"Today in America we enjoy a Church life enriched in a multitude of ways; with beautiful choirs and liturgical music, religious education programs for children and adults, charitable programs, youth programs, seminaries, a growing enthusiasm for spiritual and theological writings and journals, and much more. Virtually none of this existed at the beginning of the twentieth centruy. We owe a great debt to the generations that have come before us who built a vibrant Church life from very little more that their own commitment and faith and the mighty grace of God." - from The Saint Nina Quarterly magazine
Some of the people who have helped build our community at Saint Marks have gone before us to the Lord. Please keep them in your prayers -
O God of spirits and of all flesh, Who hast trampled down death and overthrown the Devil, and given life to Thy world, do Thou, the same Lord, give rest to the souls of Thy departed servants in a place of brightness, a place of refreshment, a place of repose, where all sickness, sighing, and sorrow have fled away. Pardon every transgression which they have committed, whether by word or deed or thought. For Thou art a good God and lovest mankind; because there is no man who lives yet does not sin, for Thou only art without sin, Thy righteousness is to all eternity, and Thy word is truth.
For Thou are the Resurrection, the Life, and the Repose of Thy servants who have fallen asleep, O Christ our God, and unto Thee we ascribe glory, together with Thy Father, who is from everlasting, and Thine all-holy, good, and life-creating Spirit, now and ever unto ages of ages. Amen.
Listed chronologically - click on the image to see a larger version
Archpriest Michael Margitich November 11, 2017 First priest of St. Mark of Ephesus - father of Mark and his wife Gina and children Bobby and SImon - loved so dearfly by all
George Pappas August 16, 2017 good friend of St. Mark's - devoted husband - Brother in Law of Nick Douzanis
Vacellici "Betty" Cortissoz October 1, 2016 wife of Paul, beloved parishoner - always smiling and helpful - an example to all
Raisa (Rose) Eaton August 2016 - Beloved wife of Richard - both key members of our early parish community - pious and loyal
Haig Karakashian June 21, 2016 much loved - gentle soul - inspiration to all
John Kosachook (February 27, 2016) - loyal parish member - husband of Winifred (Freddie) - former mayor of Little Falls, NJ
John Wozniak (November 23, 2015) - Founding father of our community - enabled us to purchase our building - humble leader - role model and pious Christian - loving husband of Anna - father of our beloved Sandy
The Rev. Naseeb Constantine Masood, 75, Duxbury, Mass., formerly of Altoona, died Jan. 15, 2015, after a long illness.
He was born in Altoona, son of Dr. Naseeb and Dorothy (Cassell) Masood.
Surviving are his wife, Diana (Bistany); six children: Daniel (Laurie), Gregory (Olga), Christopher (Ruth), Peter (Silvana), Andrea Tougas (Roger) and Alexandra Perrigo (Jonathan); 17 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He also leaves his two brothers: Dr. Edward of Williamsport, Md., and Jonathan of Flower Mound, Texas; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Father Constantine was a 1957 graduate of Altoona High School and received his Master of Divinity from St. Vladimir's Russian Orthodox Theological Seminary, New York City, and an additional master's degree from Boston College in counseling psychology.
Father Constantine served as parish priest in Danbury, Conn.; Beckley, W.Va.; New Kensington; Philadelphia; Beaumont, Texas; South Glens Falls, N.Y.; and Omaha, Neb.
A funeral service was held Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, at St. Mark of Ephesus Orthodox Church, Kingston, Mass. Interment was at Mayflower Cemetery, Duxbury, Mass.
Josephine (Houhoulis) Papadinis (February 13, 2012) - loving mother of our Cookie Bakas
Eleanor Kostachuk (November 27, 2011) - beloved and devoted wife of Victor - mother to Paula, Lynne and Debbie - grandmother to Jeff (George) - we miss you
Michael Rohr (May 2011) - wife Linda - daughters Christine, Suzanne, Jackie
Apollo Manchuk (April 12, 2011) Apollo and his wife Elizabeth used to visit St. Mark's. They were from St. Nicholas Cathedral in Washington, DC. May his memory be eternal.
Fred Howard (March 24, 2011) Mr. Howard epitomized piety, grace, dignity and compassion - falling asleep in the Lord at age 103
Helen Mouchka (March 2011) - mother of Kathryn White
Victor Kostachuk (May 6, 2010) A man of quiet strength - devoted husband to Eleanor - well respected by all - member of the Finance Committee
Brynn Tessa Foley (January 29, 2010) May God keep her safe and secure - she is loved
Nicholas J. Douzanis (January 22, 2010) - devoted family man - highly decorated Vietnam War veteran - Novice at Mt. Athos - peaceful, humble Servant of God
Lubov "Lovie" Dechio (November 6, 2009)
One of our Matriarchs - truly an inspiration for her piety, knowledge and strength of faith - a loving teacher to us all in the way of Orthodoxy
Anna Hotz Wallis (2009) Nancy Haddad's mom
Dorothea "Becky" Lee (November 30, 2008) on the left in the first photo making palms with Cookie
Michael Markon (2008) Truly a man of peace and piety - his steady presence was a spiritual tower within our community
Ed Elias (right) (2008) with Subdeacon Peter
Jerry Mellinger (2008) husband of Paula Mellinger
Margot Lorenzi (2008) Ramon Mojica's mother - born 2/22/1922 "A most generous human being"
Nancy Gagliardi (2005) Father Antoni Gori's mom
Jean Brodeur (2004) Her presence at every service demonstrated her love of the Lord
Joe Brodeur (2010) Jean's husband
John Pambuko (2004) A man of quiet faith he was a solid part of our community
Robert Price (2004) A stalwart member of our community - he served as Treasurer guiding us securely and with trust in God
David Steinemer (2004) A quiet man, he worked dilligently behind the scenes in support of our community - his handiwork and construction abilities helped hold our community together
Louise McCann (2004) John Panmbuko's sister
Freda Bistany (2002) Diana Masood's mother was another matriarch of our community - teaching us all about piety and Faith - we loved her bake sale goodies!
Mary Marberry (2001) sister of Dorothea "Becky" Lee and one of the early members of our parish
George Sowpel (February 23, 1998) His wide smile and hearty laughter will always be remembered along with the innocence of his Faith
Kathryn Wozniak (October 13, 1997) mother of John Wozniak and grandmother of Alexandra "Sandy" Laferete
Theodora "Theresa" South (July 4, 1997) Her strong Faith and courage during the most trying times was an inspiration to us all.
Virginia Stasinos (1996)
Nicholas Stasinos (1996)
Elwyn Paisii Atwood (February 27, 1993)
Anastasia Dubrovsky (1992) Andrei's mother
Christina Neculescu (August 27, 1991)