Give rest, O Lord, to the souls of Thy servants who have fallen asleep!
The Very Rev. Gregory Robert Allen Buss of Spring Valley IL, passed away at 10:15 p.m. March 19, 2013 in his home, after a three-month battle with cancer. He was 71.
A Divine Liturgy was held at 10 a.m. Saturday March 23 in St. George Orthodox Church, Spring Valley and was followed by the regular funeral service, conducted by Economos Fr. Nicholas Dahdal, rector of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church of Cicero, IL, and other area priests. The burial followed at St. George Cemetery.
Father Gregory was born April 6, 1941 in Kalamazoo, MI to Robert and Emily (Malmstone) Buss. He married Katherine (Kay) Wedge at St. Luke’s Parish in Kalamazoo in 1965. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Kalamazoo College, a Master of Arts degree from Seabury-Western Theological Episcopal Seminary, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Math from Dickinson State University, and he was ordained in the Orthodox priesthood and served as the priest of St. George Orthodox Church in Spring Valley for 18 years.
Mr. Paul Cowan writes:
Memory eternal for the handmaid of God Leah Cowan of St. Joseph Orthodox Church in Houston, TX. Leah ended her struggles with long time illnesses and medical complications at the young age of 44. She was born in September 1968 and was laid to rest at Holy Archangels Greek Orthodox Monastery in Kendalia, TX. Leah was surrounded by family and friends as she passed away Monday February 25, 2013, and leaves behind her husband Paul of 15 years, Michele Garey her cousin, who put her life on hold to help us these last 6 months (an angel in the flesh), her father Billy Graham and Donna Graham of Odenton MD, her step father Jim Landing and Brenda Landing of Houston TX, grandparents Jim and Evelyn Landing, Berdie Britton, uncles and aunts Howard and Yoko Garey and John and Martha Garey, cousins Lisa, Monica, Terry, Yolanda, Martha-Ann, Bobby, Michael, and her two dogs.
Leah worked in advertising most of her life but her passion was her vegetable garden and starting new business ventures. She had a successful nut-butter business as well as a profitable eBay business. She loved going to yard sales and networking with other vendors at craft shows. Paul would like to thank all those who have prayed for Leah at St. Joseph and literally around the world for her recovery. If you are of the mind to make a donation in her name, please send it to Fr. Joseph Honeycutt at St. Joseph Orthodox Church 10644 Hammerly Blvd Houston, TX 77043.
May God bless you for your prayers for the repose of my beloved wife, Leah.
Lorraine K. (Deban) Laham, a life-long parishioner of St. George in Boston, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family on February 8, 2013. She was 84 years old.
Lorraine was born in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston as the youngest of nine siblings. She is preceded in death by all of her siblings; the late Freda Hanna, Helen Zahlaway, Mathilda Teebagy, Nellie Laham, Frederick Deban, Margaret Resha, Elizabeth Weinstein and Edith Eouse. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Herbert Laham. Lorraine and Herbie had two loving sons, Antiochian Archdiocese Board of Trustees member Gregory Laham and the late Jeffery Laham. When Jeff passed away in 1995 it was an especially difficult time for the family. Fortunately, Lorraine was comforted by her family and by the monks at Holy Transfiguration Monastery and the nuns Holy Nativity Convent in nearby Brookline, MA. They became lifelong friends and were always there for her.
She remained a homemaker for most of her adult life, until the family purchased Sullivan's Pharmacy in 1976. She worked at Sullivan's Pharmacy for the next 25 years. She helped Sullivan's grow into a thriving business until she finally retired in 1998. However, her whole life centered around her family. Greg and his wife Debbie have two grown sons, Keith and James. But few things brought more joy to Lorraine than spending time with her great-grandsons, Junior and Jordan.
Najebie Assad Aymie of West Roxbury, MA passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at her son George C. Aymie's home in Osterville, MA.
She was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1914 and came to Boston, MA in 1932. Since 1936, Najebie was an active member of St. George Orthodox Church in West Roxbury, MA. She was so dearly loved by her family, her friends, and her Church family and was an inspiration to all who knew her. Najebie would have been 99 years of age on July 25, 2013.
Her husband, Charles S. Aymie, her son, Thomas C. Aymie, and her brother, Joseph Assad preceded her in death. She leaves her daughter, Roberta M. and husband, Louis J. Ennis of Bedford, MA; her son, George C. and wife, Pat (Mahan) Aymie of Osterville, MA; and her daughter, Brenda A. and husband, Terry Wiechmann of Bolton, MA and Yarmouth Port, MA. Najebie leaves 11 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter, and a nephew, James M. Assad.
Her Funeral Service was held January 23, 2013 at St. George Orthodox Church 55 Emmonsdale Road, West Roxbury, MA 02132.
Contributions in Najebie's name may be made to St. George Orthodox Church.
Najebie was laid to rest with her beloved Charles and Thomas at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Boston, MA.
Erwin Christopher Yarnell gently reposed in the Lord on January 17, 2013 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Erwin was born September 19, 1924, in Saticoy, Cailfornia, to Harold and Mabel (Adams) Yarnell. After returning from WWII military service, he and Cherry (Frances) Glaeser enjoyed 40+ years of marriage. They raised two sons, Christopher and Kenneth. After Cherry's death, Erwin married Dorothy Vyse.
Erwin loved God and people. He was quick to give smiles, compliments, words of encouragement, and blessings to those he encountered. He had awe and love for creation, which found expression in care for animals, gardening through his 88th year of life, and countless mountain and backcountry adventures. Forever a student, Erwin loved learning and reading. Although a very learned man with a fascinating variety of life experiences, he lived a simple life with a humble demeanor. Among his experiences were serving in WWII, winning military wrestling championships, and working for the National Park Service as ranger, guide, and lecturer. He taught in California and on the Navajo and Hopi reservations in Arizona. He and Cherry were made honorable members of the Coyote Clan. They both were good friends with White Bear, a Hopi with considerable influence within his clan as well as the tribe. Erwin was given the name White Bull. He also worked as a horticulturist, and as a greeter at the Santa Fe Walmart.
Erwin was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Mabel, brother Harold, wife Cherry, and wife Dorothy. He is survived by sons Christopher and Kenneth, nephew Richard Douse and great-nieces, Jenny Hall and Shannon Carnegie. He will be lovingly remembered by many.
Memory Eternal! Linda Simon was the longtime secretary for the Fellowship of St. John the Divine in the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest, and was also involved in numerous other ministries throughout the Diocese and in her church of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, Cleveland, Ohio.
Linda was the wife of Richard (deceased); loving mother of Ruth Lynch, Shirley Dheel (Michael), Richard, Jr. (Kathleen) and George (Christine); beloved grandmother of Jason, Nicole, Joseph, Stephanie, Jaclyn, Jenna, Justin, Sara, Michael, Jeremy and Matthew; cherished sister of Joan DuPuis and Sandra Morgan, and Aunt Linda to all. Interment was at St. Theodosius Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Linda's family suggests memorial tributes to St. George's Sunday School.
From the Diocese of the West:
+ Memory Eternal!
It is with extreme sadness that we inform you that our beloved brother in Christ, The Very Reverend Father Nicholas Habib, fell asleep in the Lord on Sunday, December 16, 2012.
His Eminence Archbishop Joseph of Los Angeles and the West presided over the funeral service, which was held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday evening, December 18, 2012, at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in San Francisco.
May God receive him in His Heavenly Kingdom, and may his memory be eternal!
From the Diocese of the West:
It is with extreme sadness that we inform you that our beloved brother in Christ, Father Polycarp Whitcomb, Pastor of St. Athanasius Church in Sacramento, California, fell asleep in the Lord on Friday, January 4, 2013. 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. The funeral arrangements will be announced once they are set. May God receive him in His Heavenly Kingdom and may his memory be eternal.
Memory Eternal! Prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of the handmaiden of God, Kh. Joanne Bitar, wife of Archpriest Elias Bitar (retired) of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, Little Falls, NJ. Khouria Joanne fell asleep in the Lord on Sunday morning, December 30, 2012, after a long battle with cancer.
A long time volunteer at Antiochian Village, and a beloved mother to Katrina, Sister Ignatia, Martha, Michael, and Antony, Kh. Joanne will be laid to rest at St. Nina's Monastery in Union Bridge, Maryland.
The service times at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 237 Long Hill Rd., Little Falls, NJ, are as follows:
Wednesday, January 2: Viewing and Trisagion service, 5-9pm
Thursday January 3, Funeral at 9:00 a.m.
May Kh. Joanne's memory be eternal!
His Grace Bishop Anthony writes:
Your Eminence Metropolitan Philip, Beloved in Christ,
Christ is in our midst!
My father Anthony Michaels fell asleep in the Lord on Tuesday December 17th, the commemoration of Daniel and the three holy youths: Ananias, Azarias, and Misail.
Funeral arrangements for Anthony Michaels are as follows:
Friday, December 21st
5:00 - 7:00 pm - Visitation
7:00 pm - Trisagion Prayers
Saturday, December 22nd
11:00 am - Funeral
Lunch to follow
St. Simon Orthodox Church
226 E. Harding Ave.
Ironwood, MI, 49938
I ask your prayers for the repose of his soul and your continued prayers for my family. May his memory be eternal.
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