OBITUARY

Talat Rafizadeh

September 6, 1931February 16, 2021

Talat Rafizadeh departed this world on February 16th, 2021 at 2:05 pm MT Time, winging her flight to the celestial realms. Talat, affectionately called Amashje by loved ones, was born on September 6, 1931 in Najafabad, Isfahan, Iran to Mr. Aziz’u’llah and Mrs. Shahbagum Yazdani Erfani. She was the first of four (4) children.

Talat attended an all-girls primary school in Isfahan. After WWII, her family moved to Tehran where she attended Sunday school classes taught by distinguished members of the Baha’i Faith, including Hand of The Cause Mr. Faizi. One day, Mr. Faizi stopped by to visit her family and gifted her a hair pin, a gift and memory she cherished her entire life.

A hallmark characteristic of Talat was her nurturing maternal capacities. She married her husband, Mr. Allahgholi Rafizadeh in 1949 and raised their five (5) children, sons Arsalan (Sima), John, Schumann (Mondona) and Norman and daughter Madlen (Stephen). In addition, Talat was a loving and nurturing presence to her brothers and grandchildren, including her two surviving brothers, Rahmat Erfani and Behzad (Ben) Erfani and ten surviving grandchildren, Alan Rafizadeh, John Rafizadeh, Shireen Connor, Kathy Rafizadeh, Eugene Connor, Cyrus Rafizadeh, Parisa Rafizadeh, Darius Rafizadeh, Camille Connor and Sean Jones.

Talat faced many challenges in her life, overcoming each with strength, dignity and grace. She used her talent as a seamstress to provide everything for her family following her husband’s discriminatory dismissal (religious) from lifelong military service. Valuing education, she tenaciously secured a school uniform contract to provide her children access high-quality private school education. Though her long, beautiful hair brought acclaim, including winning an internationally televised challenge, she remained humble, never boasting of any personal achievements. After encouraging her children to seek higher education abroad (when religious discrimination limited opportunities for Baha’is in Iran), she joined them in 1978, moving with Alahgholi to the United States.

They settled first in Columbus, Ohio and later enjoyed warmer winters in their second home in Houston, Texas. In both cities, Talat took the challenge of assimilating head-on, learning English, obtaining a drivers license, employment, and making countless friends. No matter where she lived, Talat brought her love of cooking, gardening, sewing and people with her. If you visited her, you were sure to be treated to a delicious home-cooked meal and with her phone ringing in the background, a family or friend always calling to chat. Numerous fortunate loved ones also received a hand-crafted gift, from clothing, to knitted baby booties to quilts. Even after her husband’s passing in 2002, she navigated her grief with dignity, staying closely connected to countless family and friends in Ohio and Texas. She loved going to the Houston and Columbus Baha’i Centers, her quilting group in Highlands, social events and family gatherings, always greeting and connecting with others with warmth and kindness.

There is so much more to be shared about Talat and her life. For now, though she leaves behind a tremendous void, we find some comfort in the belief that she is happy to be reunited with her loved ones preceded in death, including her husband Alahgholi, her brother Nasrullah and her two grandchildren Edmund Connor and Seth Jones. She is, and will continue to be, greatly missed by all who knew her.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

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  • Committal Service

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

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  • Reception

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

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Shahnaz Mogharabi

February 28, 2021

I am mourning the sudden and unexpected death of my dearest friend Talat, who took the place of my own Mother after her passing and filled that precious void. Talat was a friend, a teacher, a support, a confidant. She helped me under countless circumstances and advised me through her God-given wisdom and grace on more occasions than I can count. May she rest in eternal paradise alongside her late husband and may she be blessed in all the worlds of God. Our deepest condolences to all who mourn her loss.
“The time has come when we must part, but the separation is only of our bodies; in spirit we are united forever.”
~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í Scriptures

Margaret Modisette

February 24, 2021

Dearest Erfani Rafizadeh Family,
Thank you for sharing this amazing woman with my family. Talat and her husband lived across from us for over 2 decades and we cared for each other through many difficult times. The loss of her beloved husband, she endured with grace and love. When I lost my daughter and was devastated, she helped me through my own grief, caring and loving as a mother, understanding as a friend. She was a very wise woman and her strong faith was an integral part of her. She shared many days of tea and tears with me and always gave me such sage advice; the advice that can only come from having overcome adversity herself.

Talat was a gift to everyone who met her. She was one of the most hardworking persons I've ever met and never complained, always seeing her work as a joy. I will miss her warm hugs, warm tea and the love I always felt in her presence. Thank you for sharing your sister, mother, aunt and grandmother with Duane and myself. Like she always said to me when I lost my daughter, "Do not drown in misery, as your daughter is in light and peace now and does not want you to suffer. You will see her again. Be peaceful."

So, "Be peaceful" as Talat is certainly sharing joy in this day in the Light.
All our love,
Duane and Margaret Modisette

REGINA CONNOR

February 24, 2021

I just finished watching the lovely service. Listening to what was said brought back one of my favorite memories. It was a hot summer day and the Connor clan was gathered at Uncle Terry's house on Green Hollow Rd. Casey, Kim and Andy were little tykes (so late 70s) .

The siblings were in the midst of a huge water balloon fight and Talat had just arrived and rounded the corner to the back patio/porch when she was blasted with a balloon in the chest (not on purpose of course.) We were all horrified! Talat justed grinned, took it in stride and said it felt good - that it cooled her off in the heat. She did have a great sense of humor.

She will be missed but remembered fondly.

Fariba and Toba Talebi

February 24, 2021

To every member of dear Talat khanum family,
We are very sorry for your loss.
The program was a very beautiful, we watched the whole thing and it was amazing.
My mom and I are very saddened for her passing, but we believe she is in a better place now. She was a hard working and a dedicated mother. We keep praying for the progress of her soul. Please accept our sincer condolences. God bless her precious soul. 🙏🙏🙏

Faranak Khaligh

February 24, 2021

What a lovely person, who will be deeply missed. Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss.

Marianne Riofrio

February 24, 2021


I have fond memories of Talat from many years back. She was always so friendly; always a smile on her face; so sweet and concerned about others. We will all be praying for the progress of her soul and calling for her support of our community from the Concourse on High.

Timothy Connor

February 24, 2021

Talat for me was a warm, kind and wise soul. I greatly valued the few memorable contacts that I shared with her. My condolences to the entire family. Talat is now surely in a blessed space of peace and love.

Mondona Rafizadeh

February 24, 2021

Oh Amasghi,
How sudden was your flight to Kingdom of Lights?
We treasure times we shared together on this earth.
I know deep inside how much you really cared.
It hurts to know that we will never be able to hug and kiss each other again.
Your vacant place no one can fill. We miss you now and always will. You’re now with your beloved forever.

Now you have joined our bigger crowd of departed friends and family on the other side. Especially, my mom & dad. Please hug & kiss them for me! They are rejoicing now in the Abha Kingdom with you and your dear husband Aghajun and parents.

You are gone but never forgotten. So, rest in peace and thank you for all you’ve done. Until we meet again….

O SON OF JUSTICE! Whither can a lover go but to the land of his beloved? And what seeker findeth rest away from his heart’s desire? To the true lover reunion is life, and separation is death. His breast is void of patience and his heart hath no peace. A myriad lives he would forsake to hasten to the abode of his beloved.

Schumann Rafizadeh

February 24, 2021

Talat Erfani Rafizadeh
(1931 – 2021)

O Son of Man!
Be thou content with Me and seek no other helper. For none but Me can ever suffice thee.

More about this extra ordinary woman, Talat Erfani Rafizadeh…My Mother.
She was perfect, beautiful, talented and adorned with deeds –
She was a perfect Daughter –
She was a perfect Wife –
She was a perfect Mother, Grandmother, Great Grand Ma –
She was a perfect Neighbour –
She was a perfect Teacher - to the last breath –
She was a perfect Leader –

O Son of Man!
Sorrow not save that thou art far from Us. Rejoice not save that thou art drawing near and returning unto Us.

In summary, she was in love with Baha’i teachings. A good human being and no wonder that she summed up her life with the word “PERFECT” before her last breath.
We are not only proud of our Talat, we believe she changed the world for better by her earthly life and in her own way brought it one step closer to the realization of New World Order vision of Baha’u’llah.
This is why I testify that Talat was an extraordinary and perfect person that I proudly call my mother.

Steve Burgess

February 23, 2021

Allah'u'Abha! Her life in Iran was not easy and she left at a time when Baha'is were coming under even greater oppression. When she arrived in Columbus, it was with a smiling face. The few times that I saw her on my return there from Africa, it was this smiling face. It seems to me that she is someone who learned the lessons of true prosperity in life and it was those spiritual lessons that fueled her love for humankind and shone from that beautiful face. Her family, her friends, everyone she met, is better because she shed that love. We will say prayers for the progress of her soul as her dear family and friends say their goodbyes tomorrow. God bless her and you all!

FROM THE FAMILY