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Saturday, 31 October 2015

31 October 2015. Matushka Lila Ann Regan… Memory Eternal!

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Lila Ann Regan died on Tuesday, 27 October 2015, after suffering two years with multiple myeloma, a form of bone marrow cancer.

She was born in Hollywood CA in May 1946, but she lived her early years in nearby Pasadena. Then, she met her husband of 39 years, Michael, at the then-new St John Chrysostom mission in Pasadena CA. The couple married in 1976, promptly going for three years to St Vladimir Seminary in Yonkers NY. She worked for Pacific Bell for over ten years, then, transferred to New York Bell for three years. After that, for many years, she was an elementary school secretary at Fairmont Elementary School in Vacaville School District, from which she retired in 2012. At the same time, as an Orthodox priest’s wife (‘matushka’ [Russian for “Little Mother”]), first at St Herman in Oxnard CA (1979-83), and then at St Michael, now in Concord CA, for 32 years, ever-faithful in her service as the “sunshine lady” and friendly voice for everyone.

She is survived by her husband, Archpriest Michael, and three children, Thomas, Nicholas, and Kristia, and by her three sisters, Doris Holmes, Bernice Shaheen, Linda Rafeedie, her brother George Rafeedie, and many extended family members. Services for Matushka Lila will be Saturday, 7 November, with the funeral beginning at 11.00 at St Michael Orthodox Church, 2425 Olivera Road, Concord CA., with interment following at Oakmont Cemetery in Lafayette CA.

Please make donations in Lila’s name to St Michael’s Orthodox Church in lieu of flowers.

The parish website is here. Contact them with all enquiries.


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