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August 14, 2018

Nneoma Cecilia & Nze M.N. Nwoke join Saints Triumphant

Late Ezinna M.N. Nwoke with Nneonna Cecilia Nwoke
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The duo of Nze Matthew and Nneoma Cecilia Nwokorie were interred at their Alaiyi-Umudibia country home, Umualumaku Umueze Autonomous Community, Ehime Mbano L.G.A Imo State on Thursday, April 12, 2018 after the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at St. Joseph Parish celebrated by Rev. Fr. Callistus Ogu, the Bishop’s delegate.
Rev. Fr. Callistus Ogu, (Ekwueme), former Parish Priest of St. Joseph Umualumaku concelebrated the requiem Mass with a retinue of priests including Rev. Frs. Peter Anyanwu Okigwe Diocesan Director of Communications and Editor of Sage Newspapers, Rev. Fr. Kelechi Uzuegbu, Damian Iwundu Vincent Emezie, Christian Obioha, Fr. Joseph Kanini, Leo Ewuzie, Anthony Dieme, (incumbent Parish Priest), Obi Hillary (Curate), Cletus Ehiem, Kingsley Eze, Dr. B.A.A. Osuji, 1st Ehime indigenous Priest. The funeral Mass was also graced by pastors of the Anglican Communion comprising Rev. Levi 0. Maduakolam and Rev. Daniel Ihemeobi.

In his homily Rev. Fr. Peter Anyanwu expressed regrets over the inauspicious absence of Bishop Solomon Amatu who longed to celebrate the requiem Mass. He extended warm felicitation from the prelate to the bereaved family.
The homilist went philosophical asking why must it be the time to bid farewell to the husband and wife together? He was at a loss on why it is the turn of the Managing Director of Ehime Guest House who he described as a path finder, a generous philanthropist, a highly religious man, a quintessential, a programmatic jolly good fellow and a devout Christian, a good man who used his time and resources to help humanity and propagated the growth of the church to enviable height.

Fr. Anyanwu the first Parish Priest of St. Joseph’s Umualumaku recalled with nostalgia the heydays of the parish in building, recalling how the deceased used his vehicle to convey construction material of the church.

He described the deceased couple as being highly humane Christians, dogged Catholics and a man and woman of the people. He admonished the congregation to pray and keep the commandments of God as both heaven and hell are real, he cautioned. He warned that sinner can go to heaven, while a corrupt person will never make heaven because he cannot be humble.

Aged 80, Late Nze M.N. Nwoke (Blakio) was born in 1938 to the Umunwokeke kindred of Alaiyi – Umudibia, Umualumaku Umueze Autonomous Community. His wife Nneoma Cecilia Anulika Nwokerie was born in 1952 to the late Nze Isaac Nwaiwu and Lolo Theresa Nwaiwu of Umuopara Ogboama, Umuezeala Owerre in 1952. She was a devout Christian mother who belonged to various pious organizations including: Sacred heart of Jesus, St. Jude’s society, Legion of Mary and Catholic Charismatic renewal of Nigeria.


Their marriage is blessed with 31 grand children, four great grand children, 12 children including Mr. Emmanuel Anayo (first son) Nwokorie, Paul Chigozie, Peter Chibueze Francis Onyekachi, Anthony Ugochukwu, Okechukwu Ihiechukwu Nwokorie, Mrs. Ifeoma Egbule, Mrs. Chika Ubom, Miss Chinne Blacky, Mrs. Nnenna Cyril, Miss Princess Nwokorie and Mrs. Obiageri Nwokorie and many other relations too numerous to mention.

Top brass personalities present at the funeral included Sir Chidiebere Okoroafor (Ebere links), Senator Athan Achonu, HRH Eze Sir C.U. Okoro, HRH Eze Francis Tobechi Obute, Engr. Dr. Chinedu Haco Obasi, Dr. George Ekwebelem, Hon. Ken Agbim, Chief Ethel Nwachukwu, Hon. Val Ekwebelem, Chief Bernard Njoku, Lady Maria Amah, K.K. Matins Ogoke and Nneoma W.C. Ugochukwu among others.



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