Mahlet "Chuni" Girma

A personal note from Mahlet's Family

9/10/2021 update

Dear family and friends,

We know you are all eager to find out the details of Mahlet (Chuni)’s funeral and burial service. We understand you want to be present physically. Unfortunately, Mahlet (Chuni)’s wish will not allow that. She specifically told us to make sure her funeral and burial will not be an event for people to gather and have a potential spread of COVID (especially now with the new variant). She said she doesn’t want anyone flying here and risking exposure to their loved ones. But she also told us to make sure we have a celebration for her in person after the pandemic is over.

So it is with a heavy heart, we are honoring her wish and asking all of you to please hold off on any plans to attend her service or burial. We will honor her wish by making sure we make every part of her service and burial available for viewing on live video.

We understand this is not easy to ask but it is her wish and we have to honor it.

More details on the date of the service and burial and on how to watch online (via Zoom and YouTube) will be coming soon. Due to the COVID surge, the funeral home and cemetery will not be able to hold service for us until after September 18. We will confirm the date soon as we finalize the details.

The date of her life celebration will be determined based on the end of the pandemic. God willing, we will all come together then and hug and kiss everyone and have a special time.

In the meantime,

we will continue to have our daily Zoom which has been a great source of healing and encouragement for us all.

Topic: Celebrating Chuni

Time: 5PM-7PM PST California Time daily

Join Zoom Meeting…

Meeting ID: 857 2074 6473

Passcode: team413

For those without access to video Zoom, please call from any phone any of the numbers below and enter the Meeting ID: 857 2074 6473 and Passcode: 4568465

Dial by your location

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)

For friends and family joining from Ethiopia, we will have one additional Zoom on Saturday 9/11 at 7 pm Addis Ababa time (Saturday 9 am for us in California). Use the same link for all Zoom.

As we celebrate Chuni (Mahlet) in all the roles she played in our lives, we are dedicating each day to remember her in different ways.

Please join to share your memories, what she meant for you and what you have learned from her. Everyone is welcome to join each day. There is no restriction. We just want to dedicate each Zoom to give it structure.

5-7 pm Thursday 9/9 - Family

5-7 pm Friday 9/10 - Friends

*ETHIOPIA Saturday 9/11 at 7 PM Addis Time/9 am California time

5-7pm Saturday 9/11 - World Traveler/Life of the Party

5-7pm Sunday 9/12 - Church Choir/Sunday School

5-7pm Monday 9/13 - Prayer Warrior

5-7pm Tuesday 9/14 - Community Organizer/Coworker

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your love and understanding.

With all our love,

-Mahlet’ (Chuni)’s family


Our dear Mahlet (Chuni) Girma went home to the Lord on September 7, 2021, at age of 46. She was a loving daughter and sister who also played many roles as a friend to many.

Throughout her entire life, she held an unwavering faith in God, which she shared with those who surrounded her.

Mahlet will always live in our hearts.

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" -Philippians 4:13

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