By Regina Igwebuike
Amawbia (Awka South LGA), June 26, 2021 (MOI) A golden fish, Lady Susan Amaoge Onwuzuligbo, 66, who died recently in New Jersey, U.S, has been interred on June 25 at the family house at Amawbia.
Lady Onwuzuligbo was born on July 17, 1954 to the family of Chief & Chief Mrs A. N. Onwudinjo of Enugwu-Ukwu and was married to Nze Alex Onwuzuligbo of Agbana Ngene village, Amawbia.
The union was blessed with five children.
The deceased was a teacher in Nigeria for about 20 years. She taught Business Studies at St. Charles Secondary School, Onitsha for 15 years.
She was later transferred to Washington Grammar School, Onitsha and Girls Secondary School, Okpoko, Onitsha where she rose to the level of a Vice Principal before traveling to the U.S., for greener pastures.
Until her death, Lady Onwuzuligbo was a strong, active member of the Igbo Catholic Community, Blessed Sacrament Church, Newark, New Jersey U.S.
She was a member of the ICC CWO; the Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of St. John (LAUX#592); the Jesus is Lord Charismatic Mission; the CWO, Awka Diocese, New Jersey and USA.
The deceased also belonged to Anambra State Progressive Association (ASPA), Coal City Social Club, People’s Club of Nigeria, Princeton, NJ Chapter and Enugwu-Ukwu Community Development Union (ECDU).
Delivering a homily during the deceased vigil Mass, at her residence in Amawbia on June 24, the Bishop of Awka Diocese, the Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor said that the deceased died in the Lord, having received the Viaticum to aid her on her journey to eternity.
Ezeokafor emphasised that God created man to know him, love and serve him in this world and to live with him happily in heaven, which is another World.
He said that the last minute of one’s life mattered a lot, urging all to live godly life, proclaiming Christ to the World and living as brethrens.
“No matter how strong, healthy and wealthy one is, the person must surely die. Death is inevitable.
“Living a long life without God’s grace and good health of body and soul is like driving a car with deflated tyres or without petrol.’’
The prelate while noting that life was sacred decried the brutal killing and maiming of people anyhow and anywhere in Nigeria, noting that no one could give life.
“No matter what science is doing, it is only working on that which God has already established.’’
According to him, I knew the deceased during my last visit to America, a very conspicuous, virtuous lady who associated with people and identified with the church.
He described her as a teacher per excellence, which made her more distinct as she took teaching as a vocation, for 20 years, emphasising that once a teacher, always a teacher.
Ezeokafor, then, thanked God for the life she lived, noting that history would not deny that there was a woman called Susan Onwuzuligbo, pleading to God to grant her eternal life.
Rev. Fr. Jude Uba said that God loved all even when we were still sinners, always faithful to his words.
Fr. Uba explained that we are priestly, kingly, holy and God’s chosen people, urging all to live Christlike life so as to make heaven.
The cleric noted that we are on transit, living on the extra time that would determine one’s fate, urging all to be extra cautious on our earthly journey to eternity.
Nze Onwuzuligbo, husband to the deceased, said that his wife was an icon and epitome of goodness.
He prayed to God to repose her soul even as he prayed for his grace to enable them to bear the irreparable loss, emphasising that a big vacuum had been created in the family and society at large.
Her first daughter, Mrs Ifunanya Uche Igbokwe described her mom as a cheerful, amiable, fashionable woman who loved people without bounds.
According to her, my mum was fond of calling everyone nwannem or ezigbo mmadu, not caring where the person came from.
“I will keep all the legacies that my mom left behind.’’ She, then, thanked all that came to commiserate with the family, urging them to always radiate true love. (MOI)