Rev. Stephen Karaffa

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania


Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania


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Very Rev. Stephen Karaffa,

Pastor of St. Peter & St. Paul Orthodox Church, Burr Ridge, beloved husband of Gayle, nee Carvey; loving father of Kevin (Peggy) and Laryssa (Very Rev. Emilian) Hutnyan; dear grandfather of Natalia,

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Dear Fr. Karaffa's family,
We were saddened to learn of your loss. My husband and I were married by Fr. Stephen at St. Mark's in Wrightstown, PA in November of 1989. We will always remember his kindness and supporting words to the two of us as newlyweds. Our prayers are with you. May Fr. Stephen's memory be eternal.

To Father Karaffa's family. I just learned of his passing. I was a student at Bourgade when Father Karaffa was teaching there. He was always so pleasant to be around. I remember when he came to our home and joined our family for dinner a couple of times. Oh how we all enjoyed the conversation and laughs. I will forever remember his laughter and smile. Rest in peace Father Karrafa.

To Gayle and Family,
We would like to express our condolences to you on your great loss. We have many fine memories of both of you and the children when you lived in Connecticut. Our thoughts and prayers go with you and your family.

Dear Matushka and family:
Please accept my deepest sympathy in this time of sudden loss. Seeing Fr. Stephen at the Council and exchanging greetings with him was very precious to me, since I well remember the kindness he and you showed to me, Donna and our two girls when we were at St. Tikhon's together. You are much in my prayers and the prayers of our little mission.
all my love in the Lord,

Dear Gayle & Family:

Please accept our condolences during this trying time for you and your family.

I was deeply saddened by the passing of my good and long time friend. He was a good friend growing up together in school and working at the bank for many years. Our continued phone conversations were alot of fun and reminising was great. I will miss him dearly and there will be a deep void for me as I enjoyed our friendship. I am also very sorry I could not attend his...

Dear Matuska and Family,
Please accept my heartfelt sympathy on the death of your loved one. Fr. Stephen was a good friend. As a President of our OCCA in Chicago he was a wonderful and capable leader, always optimistic and enthusiastic. We enjoyed having him as our brother in Christ the Lord. Just ten days ago we met at the Sts Peter and Paul Church for our by-monthly meeting and had a pleasant time and a good meeting.
May his memory be eternal!
Vjacnaja Pamjat!

Dear Matushka Gayle and Family: We were very sorry to hear of Fr.'s passing and of your great loss. We will always remember Fr. Stephen as a very kind and caring man. Its been years, but we also remember fondly when visiting you at St. Mark's in Buckingham how you made our family feel at home and shared a dinner with us. You and Fr. have been a good example for your children. Kevin, to this day, continues to help us when Alkolyte short handed in the alter. May the love of our Lord, God...

Dear Matushka Gayle and family,
Father Stephen was so dear to me and to all our parishioners. I will miss him terribly. He was so humble and approachable and had a sweet sense of humor, one of the people. May he rest with the saints. Memory Eternal!
Nada Jensen

The Foursome

Matudhka Gayle and Family, Father Stephen was a Joy to be around. He made everyone feel welcomed, especially Mike. Father Stephen welcomed this Southern Baptist with open Arms.

We are so very sorry for your loss. You are in our Hopes and Payer. And we miss Father Stephen, even on the Golf Course.


The Smith Family