Give rest, O Lord, to the souls of Thy servants who have fallen asleep!
Khouria Soad K. Estefan, widow of Archpriest John (Juan) Estefan, passed away peacefully in the comfort of her daughter's home with her family at her side. Now she rests in the everlasting arms of her faithful Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Soad Estefan is survived by sons, Salam J. (Sue) and Elias; daughters, Salwa Crosby (Jim), Sanaa Wells (Rick) and Soad Clark (Steve); 14 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Thursday, May 30 from 7-9 p.m. and a Trisagion service will be held at 8:00 p.m. at the Ofield Funeral Home, 4500 Kalamazoo SE, . Services will be held at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 334 LaGrave Ave. SE, on Friday, May 31st at 11am. Interment Kent Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in memory of Soad K. Estefan. A special thank you is offered to Spectrum Hospice, Fr. John Winfrey of Grand Rapids and Fr. George Shalhoub of Livonia, MI. An online registry book is available at the Ofield Funeral Home's website.
Originally published in the Grand Rapids Press on May 28, 2013
Memory Eternal! + George Chalhoub, 1930 – 2013
The Right Rev. Archmandrite George Chalhoub fell asleep in the Lord on Holy Tuesday, April 30, 2013.
He was born in Douma, Lebanon in 1930 to Wadih and Bahije, the second of eight children. From his childhood he felt the call to the priesthood and was responsible for starting the Youth Movement in Douma. On January 4, 1952, he left his home to enter the Balamand Monastery and school. In that same year, he was tonsured a reader during Great Lent, and on August 6, The Feast of Holy Transfiguration, he was ordained a deacon by the hand of the late Metropolitan Elia Karam of Mount Lebanon at the Church of Holy Transfiguration in Dhour Chweir while spending the summer at St. Elias Patriarchal Monastery.
In 1953, he became the deacon for the late Patriarch Theodosius VI, Metropolitan of Tripoli at that time. In 1956 when the Metropolitan was elected as Patriarch of the see of Antioch, Deacon George accompanied him to the Patriarchate in Damascus to serve as his personal secretary.
On March 12, 1959, he was ordained to the priesthood and elevated to the rank of Archmandrite by the Patriarch at the Patriarchal Cathedral in Damascus, and was the given the title of Protosangelos of the Patriarchate.
Memory Eternal! + George Amouri, 1919 – 2013
Our brother in Christ, George Amouri, was called to heaven on April 24, 2013.
Most everyone in the Antiochian Archdiocese knew George not only by his quick and ever present smile, but by his devotion to his family, his church and, especially, his music.
George was perhaps the most respected of all choir directors, serving in that role for an amazing 40 years at St. George Church of Washington, D.C. He was recognized by His Eminence Metropolitan Philip for his outstanding contribution to the lifting of joyous sounds for over four decades.
George spent his time on the piano in his family room, trying new music to introduce and teach to the St. George Choir. He organized youth choirs, directed church talent shows and led the choir, every year, to retirement homes at Christmas to spread God’s loving sounds to those who could no longer attend service. And, of course, George always had his choir ready for the big choir competition at the Eastern Region Conventions. He was so proud of his group of singers.
George was a loving dad, grandad, great grandad, uncle, brother, brother in law…he was all of these. But more than that, he was a loving mentor, an inspiration to all who he touched, and a great friend to any and everyone. His actions spoke so much louder than his quiet countenance. He lived a life of compassion, generosity and understanding. He accepted all for who and what they are; always ready to lend a helping hand, a couple of bucks, a quick smile or a song. He brightened everyone’s day….every day. We will truly miss him.
George lovingly joins his wife, Georgette, to sit at the right hand of our Father in Heaven.
Rest in peace, George. We will hear and remember your glorious sounds forever.
Fr. Daniel Hackney, rector St. Ananias Orthodox Mission of Evansville, IN, writes:
Annah Ruth Hackney fell asleep in Christ Friday, March 15, 2013. A founding member of St. Ananias Orthodox Mission in Evansville, she was as active as she could be in its life and work in her latter years.
Annah was born February 5, 1925 in Providence, Ky. During WWII she was a "Rosie the Riveter" helping grind diesel rods for the war effort. With respect to her church service she served as a Sunday school teacher, sang in choirs, and participated as a member of women's groups throughout her life. In addition Annah served as a lay missionary to Guatemala in 1997. Space does not permit all the other ways in which she served her Lord, family and friends. Most of all she knew that she was a sinner in need of God's forgiveness.
Annah is survived by her daughter Nancy Cagle (James) of Monroe, Michigan, son Robert Hackney (Brenda) of Murray, Ky, and son Fr. Daniel Hackney (Khouria Carole) of Evansville. She had eight grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. She is preceded by her husband Owen Marce Hackney, her parents Charles Owen and Annah Lurah Birchfield, and siblings William, Dorothy, and James.
The Visitation Wake was held Monday, March 18 at St. Ananias Orthodox Mission, 4411 Washington Avenue in Evansville. The Funeral Service was Tuesday, March 19 at the parish as well. The Liturgist was Fr. Nabil Hanna, and the Homilist was Fr. Daniel Hackney. Afterwards, she was buried at Rowland Cemetery in Fredonia, Ky.
Memorial gifts may be made to the "Saint Ananias Building Fund", 4411 Washington Ave., Evansville IN 47714 .
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.
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