Steephen Samuel (Monachen) was born in Kollam on November 4, 1954. He was the third child of Mr. K.O. Samuel and Mrs. Mariamma Samuel, Kallupurayil house,Thumpamon. At an early age, he took the Lord Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, took water baptism, and filled with the Holy Spirit. On July 24, 1982, God blessed him with a wife, Graceykutty Eapen, from the Nediathu family, Kodukulanji, daughter of Mr. Eapen T Mathai & Mrs. Annamma Eapen. In 2000, Steephen and his family immigrated to the U.S., joining the rest of his siblings in New Jersey. Later, they settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and after 11 years, moved to Lakeland, Florida, to be with his children and their family. Due to Chronic illness, Steephen was transferred to Lakeland Regional Medical Center, where he was comfortably promoted to glory on February 7, 2021, at 10:55 pm in the midst of his wife, four children, and in-laws. He is survived by his wife, Graceykutty Steephen, and four children: Jency Manoj and her husband Manoj Thomas, Ginno Stephen and her husband Stephen Daniel-George, Jain Stephen and his fiancée Crystal Mathew, and Jestin Stephen. He was further blessed with five grandchildren: Alicha Manoj, Angelina Manoj, Alfie Manoj, Elijah Daniel, and Elishua Daniel. His Siblings are the late Leelamma Varghese and her husband the late Rev. Pampoor Varghese, Joy Thumpamon and his wife Susan Joy, Pr. Oommen Ebenezer and his wife Suzy Samuel, and Johnson Samuel and his wife Grace Samuel.
Steephen was a wonderful husband to Gracey as well as a loving father, grandfather, best friend, and colleague. His smile would often brighten up a room, comforting everyone around him. Even after immigrating to America, he ensured his household continued to stay true to Keralite traditions, raising his kids in strictness and love. Steephen had a heart to help those who were around him. Though he was very affectionate, he was never afraid to speak his mind. Steephen loved his siblings more than anything and enjoyed spending time with them, especially his late sister Leelamma. Steephen loved traveling, seeing new places, and trying different foods. He had a servant's heart and provided hospitality to anyone with a welcoming smile. To some who loved him, he was Monachen. To his kids, he was Appa, and to his grandkids, he was Appacha. He was a strong, caring, and loving man full of faith and who will never be forgotten. We will be strong and move forward, knowing we will meet him again one day on that beautiful shore.
“Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them." Revelation 14:13
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