The falling asleep in the Lord of Rev. Fr. Michael Abraham


QUEENSBURY -- The Rev. Father C. Michael Abraham, 75, a lifetime resident of South Glens Falls, and a former resident of The Glen in Queensbury, fell asleep in The Lord on Friday, Feb. 23, 2007, at his home.

Born May 19, 1931, in South Glens Falls, he was the son of the late George Joseph, (1951) and Martha (Khoury) (1996) Abraham.

Father Michael was a 1949 graduate of South Glens Falls High School. He attended SUNY Albany and achieved his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees, and began a teaching career in Corinth from 1953-1963. He also studied at St. Vladimir Theological Seminary in Iuckaboe, N.Y., receiving certificate of completion before the Seminary was granted a degree- granting status in New York state.

The Rev. Father C. Michael Abraham was ordained, Aug. 13, 1963, by Metropolitan ANTONY Bashir of Thrice-Blessed Memory. His ordination was in Washington, D.C., sponsored by St. George Church of Albany.

He served with distinction in the main headquarters of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America from 1963 until 1968.

Father Michael then returned home due to health problems in 1968. The day he returned, the Superintendent of Warrensburg Central School requested his return to teach at the Warrensburg Central Elementary School. He taught from 1968 until he retired from teaching in 1990.

Father Michael founded the Chapel of the Archangel Gabriel, South Glens Falls, in 1963 at his ordination with the blessing of Metropolitan ANTONY.

He was extremely proud to be from South Glens Falls, and was always interested in the community. He was the Chaplain of the American Legion Mohawk Post 553, South Glens Falls, the South Glens Falls Volunteer Fire Company and the Moreau Emergency Squad. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Rosemarie DeVoe.

Survivors include his brother, Louis G. Abraham and his wife, Donna E., which Father lovingly called his sister, and their children, all of Saratoga; his aunts, Sarah F. Del Signore of South Glens Falls, and Emily Morwood and her husband, George, of Geneva, N.Y.; his uncle, Jabra Khoury of South Glens Falls; and several nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and cousins.  Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, at M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 136 Main St., South Glens Falls. Trisagion prayers will be conducted at 7 p.m.. For condolences, www.kilmers.com.

The Funeral Rite will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, at St. Michael's Church, South Glens Falls, with the Very Rev. Father Alvian N. Smirensky of the St. Basil's Church in Maplewood, N.Y., and the Very Rev. Father Robert Nugent, pastor of St. Michael's Church, South Glens Falls, officiating.

The Rite of Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, South Glens Falls.

Friends and family are invited for a Mercy dinner following the service on Wednesday at Rainer's, 89 Route 41, Hudson Falls.

Excerpted from the Post-Star on 2/25/2007.