Very Reverend K. Stephen Karaffa, 65, Pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, Burr Ridge, Ill., and formerly the Pastor of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church of Hanover Township section of Nanticoke, fell asleep in the Lord, November 11, 2008, following the Divine Liturgy at the Orthodox Church of America’s 15th All-American Council in Pittsburgh, Pa. His wife Matushka Galina (Gayle) nee Carvey survives him.
He was born April 1, 1943 in Bridgeport, Conn., a son of the late Stephen and Helen nee Demchak Karaffa. He was a graduate of the Orthodox Theological Seminary. He was a humble Servant of God and dedicated to the services and needs of the Church. His kindness and soulfulness healed many Christians. A Man of God who knew His Father.
Surviving are his beloved Wife Matushka Gayle, loving father of son, Kevin Karaffa and wife, Peggy; daughter, Matushka Laryssa, and husband, the Very Rev. Emilian Hutnyan; dear grandfather of Natalia, Zachary, Faith, Steffan and Sebastian.
Requiem services and burial will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Monastery Church and cemetery. Clergy, friends, parishioners are welcome and all the faithful to pray and support the family. The family will receive you from 9 a.m. until service time.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to the following: SS. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, Burr Ridge, IL, or to the Scholarship Fund of St. Tikhon’s Theological Seminary, South Canaan, PA. Arrangements are entrusted to the Simon S. Russin Funeral, Plains.
Published in Times Leader on Nov. 15, 2008.