Memory Eternal!


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


Memory Eternal! + Fr. Donald David Wallace Lloyd

Father Donald David Lloyd, 1912-2010Father Donald David Lloyd, 1912-2010At 12:20 a.m. on Sunday, October 17th, word was received that the eldest brother in the Diocese of Wichita, Father Donald David Wallace Lloyd, D.D., reposed at the age of ninety-seven.

The casket with Father Donald David will arrive at St. Mark Church in Denver, CO on Thursday, October 21st at 5:00 p.m., where he will lie in state until after the Requiem Mass which will be served at 7:00 p.m. He will then be taken to the St. Laurence Center in Tallahassee Creek, CO where, upon arrival, a brief low Mass of Requiem will be served followed by interment in the specially-prepared sepulchre just west of the Basilica of St Laurence. Then, this Saturday, October 23rd, the final Requiem Mass will be served at the Center at 11:00 a.m.. Condolences may be sent c/o Father John Connely (john.connely@gmail.com) of St. Mark Church in Denver.

Fr. John Connelly writes:

Following his Chrismation and Ordination, Father Donald David Wallace Lloyd, D.D. told me very sincerely that never in his life had he felt so uplifted, blessed, (he used a vocabulary to explain this that I cannot entirely remember), and that his joy was beyond anything of merely earthly happiness. He was delivered from all the sorrow of 93 years (the age at which he received into Holy Orthodoxy) and then continued his earthly life as the most powerful intercessor that I have ever known. If your retired Priests want to see Paradise, let them follow this example. Father Donald was given names for prayer in restaurants and everywhere we traveled. He normally rose at 5.00 o'clock so to complete his Morning Prayers by 8:00 o'clock given his lists of living and departed souls.  

Father John

Bishop Basil writes:

Memory Eternal! + Nabiha Ghareeb

Nabiha Ghareeb recently fell asleep in the Lord at the age of 90.

She is survived by her children, Issam (Carol), Michel (Gail), Nouhad (Fr. George) Shalhoub, George (Nabelah) and Elias, as well as 10 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, sisters, Marie Ghareeb, Samia Ghareeb, Ivonne (Michel) Mouaikel of Aita Lebanon, Anne (Gary) Beak, brother, Elias Ghareeb of Lebanon, many nieces and nephews.

Nabiha will lie-in-state at St. George Cathedral, 3754 Woodley Rd. in Toledo on Wednesday, October 13th from 5:30-8:30pm.

The Trisagion Prayer Service will begin at 8pm.

On Thursday, October 14th, Nabiha will lie-in-state at St. George Cathedral from 10-11am.

The Funeral Liturgy will begin at 11am.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to:

St. George Cathedral
3754 Woodley Rd.
Toledo, OH 43606

The Basilica of St. Mary
18100 Merriman Rd.
Livonia, MI  48152

Hospice of Northwest Ohio
800 S. Detroit Ave.
Toledo, OH  43609

Condolences may be sent to:

May her memory be eternal!

Memory Eternal! + Charles G. Ofiesh

Nov. 22, 1924 - Aug. 23, 2010

Charles G. Ofiesh, 85, of St. George Orthodox Church in Altoona, PA fell asleep in the Lord Monday, August 23, 2010. Charlie was a long time member of The Order of St. Ignatius and served many years on the parish council as a member and chair. He initiated an Endowment Fund and worked tirelessly for the good of the parish. In 2005 he was awarded the Antonian Silver Medal by Metropolitan Philip. He was for most of his life in the parish, “always there.” He will be greatly missed. His leadership in the parish, in Altoona and in Pennsylvania is established by the list of organizations and accomplishments of his life as well as his three children, three grand-children and six great grandchildren.

He was born in Albany, N.Y., son of George and Emily (Ofiesh) Ofiesh. He married Helen V. Ajay on Sept. 4, 1949, and she preceded him in death on May 14, 2009.

Charles was a 1942 graduate of Altoona High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, serving in the Pacific theater, and the Korean conflict. He retired as a Command Sergeant Major after serving 41 years in the Pennsylvania Army Reserve. He received 26 awards and decorations, including the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service medals.

He retired as a general contractor and owner of Ofiesh Construction.

Charles was a member of the Altoona Zoning Board for more than 45 years, past president and life director of the Pennsylvania Builders Association, past commander of the local and Pennsylvania Disabled American Veterans, past commander of the American Legion, life member of the VFW, life member of Cooties and parade marshal in Altoona for more than 30 years.

Memory Eternal! + Bishop Dimitri Ilyan Al-Hosni

Notice has been received this morning from the Patriarchal Office in Damascus of the falling asleep in Christ of His Grace Bishop Dimitri Ilyan Al-Hosni following a long illness.  As a priest His Grace had served at the Patriarchate in Damascus and as a bishop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

May his memory be eternal!

Memory Eternal! + Salem Ghareeb

Prayers are requested for Salem Ghareeb, who recently reposed at age 90. He is survived by his wife Nabiha Ghareeb and children, Issam (Carol), Michel (Gail), Nouhad (Fr. George) Shalhoub, George (Nabelah) and Elias, ten grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Salem’s greatest virtue was his strong faith in Christ and His Holy Church. He was a great father and a wonderful and loving grandfather. He was the living patriarch of the Ghareeb family. A life time member of St. George Cathedral, Salem was a great painter, enjoyed gardening, reading and woodworking.

He will be greatly missed.

Salem will lie-in-state at St. George Cathedral, 3754 Woodley Rd. in Toledo on Thursday, August 12th from 5-8pm. The Trisaigion Prayer Service will begin at 8pm. On Friday, August 13th, Salem will lie-in-state at St. George Cathedral from 10-11am. The Funeral Liturgy will begin at 11am.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to:

St. George Cathedral
3754 Woodley Rd.
Toledo, OH 43606

The Basilica of St. Mary
18100 Merriman Rd.
Livonia, MI 48152

Hospice of Northwest Ohio
800 S. Detroit Ave.
Toledo, OH 43609

Condolences may be sent to:

May his memory be eternal!

Memory Eternal! + Fr. Matthew MacKay

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Archpriest Matthew MacKay, 54, proistamenos of St. Joseph Church in Houston, TX, Dean of East Texas and member of the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America Council of Presbyters, who fell asleep in Christ yesterday morning, July 26th. Fr. Matthew is survived by his wife Khouriya Lynn and their sons Patrick and Sean.

His Grace Bishop Thomas writes:

It was with great shock and with sadness that I heard of the passing of Fr. Matthew. Fr. Matthew and I have been good friends since he was assigned to St. Joseph’s. For a good period of time, he heard my confession. He shared the altar with me at St. Joseph’s for many Fridays during Great Lent as we celebrated the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts. We renewed this practice during this past Great Lenten period when I visited Houston and once again celebrated the Presanctified Liturgy with him on Friday morning. 

Fr. Matthew was a priest who loved the holy Orthodox Church with his whole body and his whole soul. He celebrated the divine services diligently and with great joy. He loved God, and he loved the parishioners God gave him to minister to. I can remember many times when we visited together he talked about the concern that he had for the salvation of the parishioners of St. Joseph.

He was a man of great courage. He was not afraid to speak the truth, even if it meant that he would personally suffer because of it. The most important thing to him was that he did what God wanted him to do. In my humble opinion, he ministered faithfully and diligently, always seeking to do God’s will.

Memory Eternal! + Michel Baik

Update: His Grace Bishop ANTOUN attended the firefighters' memorial on Friday, July 30. An estimated 8,000 firefighters attended the service.

Update, from the Connecticut Post:

As many as 10,000 firefighters from across the nation and Canada are expected to attend funeral services for Lt. Steven Velasquez, 40, and firefighter Michel Baik, 49, who died while battling a house fire on Saturday.

Click here to read the complete article.

Firefighter Michel Baik was a lifelong member of St. Nicholas Church in Bridgeport, CT.  He lost his life fighting a house fire on Saturday, July 24. 

The arrangements for Michel are as follows:

The wake will be Thursday, July 29, at the Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Rd., Trumbull CT, from 4-8 PM.

The funeral service will take place at St. Nicholas Church on Friday, July 30, beginning at 2 PM, followed by the internment.  The mercy meal will follow within the facilities of St. Catherine of Sienna Church, 220 Shelton Rd., Trumbull CT.

Because a very large turnout is expected, there will be additional seating in the church hall with an audio/video feed of the funeral service for those who cannot get a seat in the church. 

Memory Eternal! +V. Rev. Michael Harper, 1931-2010

V. Rev. Michael HarperV. Rev. Michael HarperThe Christian world lost one of its most dedicated statesmen earlier this year. The V. Rev. Fr. Michael Harper departed this life on January 6, 2010, at age 78, in Cambridge, outside of London, England. He was an archpriest under the Patriarchate of Antioch. 

Fr. Harper was baptized into Christ in the Church of England, and served for 40 years as a celebrated Anglican priest, emerging as an international leader of the spiritual renewal movement in that communion. Converting to the Orthodox Christian Faith in 1995, he carefully maintained his Christian friendships within the Anglican Church.

At the recommendation of Metropolitan PHILIP, Patriarch IGNATIUS IV personally guided Fr. Michael and his wife, Jeanne, through the transition into the Orthodox Church, appointing him to lead the Antiochian deanery in the British Isles. He left behind twenty convert parishes there as well as a ground-breaking Orthodox Studies program at prestigious Cambridge University, his alma mater.

Significantly, Fr. Michael established the first-ever all-English Orthodox parish in London. He was one of the most authentic and deeply committed Christian men I have ever known.

May his memory be eternal!

- Fr. Peter E. Gillquist

Memory Eternal! + Fr. Antony Beauchamp

Fr. Nabil Hanna writes:

Beloved in Christ,

I regret announcing that Fr. Antony Beauchamp departed this life Saturday. Arrangements are as follows:

Fr. Antony served as pastor at St. George Church in Indianapolis, IN in 1982, and he served a number of parishes prior. He has been living in retirement as a member of this parish ever since. A vigil for Fr. Antony will begin with Psalm readings at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, at St. George Church, and a prayer service beginning at 7 p.m.   Divine Liturgy will be served at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 21, and will proceed directly into the funeral service (at about 11 a.m.). Interment will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery, and the mercy meal will be a pitch-in at the church thereafter.

We express our sincere sympathies to Khouriya Patty Beauchamp, to sons Michael and Christopher and to all their families.  The family requests that memorial donations be given in place of flowers to St. George Orthodox Church of Indianapolis, the Apple Patch Foundation of Kentucky or the Shriners Children’s Hospital.

May his memory be eternal!

Memory Eternal! + George Ansara

George Ansara fell asleep in the Lord on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at the age of 82. Mr. Ansara will lie-in-state at the Antiochian Orthodox Basilica of St. Mary, located at 18100 Merriman, Livonia, Michigan on Friday, April 16th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Trisagion prayer service begins at 8 p.m. On Saturday, April 17th, Mr. Ansara will lie-in state at the Basilica from 10:00-11:00 a.m. The Funeral Liturgy begins at 11:00 a.m. followed by a private burial.

George Ansara migrated from Aita El-Fokhar, Lebanon. He was married to the late Geraldine Ansara. With his brother Andrew, they became the largest franchise owners of the Big Boy Restaurants. An entrepreneur who also brought the Red Robin Restaurants to our state, he employed thousands of people. He started the mission of St. Mary in Livonia in 1972 with a handful of parishioners and lived to see the Basilica built to reflect what he admired most – his family, his faith and his work. George's greatest passion was that in order for family and community to survive, they must have a place to worship. George was a great dad to Lewis Ansara and Denise (Shaheen) Boumaroun, and the late Debra Ansara. He was blessed with his brother Andrew Ansara, his sisters Marie Ansara, Violette Matta and Nazik Kehdy, He was the loving grandfather of Joe, Mac, Lauren, Deanna, George, Lewis and Daniel. He is survived by many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to the Basilica of St. Mary Building Fund. Please leave the family condolences and cherished memories at harryjwillfuneralhome.com. May his memory be eternal!

 


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