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In Memoriam: Galina Mikaelyan (1924-2019)

Galina Mikaelyan, a beloved member of the parish for the past decade, fell asleep in the Lord in her home here in State College yesterday (June 27, 2019). She is the mother of Irina Mikaelian, also a member of Holy Trinity. She was 95.

Parishioners and friends of the family will be received Monday, July 1 at 9 a.m. at Holy Trinity. It will be immediately followed by the funeral service at 10 a.m. and a mercy meal at Irina’s home at 720 West Hamilton Avenue (at the corner with Sparks Street). Preceding the visitation and funeral, parish faithful are also invited to keep overnight vigil with Galina beginning at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 30. A sign-up sheet may be found here (use the side/accessible ramp entrance when entering and exiting the Nave).

Born January 12, 1924, in Moscow, she was the daughter of Boris and Zinaida Aronsky. Galina worked for many years as Professor of English in Moscow State University.

For the past ten years, she lived with Irina’s family. She is survived by Irina, three granddaughters, Maria, Zinaida, and Elizaveta, and eight great-grandchildren. She will be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother, a faithful friend, and a beautiful person.  

Fr. David Smith will officiate at the funeral on Monday. The Choir will prepare for the service at a special rehearsal in Trinity House on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. The burial will be in Russia.  

Arrangements are under the care of Koch Funeral Home, State College. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the church. Online condolences and signing of the guest book may be entered at

In Memoriam: Gennady Belih (1933-2010)

Gennady (Henry) Belih, longtime faithful member of Holy Trinity, fall asleep in the Lord early this morning at his home in Boalsburg. He was resting peacefully after having been placed on hospice care as a result of terminal lung cancer. He was 77.

Gennady was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, the nation’s capital, to his parents, Arxruny Genasyan and Antonia Belih. In 1959, he graduated from Ural State Technical University in Yekaterinburg, the biggest technical institution of higher education in Russia, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. He worked 40 years as an engineer specializing in computer manufacturing in Moldova before immigrating to the United States. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Anastasia, their two children Natalyia and Alexsey, and their two grandchildren.

Among our parish family, Gennady will be most remembered for his years of committed service to Holy Trinity, especially his dedication and hard work in beautifying our temple, a position from which he and Anastasia only recently retired.

Funeral services will be held later this week at Holy Trinity, with a Panikhida at 7 p.m. on Thursday night and the burial service on Friday at 10am. Interment will take place immediately afterwards at Boalsburg Cemetery followed by the Mercy Meal in the Parish Hall. Vigil will be kept throughout the night Thursday into Friday morning. If you are interested in chanting, please see the online sign-up sheet for available times and contact Sam Leathers.

Memorial contributions to help his family defray the cost of burial are currently being accepted. Offering envelopes marked “Special Appeal” are available in the Holy Trinity Narthex for this purpose.

May Gennady’s memory be eternal!

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