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Former Managing Committee Member Joshua Philip passes away in Hyderabad

HYDERABAD: Former member of Malankara Sabha Managing Committee and Retd. VST employee Joshua Philip (90) passed away on Feb. 29 at early hours/Hyderabad.

His wife late Kujamma, Puthanpurayil Karipuza Mavelikkara and son Philip Jousha, Daughter Elizabeth (Kuwait). In-laws Annie Philip and Thomas.

He was the son of Late Rev. Fr. PJ. Philipose Poovathoor house, Chengannur. He is one of the founder member of Orthodox services in Hyderabad and St. Andrews Church Society, Secunderabad.

Funeral service on Tuesday March 1 at 10.30 am at St. Gregorious Orthodox Cathedral and funeral at No.12 Garison Cemetery/Trimulgery , Secunerabad at 11.30 am.

News sent in by: Kurian G Thomas

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E.M. Baby (Kattanam), passes away in Ghaziabad

GAZIABAD: E.M. Baby ( Kattanam), Member of Ghaziabad StThomas Orthodox Parish, who met with an accident this Sunday afternoon, passed away yesterday 28 Feb’16).

Viewing and funeral Service will be conducted at Church. Burial will be held on Wednesday at his Home Parish: St. Stephens Orthodox Church, Kattanam,Alappuzha, Kerala.

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Dr T. Pathrose Mathai passes away in Vellore

KOTTAYAM: Chalukunnu Mazhavanchery Madatlnl Dr T. Pathrose Mathai (76), a well-known nephrologist, has passed away in Vellore. His body will be brought home at 8am tomorrow. After prayers at apm at home, his body will be buried at 3pm in Kottnyarn Puthan Palli under the leadership of the Catholicos, His Holiness Baselios Marthoma Paulose II.

Dr Mathai, who earned an MD from PG Institute of Medical Sciences in Chandigarh in 1967, started his service at Christian Medical College, Vellore. He was instrumental in establishing the first dialysis unit at Vellore. Also, he played a major role in establishing the first dialysis unit in Kerala at Caritas Hospit al in 1971.

He has served in Kangazha MGD1I, Karipal in Kalathipady and Kottayam Cheriyapalli Hospital and in Sandi Arabia. Dr Mathai’s research was mainly into damage caused by snakebites on kidneys. He is one of the founders of the Indian Society of Nephrology, He has received the president’s honour for eminent nephrologist from A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

Late Cherat Puthusseri Muttepadathil Sobha Mathai is his wife. His children are: Dr Smitha Mathai (pathologist, a IC Vellore); Dr Sona Mathai (paediatrician, Sheffield, UK); and Dr Saritha Mathai (ophthalmologist, Binningham, UK).


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Jini Mathew Passed Away in Detroit

DETROIT: Jini Mathew (58), mother of Fr. Mathew T. Mathew (Shaun) had passed away on Sunday January 13th at Detroit

The funeral was held on Wednesday, January 16th at Guardian Angel Cemetery, Rochester, MI after the Holy Qurbana and funeral services at St. Thomas Orthodox Church.

Southwest American Diocesan Metropolitan Alexios Mar Eusebius led the funeral services.

Viewing was conducted on Tuesday, January 15 at St. Thomas Orthodox Church of India.

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Sosamma Oommen, Mother of Fr. Reji Chacko, Damascus, Passes Away

THIRUVALLA: Sosamma Oommen (67), Kailathu House, Kavumbhagaom, Thiruvalla, M/o Fr. Reji Chacko, Vicar, St. Thomas Orthodox Church, Damascus, MD, passed away today. She had been suffering from illnesses for a prolonged time.

She is survived by husband Chacko Oommen. Sarasu John, Bahrain, Nirmala Maman, Kochumol Varghese and Mini Edison are her daughters. PV John Pallathu, Karackal; VM Maman, Vazhatharayil, Thirumoolapuram; Jose Varghese, Kavungaparambil, Niranam (Saudi Arabia); Edison Samuel – Thottathil Padinjarethil, Perissery (Saudi Arabia); and Bini Chacko, Pallathu, Onakoor, USA are the in laws.

Funeral services will be later.

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Silgy Thomas Passes Away at Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA: Sligy Thomas, w/o Thomas Varghese (Shaji), (Pulickachirayil, Mukkoottuthara, Erumeli) passed away on Sunday, November 14 at her residence at College Villa, Philadelphia.

Silgy was working at the Portstone Hospital, Philadelphia. She had been sick for a while.

Silgy is survived by her husband and children Shelvi, Sheen and Shane.

She was daughter of Thomas T.G. and Ponnamma (Erackathil, Chingavanom). Ashley, Lesley and Robin are siblings.

Wake will take place at St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church (1009 Unruh Ave, PA 19111) from 6.00-9.00 pm on Wednesday, November 17. Vicar of St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church Fr. M.K. Kuriakose and Fr. Saji Mathew Thannimoottil will lead the services.

Funeral services will begin at 9.00 am on Thursday, November 18 at Lamb Funeral Home.

For more details contact: 610.409.0240

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Kunjunjamma George Passes Away

MAVELIKKARA: Kunjunjamma George (78), mother of George Thazhakkara, Resident Editor (India), Indian Orthodox Herald, passed away at her residence at Thazhakkara on Wednesday, October 6, 2010. She was wife of late Varghese George, Pulivelil Padeettathil and hailed from Vadakkemelethil family, Thumpamon.

Hearing the news of her demise Metropolitan Joshua Mar Nichodemus of Nilackal Diocese reached their home to pray for the departed soul as well as to pay his homage. Senior Metropolitan of Malankara Dr. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios will reach their home tomorrow to lead prayers for Kunjamma George.

Sons of Kunjamma George, Oommen George and Mathew George (Treasurer, BMM Creations), both residents of USA, had reached their home at Thazhakkara on Tuesday.

Funeral will be on Thursday, October 7, 2010 at the Cemetery of St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral, Puthiyakaavu, Mavelikkara. Metropolitan Paulose Mar Pachomios of Mavelikkara Diocese and Metropolitan Abraham Mar Epiphanios of Sultan’s Battery Diocese will lead services.

Sons: Late George Varghese, Idiculla George (Mallassery), Oommen George (USA), Mathew George (USA), George Thazakkara.
Daughters: Mercy Thomas (Punnackadu),Moley George.

Sons and Daughters in Law: Susan, Thomas Tharian, Ammini, Ramani, George Varghese, Suja, Mini.

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Chor-Episcopos Abraham Ipe Mangattu Passes Away

KOTTAYAM: One of the prominent priests of Malankara Church and Vicar of St. Gregorios Orthodox Church, Kumaramkodu of the Diocese of Kottayam, Chor-Episcopos Abraham Mangattu passed away.

Funeral services will be at St. Thomas Orthodox Church, Vellukkutta at 3.30 pm and Metropolitan Geevarghese Mar Ivanios will lead services.

Chor-Episcopos Abraham Mangattu is survived by wife Lizykutty, Vadakkeveettil, Mavelikkara, Liju Susan, Lizu Elizabeth, and Abraham Littu Ipe (Kuwait). Fr. Saji Thomas, Palathinkal, Kumbalampoika and Jinu, Kayyalackal, Anandappalli are his sons in law.

Chor-Episcopos Abraham Mangattu served various parishes in Bombay, Calcutta and Kottayam Dioceses and parishes in Gulf as well.

He had also served as Diocesan Secretary of Calcutta Diocese, Vice-president of Ecumenical movement, Puthuppalli, and as Patron of Mangattu Family Conference.

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Fr. P.C. Yuhanon Ramban, Bethlalem Ashram, Chengamanaadu, Passes Away

KOTTARAKKARA: One of the prominent priests of the Diocese of Kollam of the Malankara Church and member of Bethlehem Ashram, Chengamanaadu, Fr. P.C. Yuhanon Ramban passed away on Friday, September 24, 2010. He was 60.

Fr. Yuhanon Ramban retired from St. Gregorios College, Kottarakkara and he was Professor in the Department of Syriac. He belonged to Konnayil Pallimelethil family, Ayoor.

Fr. Yuhanon Ramban served as Member of the Malankara Managing Committee. He had served the Church and society at various capacities like Teacher at the St. George Vocational Higher Secondary School, Chowalloor, Manager of the MPM ITC, Chengamanaadu, Manager of the Baselios English Medium School, Kottarakkara, Manager of Bethlahem Ashram, Chengamanaadu, MMC Corporate Schools’ Local Manager, and Manager of Mar Dioscoros Center, Sadaanandapuram.

He was serving as Vicar of St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Vadakkekkara Thazhathu Vadakku, Pattazhi. He had served more than 30 Churches as vicar at various dioceses of the Malankara Church.

Political, social, cultural and religious leaders from all walks of life conveyed their condolences at the demise of Fr. Yuhanon Ramban. Hearing the news thousands of disciples and students of Rambachan, including his previous and present parishioners poured into Bethlahem Ashram to pay their homage.

Funeral of Fr. Yuhanon Ramban will be at 2.00 pm on Monday, September 27, at Bethlahem Ashram Chapel, Chengamanaadu. Catholicos Elect Metropolitan Paulose Mar Milithios and other Metropolitans will lead services.

IOH family hereby puts into record our sincere condolence at the demise of Fr. Yuhanon Ramban. We also thankfully remember the services that Rambachan rendered to the Malankara Church and pray to God Almighty to count His servant along with the blessed saints at his second coming.

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Mariam George Passes Away

KOTTAYAM: Mariam Philip George (60), wife of famous Orthodox theologian and Principal of Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam, Fr. Dr. K.M. George, passed away. The demise was at 9.30 am local time on Friday, August 27, 2010 at their home at Devalokam, Kottayam, Kerala. Funeral will be at 3.00 pm on Saturday, August 28, 2010 at cemetery of St. Thomas Orthodox Church, Vadakkanmannoor, Kottayam. She was daughter of LL Fr. Philipose and Mrs. Thankamma Philipose, Vallyathu, Ezhakulam, Adoor.

Upon hearing the news the Catholicos Elect Metropolitan Paulose Mar Milithios and Metropolitan of Adoor-Kadampanadu Diocese Dr. Zacharias Mar Aprem reached their home and conducted prayers for the departed soul.

Mariam Philip George was under treatment for a while, as she was affected by the painful and dreaded cancer decease. She had served as high school teacher at the MD Seminary High School, Kottayam and took voluntary retirement due to her illness.

She wrote a book during her illness days, ‘Ente Krupa Ninakku Mathi’ (My Mercy Is Sufficient For You), which received wide appreciation. She has also published an album for the solace of the sick, which included songs and prayers.