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Forest Park Funeral Home

114-03 Queens Blvd, Forest Hills, NY

OBITUARY

Asefa Gebrewold

September 29, 1932July 21, 2019
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Asefa Gebrewold was born on September 29, 1932 in Harar, Ethiopia to the late Ato Abocher Gebere and the late Weizero Etagenyehu Negusa. His siblings Amarashet, Getenesh, the late Zenaba and their children and grandchildren reside in Ethiopia. Asefa was raised by his Uncle, the late Ato Gebrewold Engidawork. He is survived by his wife Haregowoein, his three daughters Etaghenyehu, Tegest and Bethlehem, his grandchildren Ayana, Ayeda and Jeremiah and family members in the United States and Ethiopia. Asefa was a loving husband, a dedicated father and a supportive family member. Asefa received his HS Honors Diploma from Secondary School in Ambo, Ethiopia. He attended the Agricultural College in Alemya, Ethiopia where he received a Bachelors of Science Degree. He then received a scholarship to attend a historically black college, Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama, where he received two Masters Degree in Plant Science and Animal Science. His professional career began at the Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Animal Disease Control in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as a Veterinary Training Leader. Subsequently, he was a Parasitology Technologist at the Ministry of Public Health, Department of Central Laboratory in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. After relocating to the United States, he worked as a Research Assistant at the Department of Physiology at New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York. He then worked as a Clinical Technologist at the Department of Hematology at the Metropolitan Hospital in New York, NY. He spent the last 24 years as a Research Scientist at the Department of Physiology at Downstate Medical Center, State University of New York in Brooklyn, NY. His research work, along with his team, was published throughout the years. Asefa Gebrewold was a devoted clergyman of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. He is a founding member of the first Ethiopian Orthodox Church in the Western Hemisphere, Holy Trinity Church in Bronx, NY, where he was anointed by the late Abuna Yesaq and served as a Deacon. He was also a founding member of the St. Mary of Zion Church back in 1991 where he was anointed and promoted to Priesthood. Asefa worked tirelessly to serve and minister the congregation. The last 13 years Asefa was living with Alzheimer’s disease. He was under family care and remained at his residence in Queens until his final day. Asefa peacefully left to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 21st, 2019.

Services

  • Asefa Gebrewold Thursday, July 25, 2019
  • Asefa Gebrewold Friday, July 26, 2019
  • Asefa Gebrewold Friday, July 26, 2019

Memories

Asefa Gebrewold

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kiflu gebrewold

July 27, 2019

I will never forget the Sunday pick-nicks to Bishoftu, Koka or elsewhere. The gardening he thought us to do. He would spend more time with us kids than hang around with adults. Playing and joking with us kids was fun for him at times for hours. He would check on our homework and insist on discipline, but alwsys with a great heart. He thought me how to drive a car, while I was barely 15. Thank you for catering in my childhood and being my big, intelligent and caring brother. You will always stay in my heart.

Bryant Morgan

July 23, 2019

TO THE ASEFA FAMILY,
SENDING YOU OUR DEEPEST CONDOLENSES AND SYMPATHY! OUR LOVE & PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU NOW AND ALWAYS.
LOVE,
BRYANT & FAMILY

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