Hi Fellow johnites,
I am very sad to inform you all that Dr. Ephrem Thoppil M.D. passed away at 4 pm today !/31/12). Many of you know that he had a massive head injury six yrs ago and was in minimally resposive state. Few days ago ,he developed septicemia and a rebleed and passed away this evening in the presence his beloved wife of 40 yrs, Thresiamma, two daughters Cynthia and Anu ,his son inlaw Jay and friends.
Ephrem belonged to the second batch. He came to U.S.A about 39 yrs ago. When he retired 6yrs ago, he was the Medical Director of Rehabilitation services at St.Lukes Hospital in Milwaukee and faculty at the Medical College of Milwaukee.
Ephrem was the most organized and methodical person I have ever known.We were friends from under graduate . In 50 yrs , I have never seen him losing his temper . Always pleasant,calm and relaxed. He was the ultimate johnote;lived breathed St.Johns. On his own initiatve , he started Friends of St. Johns . At his own expense he hired an attorney and did all the work to get a 501 (C) status with IRS. As an example his organizational Skills, after his injury I went to see him in the hospital and afterwards his wife ,daughters and I went to his house. In his office were two sealed envelopes;one had his wife's name the other George Varghese C/O Friends of St. Johns. All necessary files were in that. He was financial genious , excellent clinitian and teacher. We all johnites owe a lot to him.
Wake and Visitation
Sunday Feb. 5th 2.00pm -5.pm
Becker Ritter Funeral Homes
14075 w.North Avenue
Brookefield WI 53045
Monday Feb. 6th at 6.30 pm
St.Dominic Church 8255 W. Capitol Drive
Brookefield WI 53045
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Brain Injury Association of Wisconsin, 21100 W. Capitol Dr, Suite,Pewaukee ,WI 53072
1 It is sad to hear about the passing away of Ephrem Thoppil - a huge loss for the Johnite community . Never had the opportunity to meet him but sure he will be missed by all
He must have had a great impact on the people around him
My condolences to his family and dear ones Ranga Nayak
2 This is indeed sad news but may be a blessing in disguise. Nevertheless a loss we truly will all feel. Ephrem was a leader and visionary and totally selfless in all he did. He stayed in the background but his presence was always felt. He always had a kind, gentle word and very good advice in handling any situation in the best interest of all. He was always totally dedicated to St. Johns. Our sincere condolences to the family. May god give them the strength to get through this difficult time. Our prayers are with them. God Bless. Peter Dsa
3 Dear George and Annita
Convey my condolences,love and prayers to Therisema and Ephrem's children.
Ma his soul rest in peace. He carried so many of us Johnites with mentorship,encourgement,support and of course as a role model.
My heart goes out to Therisima. So devoted,loving and who never gave up. May she and the family find strength
With all our prayers Jovita
4 The passing on Dr. Thoppil is very sad. He worked tirelessly for St. Johns. My heartfelt condolences to his family Borys Mascarenhas
5 Sincere condolences to the family. Ephrem will be missed. Dileep Lobo
10 Our deepest condolences to Ephrem's family. The Johnite community will miss him but he will never be forgotten. Lalu Anthony
11 May his soul RIP. My condolences to his wife and family. Audrey Pereria
12 Condolences to his family. Whilst I did not know him personally, he appears to have been a key figure with the NA Chapter. May his soul rest in peace. Irwin Lasrado
25 Saddened by this news - may his soul R.I.P. Amal Isaiah