirs throughout the Archdiocese. He was loved by youth and adult alike for his pastoral care and love, and that is the reason for his untimely death, as he was trying to help one of his parishioners who was wounded.
Fr. Basilios was at the Metropolis when he was informed by a phone call that a parishioner of his had been wounded and needed assistance. The Patriarchate of Antioch has reported that the 30-year-old priest was killed while giving medical aid to the wounded man.
His funeral took place on January 26th in the Church of Saint George in Hama. The blessed Father Basilios, known in the world as Mazin, was born in the Village of Kfarmpo in Hama. He was a teacher of Byzantine music in the school Saint Kosmas the Melodist which he had founded in the Metropolis.
Fr. Basilios was indeed a faithful shepherd. He will be missed by all who knew him in the Patriarchate of Antioch.
May he rest in peace and may his Memory be Eternal.
From the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West:
It is with extreme sadness that we inform you that our beloved brother in Christ, Father Harold Dunaway, Dean Emeritus of St. John Cathedral in Eagle River, Alaska, fell asleep in the Lord on Tuesday, January 3, 2012. His Eminence, Archbishop Joseph has asked the parishes to remember him in your prayers for the departed for the next 40 days and to hold a special Trisagion for his eternal life. May God receive him in His Heavenly Kingdom and may his memory be eternal.
WALTERBORO: Katharina Louise Welge (Kathy Meyer) passed away Friday evening at Trident Medical Center in Charleston. She was 77 years old and a resident of the Village at Summerville.
Katharina was born in Butler, Illinois on November 24, 1934, and a daughter of the late William Welge Sr. and Annie Katherine Kunz Welge. A graduate of Rubicam Business College, she spent the early years of her adult life working in St. Louis, the Bahamas and San Francisco. Later, she became the Secretary for Metropolitan Philip, a position she held for over 42 years. Kathy was adored and loved by the Priests and the Church Hierarchy throughout North America and the Middle East.
She is survived by her sister Dorothy W. Kaiser and husband Eugene of Walterboro and by her brother John Vance Welge and wife Nancy of Layton, Utah. There are many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her siblings William Welge Jr. and Margaret May Landry.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2012, at 11:00 am at Parker Rhode Chapel in Walterboro, SC. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 7-8 p.m., with Trisagion prayers at 7:30 p.m., in the chapel of the funeral home. The burial will take place later in the week at Ware’s Grove Cemetery in Butler, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Antiochian Village, c/o the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese, 358 Mountain Road, POB 5238, Englewood, NJ 07631-5238. Condolences may be sent to her sister Dorothy (Mrs. Gene) KAISER at email@example.com. Online condolences may also be left for the family at www.parkerrhodenfuneralho.... The Parker-Rhoden Funeral Home, 117 Paul Street in Walterboro, SC is in charge of arrangements.
from the December 2011 issue of The Word:
The Very Reverend Father John Estephan, retired priest of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, completed his earthly journey on May 1, 2011, at the age of 92. He has left behind hundreds of families forever grateful to him for his strength, compassion, commitment and love.
He is survived by wife of 62 years, Khouria Soad, and their five children: Salam, Salwa, Sanaa, Soad, and Elias, and their families, including 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. He faithfully served St. George from 1962 to 2002, during which period he led our parish through two major renovations and the addition of a stunning, award-winning banquet and conference center.
As the leader of the oldest Orthodox church in West Michigan, Father John was always a forward thinker, encouraging women to read the epistle and serve as ushers at St. George. In addition to being our spiritual leader, Father John was a well-known leader in Grand Rapids, where he was often interviewed for news articles about our faith and the Middle East.
Nick Regazzo writes:
It is with the utmost sadness and a heavy heart to share with our brothers and sisters in the Antiochian Archdiocese, that young six year old Anthony Milad was called home to Christ's heavenly kingdom this past Thursday, November 3rd, 2011. Little Anthony was an altar server at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church of Orlando, Florida. Fr. John Hamatie reminisced about the enjoyment of having Anthony as one of his altar servers.
Sadly, Anthony was diagnosed four months ago with some ailments that arose from a bone marrow transplant, and with continued sickness and physical problems. His blessed mother Irene had never left his side in the four months that he was hospitalized.
The community has endured a painful loss in such a bright young man.
A beautiful service of remembering his life was held this past Saturday, November 5th, 2011, with area Orthodox clergy in attendance. Many of Anthony's friends from Sunday School attended his service, which was painfully difficult for them. We ask all of our brothers and sisters in our archdiocese to please keep Anthony's family, Irene and Emad, in all of our daily prayers in this most tragic of times.
To lose a child, is without a doubt an unprecedented nightmare that only Christ can help us deal with, and heal us.
September 8, 1921 - September 5, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Esther Massad Samara fell asleep in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on September 5, 2011. She was born on September 8, 1921 in Drumright, Oklahoma to the Very Reverend George R. Massad and Khouria Bediyah (Hamra) Massad. The family then moved to Oklahoma City in 1937. She attended Classen High School and graduated in 1939. From 1939 to 1941 she attended Hills Business College, earning an Associate's Degree. Concurrently with school, she worked at the "Indian Post," a local mercantile store. On July 29, 1951 she married George R. Samara and together raised 3 children.
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