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(Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America – June 29, 2017) With great sadness, and with the hope of the Resurrection, Khouriyee Dr. Stefanie Yova Yazge suddenly fell asleep in the Lord on the morning of June 29, 2017, the feast of Ss. Peter and Paul. Kh. Stefanie is the wife of Very Rev. Fr. Anthony Yazge, director of the Antiochian Village Camp. They have three children: Matthew, Mark and Alexis.

His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, the Diocesan Bishops, the Board of Trustees, all the organizations, and all the clergy and the faithful of the Archdiocese offer their condolences to the Yazge and Yova families.

Kh. Stefanie was born and raised in Akron, Ohio, growing up in the parish of the Presentation of Our Lord, in the Romanian Episcopate (Orthodox Church in America). She is the daughter of the late Protodeacon Paul and Silvia Yova. Her sister Valerie is the parish administrator and director of music at St. Athanasius Antiochian Orthodox Church in Goleta, Calif. Her brother Gregory is the founder of Project Mexico and St. Innocent Orphanage.

Kh. Stefanie earned her bachelor’s degree from Miami (Ohio) University, a Master of Arts degree from St. Vladimir’s Seminary, and a Doctorate from Union Institute & University (Cincinnati) in 2012. Dr. Yazge taught theology at Seton Hill University and St. Vincent College, following ten years on the faculty of St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana.

She wrote a number of articles, and has a chapter on St. Paula and the order of Widows in Vol. 2 of “Encountering Women of Faith.” Kh. Stefanie also made numerous presentations, including the Mother Alexandra Memorial Lecture at the Monastery of the Transfiguration in Ellwood City, Penn., at the Virginia Festival of the Book, and the Huffington Ecumenical Institute at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Calif.

Kh. Stefanie also served as Committee Coordinator for the annual Pan-Orthodox Clergy Wives Weekend held at the Antiochian Village. She directed the choir at St. Michael the Archangel Antiochian Orthodox Church in Greensburg, Penn., and served in the Publications Department of the Archdiocese.

No information is yet available for funeral arrangments, but will provide updates as they become available.

Sayidna Joseph asks the clergy and laity to pray the Trisagion Prayers for Kh. Stefanie for the next forty days and to keep her in their personal prayers for the departed. May her blessed memory be eternal.