OBITUARY

Dr. Simeon W. Chilungu

June 20, 1941October 1, 2020
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CHILUNGU, Simeon W.; Ph.D. October, 1, 2020 of Tonawanda, NY. Beloved husband of Kathleen (nee Shea). Dearest Papa of Katherine Nelima, Dr. Michael (Emily Rivka), Elizabeth Namisi Ph.D., Edward, and Lutomia Chilungu. Cherished Kuka of Raphael, Maya, Isaac, Gary and Ben. Dear brother of Zipporah Nangenje (late Yona) Simiyu, Keziah (late Jotham) Nang'unda, Bilia Nato, Rispa Namisi, Erastus (Beata) Namulala and was predeceased by Joseck (Tamara, late Lena) Kasembeli, Isaac (Mary) Masibo, and Aineah (late Margaret) Manyonge. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. The family be present on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the DENGLER, ROBERTS, PERNA FUNERAL HOME 3070 Delaware Avenue, Kenmore, NY and from 9-11 AM Friday where funeral services will follow at 11AM. Flowers gratefully declined. If desired contributions may be made to The Kidney Foundation of WNY. Online condolences and donations may be shared at www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 8, 2020

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 9, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, October 9, 2020

Memories

Dr. Simeon W. Chilungu

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Darienne Feres-Merchant

October 23, 2020

I am so saddened to hear of the transition of Dr. Chilungu. He was one of my favorite professors while at Buffalo State. His love of Anthropology inspired my interest in the field. I took one class to satisfy a requirement and ended up taking several more with him. May you sleep in heavenly peace Dr. Chilungu. Sending heartfelt condolences and prayers to your family.

Lusimba Rague

October 10, 2020

Professor Chilungu was my teacher at Buffalo State and home boy in the seventies. A humble and gentle man. May the good Lord rest his soul in eternal peace.

Kathy Hoppel

October 8, 2020

Dear Chilungu Family:
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved husband, father and grandfather. I was a student in the Anthropology Department in the late 70’s when I had Dr C as my instructor for Medical Anthropology. He made the course enjoyable and relatable. I remember him with great fondness. May your memories hold him close to your hearts, till you meet again.

Sarah Makokha Musundi

October 6, 2020

I remember you Uncle when you moved back to Kenya briefly in the eighties, you stayed with us in South C for a short while. A great friendship was developed then and despite the years and the distance it remained. Rest in
eternal peace Uncle. And may the Lord Almighty comfort the family.

Phil Stevens

October 6, 2020

Simeon received his Ph.D. from UB's Department of Anthropology sometime in the early 1970s. As I recall, his dissertation was based on the early Yemeni community in Lackawanna, forebears of which first arrived in the 1930s. I was on his dissertation committee. He was hired right away at the State College, and I’m pretty sure he stayed there for his whole career. He came back to lecture to the department once or twice; and he lectured on East African kinship terms several times in the 1970s and 1980s to my introductory courses in cultural anthropology. He spoke from his personal experiences growing up in Kenya, emphasizing the role meanings implicit in the terms he used for various relatives – he really engaged the students, and he actually made kinship terms interesting to UB undergraduates! And he served as outside reader on one or two dissertations on African topics that I supervised. He was a very warm, friendly, and cheerful fellow.
Phil Stevens, Ph.D., Associate Professor Emeritus

Dianna Civello

October 6, 2020

Dr. Chilungu was a gentleman and a scholar. His lectures on Cultural Anthropology left an indelible mark and inspired his students to see the world with discernment and compassion. My condolences to his family. May his memory be eternal.

Sal Sciandra

October 5, 2020

I wanted to express my heartfelt condolences to the family and close friends of the deceased. Dr. Chilungu was my professor in a number of classes while I studied at Buffalo State College. in the mid to late 2000s. I would often sit with him during office hours prior to our lecture and just talk about any number of things with him. He was a wonderful man who was generous with his time and unfailingly gracious in his interactions with students. I feel enormously privileged for having known him and find myself reflecting on his lessons seemingly more often. He always had so many great stories that I know I'll keep with me for the rest of my life. May his spirit last eternally.

Simon Sikulu

October 4, 2020

Words can’t express how truly I am , how closely I’m holding family to my heart , and how much I’m wishing the family comfort for loss of my cousin that I only spoke with over the phone and never met him

Musa Sitati

October 3, 2020

Go thee well papa Simeon an uncle I knew and felt but never met. My old man spoke so highly of you. Like during your childhood when you were growing until you left to look for the future. Remember the calls you made when grandma passed and all the support you have always extended to the family. Thank you for everything may your soul rest in ertenal peace. Amen

Maria Oddo

October 2, 2020

Mr. Chilungu-I will always remember how gracious you were. To this day, I still say “What can I get you to drink?” instead of “Do you want something to drink?” because of you. You always asked about me and my family and expected very little in return. I was always impressed with your generosity and ability to put anyone at ease. Your smile was easy and brings me peace. I hope your warm smile lives on through all of them and brings them comfort. I am eternally grateful that you raised such an amazing family and I’m specifically grateful to have been blessed with Namisi in my life. She makes me a better person and I’d be lost without her. She has the same ability to put people at ease. You have left a legacy of gracious and wonderful people. I am heartbroken for my best friend and your family but I know you have raised beautiful people who will make you proud. Rest In Peace.

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