Obituary – Kunjamma Pappy

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me” II Timothy 4:7

Kunjamma Pappy was born on May 29, 1941, in Kundara, Kerala, India, and was the second oldest of eight girls of the late Mathai Panicker and Sosamma Mathai. She attended church regularly and accepted our savior Jesus at an early age.

She completed High School and was married at a young age of 18 to her husband, C.G. Pappy in 1959. She left Kerala and joined her husband in Singapore.  Within the next 5 years, she had a daughter and a son. She never dreamt that we would leave India at such a young age, let alone start a family in a foreign country.  Nevertheless, she depended on the Lord to give her strength to raise two children and work full time to keep the family nourished and safe.

Kunjamma was a vibrant and faithful member of the Mar Thoma Church.  She was blessed with a sweet voice and often sang in the choir. She was an active member of the Sevika Sangam and have led many prayers and outreach in Singapore.  Her devotion and example have brought many closer to the Lord including her family.  Her only regret in life was not having the opportunity to pursue a higher education.  Despite this, her life experience was a true testament of her capabilities and strength.

Her drive and sacrifice ensured her children to graduate college and have successful careers.  She never limited them in any way.  She was selfless in her decision to allow her children to be educated outside Singapore and eventually reside in the US.  Her greatest joy was when she became a grandmother in 1995.  She focused her efforts to assist in the upbringing of six grandchildren despite the long journey from Singapore to the US.  She never tired but gained energy from them.  Her grandchildren equally loved and learned from their beloved ammachi and appachan.  She and her husband made a decision in 2006 to move to US to be closer to their children and grandchildren.  She lived in Carmel, Indiana, close to her son, David.  She thoroughly enjoyed her time living in Indiana and serving a growing Mar Thoma congregation.  She was well loved by the church community for her support and guidance.  She loved to cook and often shared the Lord’s ministry through it.

The following years was a period of endurance for her due to underlying illness.  She always fought back because of her strong faith and determination.  She was determined not to allow illness and hospitalizations to get in her way.  Despite her pain and suffering, her priority remained her family and that gave her strength.  The turning point in her physical life was when she was diagnosed with renal failure in 2016 and had to start kidney dialysis. This affected her emotionally.  She drew her strength mainly from her devoted husband, who was by her side every day.  He put his life aside to take care of his beloved wife.  He held in faith that she would delivered by the Lord and be made whole to the very last seconds of her life.

On a snowy Sunday morning in January, while in the arms of her loving eighty seven year old husband, children and grandchildren, Kunjamma Pappy was peacefully called by her Savior to suffer no more.    She was seventy seven years young.

Kunjamma leaves behind a loving husband, her two children, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, six grandchildren, six surviving sisters and their families, numerous nieces and nephews and numerous friends spread over three countries.  She was a devoted wife, loving mother, a great and selfless grandmother, loving friend and most importantly, a woman who was thankful to God for her life and all her experiences.  She will be deeply missed.

Immanuel Mar Thoma Church, Virginia, expresses our deepest condolences, and prayers for the family during this time of grief. May the Almighty God grant the peace that passeth all understanding.

Memorial Service and Funeral Service:


Colonial Funeral Home of Leesburg

201 Edwards Ferry Rd NE, Leesburg VA 20176

Memorial Service:

Date: January 17, 2019

Time: 6 pm-9 pm

Funeral Service: 

Date: January 18, 2019

Time: 10 am – 12 pm