Nzelibe_THK2009(2)
Joseph Okechuku Nzelibe
  • 82 years old
  • Date of birth: May 10, 1929
  • Place of birth:
    Ihiala, Nigeria
  • Date of passing: Aug 9, 2011
  • Place of passing:
    Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Actually speaking...Personal peace makes a person stable. From one person to another there can be a chain of reason. Individual peace is now collective peace - the peace of a nation.

JOSEPH OKECHUKU NZELIBE (Onyenkuzi or Teacher), age 82, passed away on August 9, 2011. Beloved husband of Faith (nee Filipak). Dear brother of Emily. Loving father of Adaora (Eric Schmiedl), Jide (Uzoamaka), Chika (Sally) and Sobechi. Devoted grandfather of Ezekiel, Arthur, Raluchi and Shanti. Brother-in-law of Zo Sykora (Keith) and dear uncle and adopted father of Emmanuel Anozie; Nnamdi and Ikenna Nzelibe; Chiedu Nzelibe, Lilian Nworah, Obiageli Nwabugo, Ifeanyi Nzelibe and many others. 

Born in Ihiala, Nigeria, Onyenkuzi is deeply mourned by his extended Umunwajiobi family, represented by his uncle Ven. Prof. Edmond Ilogu. Celebration of Life service, Wake and Homegoing Ceremony will occur at St. John’s Episcopal/Anglican Church (4112 34th Street - on 34th Street by Mount Rainier - MD 20712-1948) on August 26, 2011 from 7PM to midnight. Funeral in Ihiala, Nigeria is being planned for Fall 2011. Onyenkuzi is going home. Donations may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve in Cleveland Ohio or to the Joseph Nzelibe Homegoing Fund at http://www.microgiving.com/profile/anschmiedl. To view slideshow of Joseph click here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sm6e8hfUFFM&feature=youtu.be
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by udoka nzelibe on 3rd October 2011

"Forever in our Hearts
A million times we needed you,
A million times we cried,
If love alone would have saved you,
You would of never died.

In life we loved you dearly,
In death we love you still,
In our hearts you hold a place,
No one can ever fill.

A light from our household is gone,"

This tribute was added by Ifeoma Anozie on 25th August 2011

"Papa, it adds to the grief that I didn't get to see you again since you left to Ohio. Left to your "spirit" you will continue to fight but you always resort to the will of God. For the time I've known you, you are such a God-fearing man. We love you but God loves you most. Ijeoma"

This tribute was added by Uzoma Obi on 23rd August 2011

"I am saddened by this news that Jide's Dad has passed. Our late fathers go way back. Uncle's passing is a huge loss. He was a brilliant humble man of principle and will be sorely missed. May his soul rest in perfect peace through God's grace. Amen."

This tribute was added by ALEXANDER OKWUOSA on 23rd August 2011

"Its very sad to hear that my uncle is no more. D little tym we stayed together at st silas church ihiala, i saw him 2 be a fine gentleman. he was honest, God loving, kind and compassionate. to you Aunty, Adaora, Jide, Chika and Sobie i say, take heart, and be strong. PASTOR ALEX"

This tribute was added by Sungjoon Cho on 22nd August 2011

"My deepest condolences to the Nzelibe family.  Jide, I have no doubt your father wmust be very proud of you, and he must appreciate your staying beside him at his last moment.  I pray he rest in peace.  Please let me know if I can be of any help to you and your family.   Sungjoon"


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