Let us pray:
O God of grace and glory, we remember before You our
brother Em Sebenius. We thank You for giving him to us to know and to love as a companion on our earthly pilgrimage. In Your boundless compassion, console us who mourn. Give us faith to see in death the gate of eternal life, so that in quiet confidence we may continue our course on earth, until, by Your call, we are reunited with those who have gone before; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
“Put your trust in God; for I will yet give thanks to the One who is the help of my countenance, and my God.” Psalm 43:6
Emmons (“Em”) Sebenius
November 12th, 1927 – August 22nd, 2017
Parishioner Em Sebenius died August 22nd after a courageous battle with bone cancer.
Born at Good Samaritan Hospital and growing up in Altadena, Em’s strong character and enduring love of the outdoors was shaped by his time at the unique Trailfinders School for Boys, where headmaster Harry James and his wife Grace became lasting mentors.
Em joined the Navy V-5 Air Corp program, and later graduated from UC Berkeley, where he met Janet Prescott Kimble. The two were married in 1952, and after a wide-ranging career with Gulf Oil Corporation, moved to in San Marino in 1972 with Statex, becoming an independent oil and gas operator in 1980. Janet and Em have two adult children, Jim Sebenius (Nancy Buck), and Kathryn Sebenius (a Texan now, but a continuing member of St. Edmund’s Parish). Em is also survived by his brother and five grandchildren.
Em was a faithful Lay Reader at St. Edmund’s Church, and also a Lay Eucharistic Minister, commitments which he previously also exercised at the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in San Gabriel. Em was an Episcopalian of deep faith and personal character, and a Christian gentleman who will be greatly missed, even as we entrust him to God, in Whom we live and move and have our being.
Saturday September 9th, 2017
One o’clock in the afternoon
Reception to follow at the Valley Hunt Club, 520 S. Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Saint Edmund’s Episcopal Church, or to the James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve, Emmons Sebenius Fund, UCR Foundation, 1136 Hinderaker Hall, Riverside, CA 92521 (James Reserve-200330).
“Almighty God, we entrust all who are dear to us to Your never-failing care and love, for this life and the life to come, knowing that You are doing for them better things than we can desire or pray for; through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Amen.