Glorious exit of Mama Helen Ihentuge
The family members of late Pa Charles Ihentuge of Ihitte Mbieri, Mbaitoli LGA expressed gratefulness to God over a virtuous life lived by their mother, Mrs. Helen Adaure Ihentuge as she was committed to mother earth in her husband’s compound after a requiem Mass at St. Benignus Catholic Parish Ihitte Mbieri, Friday September 16.
The funeral Mass which was well attended attracted over 30 priests including Rt. Rev. Msgr. Theophilus Okere, Rev. Fr. Dr. Alphonsus Oha, Secretary/Chancellor Owerri Archdiocese, and Very Rev. Fr. Prof. Ethelbert Amaku Cmf, Rector Claretian Institute of Philosophy, Maryland Nekede. Very Rev. Fr. Patrick Ibole, Vicar General, Owerri Archdiocese was also there and he presided at the Mass.
Welcoming the congregated mourners and symparthizers, Fr. Ibole who represented Archbishop Obinna, thanked them, particularly fellow priests for identifying with the bereaved family. He said that their presence was a fitting testimony that the deceased lived not only an infectious worthy life, but gave good account of herself as a Christian mother. The chief celebrant prayed God to grant those she left behind the courage to bear the loss, even as he prayed for her peaceful repose.
While preaching the sermon, Fr. Gerry Amadi who recounted his personal contact with the diseased expressed gratitude to God for given the family such a wonderful mother, adding that her ”saintly personality is the reason for this crowd”.
Drawing the attention of the faithful to the reality of the solemn event, the homilist, who is the immediate past parish priest, noted that the sole aim of the gathering was to remain committed in prayer that God may grant the departed mother the graces to inherit heaven. He further harped on the need to serve God while alive, stressing that Mama Helen did not shy away from any religious activity hence she was unwavering in catholic faith.
With a strong emphasis on the casket harboring the mortal remains of the deceased the priest concluded by stating that good account of earthly stewardship anchored on righteousness remains the only route to God’s kingdom.
In a funeral oration presented shortly before the end of the Mass, the family however, noted that their mom who was born into the family of late Mr. David Anyanwu Edoziem and late Ezinne Eunice Edoziem of Ezinihitte Mbieri was married to late Pa Charles Ihentuge.
Aged 79, Mama Helen who according to the oration was said to have joined pantheon of marriage gold medalists in the church would fondly be remembered for her dedication to prayers.
Overwhelmed by the level of solidarity shown them by priests, fellow religious, and the lay faithful, Rev. Sr. Rosemary Ihentuge in a thank you speech commended them and prayed God to replenish them all.
While expressing gratitude to God that her mom spent an exemplary live, Sr. Ihentuge, who belongs to the Daughters of Charity of the Most Precious Blood Congregation, recalled that it was the wish of her mother that priests and religious in their numbers would witness her funeral. She therefore, thanked God for making the dream come true.
Mama Helen Ihentuge is survived by eight children: Chief Anthony Ihentuge, Mrs. Adaku Enaohwo, Mrs. Veronica Onyema, Mr Vitalis Ihentuge, Mr. Peter Ihentuge, Insp. Paulinus Ihentuge, Rev. Sr. Rosemaary Ihentug, Comr. Chris Ihentuge, 22 grand children and other relations including Rev. Frs: Inno Edoziem and Paschal Edoziem brother and nephew respectively.