Prayer Requests

10/24/18 — For the repose of the soul of Anne Therese Karaffa

Dear College Community,

In your charity, please pray for the repose of the soul of Anne Therese Karaffa.

Anne was a donor to the college and a dedicated 7:30am Mass attendee here on campus.

As I understand, Anne spent many hours praying in the chapel and was discerning a religious vocation to the Linden Dominicans when she was killed in a tragic automobile accident while down in Alabama visiting Mother Angelica’s EWTN facilities/shrine.

Please pray for the repose of Anne’s soul and for her extended family.

A photo of Anne is attached and a link (and the text) to Anne’s obituary is below.

Eternal rest grant unto her O LORD.  May perpetual light shine upon her.  May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.  Amen.

 

Thank you,

Vincent T. Criste (’98)

Director of Alumni & Donor Relations

Christendom College

134 Christendom Dr

Front Royal, VA 22630

540-551-9180 office

540-660-9617 cell

vince.criste@christendom.edu

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http://www.henryfuneralhome.net/obituary/anne-karaffa?fh_id=15664

Anne Therese Karaffa, 57, of 1117 Ashby Street, died Monday, October 15, 2018,  in Alabama.

She was born April 29, 1961, in Teaneck, New Jersey, a daughter of John Francis and Lucille Carmella (Sposa) Karaffa.

She was employed as a physical therapist for the Front Royal School System.

She was a member of St. John the Baptist Church in Front Royal and was extremely devoted to the Lord.

In addition to her parents, family members include three brothers and sisters-in-law, John Mark and Rebecca (Paretsky) Karaffa of Verona, Thomas and Elizabeth Karaffa of Staunton, and Dr. David Matthew and Sandra (Elliott) Karaffa of Palm Coast, Florida; numerous nieces and nephews; and God children.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Lucille Christine Karaffa.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 20, 2018, in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church by Father Joseph Wamala.  Burial will follow in Thornrose Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.henryfuneralhome.net.

10/3/18 — Update on Three Deaths Within the Greater College Community.

Dear Alumni,

Please see the update below on the three deaths within the greater college community.

Vince

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Mr. Richard O’Donnell (Dr. O’Donnell’s father)

Viewing will be at Moser’s Funeral Home: 233 Broadview Avenue, Warrenton, VA 20186

Thursday, October 4 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm

 

Funeral will be at St. John’s in Warrenton: 271 Winchester St, Warrenton, VA 20186

Friday, October 5 at 11:00 am

Reception after Mass for all. Burial will be a private ceremony for just the family.

All of the O’Donnells appreciate all the prayers for Mr. O’Donnell and the family.

 

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Angela Wimmer

No obituary as of this email but a there is a GoFundMe page setup for her family:

https://www.gofundme.com/funeral-expenses-for-angela-wimmer

 

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Paul Davidson

Employee from Fall 1988 to Spring 1989 as an Associate Professor in Mathematics.

Long-time meber of the choir, Paul was a tenor, faithfully showing up for rehearsals and to sing at the Sunday Masses from the time the mid-1990’s until the fall of 2013 or 2014.

 

Paul Robert Davidson(1942 – 2018)

Paul Robert Davidson, 76, of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Shenandoah Senior Living in Front Royal.

A memorial service will be held Friday, October 5, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Maddox Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Front Royal with Father Phillip Cozzi officiating.

Mr. Davidson was born August 29, 1942 in Waterbury, Connecticut to the late Arnold and Christine Hathaway Davidson.

He was also preceded in death by his son, Garth Davidson.

He was a member of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church and worked for Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Enesta Ellen Davidson; son, Christian Davidson; former wife, Mary Pendlin; and five grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to may be made to the Front Royal Pregnancy Center, 11 South Street, Front Royal, 22630.

Arrangements are being handled by Maddox Funeral Home, Front Royal, Virginia.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.maddoxfuneralhome

Sign the Guest Book at www.nvdaily.com/obituaries

Funeral Home

Maddox Funeral Home

105 West Main Street Front Royal, VA 22630

540-635-2773

Published in Northern Virginia Daily on Oct. 2, 2018

 

Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord.  May perpetual light shine upon them.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.  Amen.

10/2/18 — Funeral details for Mr. Richard O’Donnell, RIP

Dear All,

I wanted to share with you the viewing and funeral details for Mr. Richard O’Donnell, who is

 Dr. O’Donnell’s father and Declan and Niall O’Donnell’s grandfather.

Viewing will be at Moser’s Funeral Home: 233 Broadview Avenue, Warrenton, VA 20186

Thursday, October 4 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Funeral will be at St. John’s in Warrenton: 271 Winchester St, Warrenton, VA 20186

Friday, October 5 at 11:00 am

Reception after Mass for all. Burial will be a private ceremony for just the family.

All of the O’Donnells appreciate all the prayers for Mr. O’Donnell and the family.

Thanks,

Brenda

Mrs. Brenda Seelbach

Executive Assistant to the President

10/1/18 –RIP Angela Wimmer and Paul Davidson

Prayer Requests:
The College Community has lost two members this past weekend – alumna Angela Wimmer and faculty/choir member Paul Davidson.
Angela Wimmer who attended from 8/23/2011 to 5/9/2013 was killed by a drunk driver.
Additional info below:
Also Paul Davidson, a math professor from the late 80’s and a long-time member of the college choir, passed away as well.
I will share their funeral arrangements later this week when they are available.
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord.  May perpetual light shine upon them.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.  Amen.

9/23/18 — Alumni Family Seeks Help After Hurricane Florence

EMERGENCY ALERT

 

As you know, Hurricane Florence dumped massive amounts of rain in its path and extensive damage from flooding is wreaking havoc in North Carolina.

One alumni family struck by disaster is the Patrick and Patricia Dean (’98) family who have lost their home and their outbuildings along with their contents to flood waters caused by Hurricane Florence.

Pat and Trisha’s oldest child is a freshman at Christendom.

There is a Go Fund Me page to help them through this tragedy.

https://www.gofundme.com/help-pat-and-trisha-dean-rebuild

Please look at the site, read their story and donate if possible.

Spread the word!

God bless,

Vince

8/30/18 — Obituary for Dr. Mitchell Archie Kalpakgian

Dear Alumni,

The obituary for Dr. Mitchell Archie Kalpakgian, an English Language and Literature professor who taught at Christendom from the Fall 1990 through the spring semester 1992, can be found here:

http://www.giragosianfuneralhome.com/m/?p=memorial&id=2132616

 

Text of obituary here:

Dr. Mitchell Archie Kalpakgian, age 77, of Warner, New Hampshire, passed away surrounded by his children on August 27, 2018, from complications with leukemia.

Mitchell was born on January 24, 1941 in Milford, Massachusetts, a son of Armenian immigrants, the late Archie and Meliné (Manouelian) Kalpakgian.

He earned a B.A. from Bowdoin College, an M.A. from the University of Kansas where he was part of the Integrated Humanities Program, and a Ph.D in English Literature from the University of Iowa.

You can also read the college press release (if you have not already seen it) here:

https://www.christendom.edu/2018/08/28/remembering-english-professor-dr-mitchell-kalpakgian/

 

Any notes of condolences can be sent to his son and Christendom alumnus Greg Kalpakgian at:

14 Geneva St.

Warner NH 03278

 

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

 

Vincent T. Criste (’98)

Director of Alumni & Donor Relations

Christendom College

134 Christendom Dr

Front Royal, VA 22630

540-636-2900 x 1652

540-660-9617

vince.criste@christendom.edu

8/29/18 — Dr. Mitchell Kalpakgian RIP & Jim Ringer Obituary

Dear Alumni,

I have two college related deaths to share with you.

First – Dr. Mitchell Kalpakgian, a professor who taught English literature here in the early 90’s (trying to confirm exactly when) passed away.  Will share the obituary when available.

Second – below you will see Jim Ringer’s obituary (link and text) below.  Jim worked for the operations department of Christendom College from August 1989 to November 2000.

I already have several good testimonials from alumni sharing good Jim Ringer memories.  If you knew Jim and would like to share some good memories, please email me (vince.criste@christendom.edu) and I’ll share them with Mrs. Ringer.

God bless,

Vince

 

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http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nvdaily/obituary.aspx?pid=190076855 

Jim Ringer died peacefully at home surrounded by his family August 25, 2018 in Middletown, VA at the age of 79.

Jim was born January 2, 1939 in Albright, WV to Robert Ray Ringer and Luella Richard Ringer. He graduated from Kingwood High School in 1957.

He was a veteran of the United States Army stationed in Ft. Hood, TX.

He worked at Avtex Fibers, Christendom College, Powhattan School and Skyline Cap Headstart until he retired in 2006. He was a member of Valley Assembly of God, where he served as treasurer and board member.

Jim is survived by his wife of 58 years, Doris Emogene Johnson Ringer; his daughter, Gina Franklin, her husband Rusty and his son J.D. Ringer; granddaughters, Emmalee (Wayne) and Sara; great grandchildren, Kennedey, Titus, Elizabeth and Peyton; his brother, John Bridgan of Maine; his sister, Bonnie Hadel of Maryland; his sisters-in-law, Dottie Holden and Juanita Senter; brother-in-law, Tim Senter; nephews, Howard Hadel, John Bridgan, and Timothy Senter; and his niece, Pam Hadel.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Nancy McElroy of Albright WV; his in-laws, the Rev. Irving and Emma Johnson of Front Royal VA; and his brother-in-law, the Rev. Gerald Holden of Front Royal VA.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday September 1, 2018 at Valley Assembly of God, 2376 4th St., Middletown VA 22645. The Rev. William Wood and the Rev. Dottie Holden will be officiating. The family will receive friends after the service at the fellowship hall.

Jim generously donated his body for research. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in his name to Valley Assembly of God Building Fund. P.O. Box 142, Middletown, VA 22645 or Convoy of Hope, 330 S. Patterson Ave., Springfield, MO 65802 or Convoyofhope.org.

Arrangements are being handled by Maddox Funeral Home, Front Royal.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.maddoxfuneralhome.com

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8/27/18 — Jim Ringer, RIP

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Dear Alumni,

In case you had not yet heard, Jim Ringer, a beloved custodial employee of the college, passed away on Saturday August 25..

His memorial will be held on Saturday September 1st at 11am at Valley Assembly of God, 2376 4th Street, Middletown VA 22645.

I will circulate his obituary when it is available.

May he rest in peace.

IDEA …

Jim was like a father/grandfather figure to many students who knew him.  If you would like to send in a tribute (recall a funny joke he would tell,  maybe some way he helped you, or even some good memory you cherish) feel free to send it to me and I’ll collect those and give them to Mrs. Ringer as a keepsake from the alumni.

Please send them to vince.criste@christendom.edu … subject line:  “Jim Ringer”

If you prefer to send a sympathy card directly to Mrs. Emogene Ringer, please send to:

362 Guard Hill Rd, Middletown, VA 22645-3664

God bless,

Vince

Vincent T. Criste (’98)
Director of Alumni & Donor Relations
Christendom College
134 Christendom Dr
Front Royal, VA 22630
540-636-2900 x 1652
540-660-9617
vince.criste@christendom.edu

8/13/18 — Prayer Request and Go Fund Me Site for Alumnus Jim Grumblatt

Hello Alumni!
In case you have not yet heard about alumnus Jim Grumblatt, his need for prayer and the site created to help him … please keep reading!
From the Go Fund Me Site:
“Jim, a devoted husband and father, has dedicated his life to serving his fellow man as a paramedic, emergency room nurse, and hospice nurse. Now he needs our help. During a recent trip to his high school reunion, Jim detoured to Edmonton, Canada to visit a classmate. Two days later, Jim failed to make his flight home and went missing for more than 36 hours. When police finally found Jim, all of his belongings were gone and he was in an altered mental state, suffering from hallucinations and memory loss. Circumstances and preliminary medical testing indicate that Jim was likely drugged and then robbed.”
To read the entire story and/or make a donation to help this father of 8 …. please go to:  https://www.gofundme.com/victimizedfatherof8
Please continue to pray for Jim, his alumna wife Lorrie and the Grumblatt family during this scary and bizarre situation.
God bless,
Vince

8/10/18 — Prayer Request – Jim Ringer

To all who remember Jim Ringer (Maintenance worker here at CC through 2000)
– his wife Emogene reached out to the college early this morning.

She stated that Jim is suffering from Alzheimer’s and Hospice is tending
him.  He will not survive much longer.

She has asked for prayers for Jim and all of his family during this time.