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In Memoriam

New In Memoriam Page
Posted: August 1, 2012

A new In Memoriam page has been created to post announcements of Intelsat colleagues and members of IRA/IRAA who sadly have been lost. The dates of their passing are also published in our bi-annual Re-Intelsat Newsletter.

Scroll down below to view Obituaries/Death Notices by DOD. 

Click Excel listing sorted alphabetically and by date of death (DOD).

If anyone may know details of the passing of our Intelsat friends/colleagues below, please kindly EMail info to info@myiraa.com

- Royal Bailey (IOC/Communications Center)

- Hassan Koibla (Operations/Antenna Verification)

- Joe Moore (TVSC)

- Vernon Stewart (IOC/Communications Center)

If you may know of other former colleagues or members who have been lost and whose names do not appear here, it would be greatly appreciated if you may please let us know the details along with any Obituary newspaper announcements if available electronically. Please kindly Email to: info@myiraa.com.


Current Year:

24 September 2019
Ulla Rosell (member and spouse ofGunnar Rosell xx-xx-2016)


Ulla Rosell

Ulla Rosell, 84, Apex, died 09-24-2019. Arrangements: City of Oaks Cremation, Raleigh.

28 August 2019

Thomas Jones


Thomas Jones

Sad news received from SCC via G. Chambers/G. Guidotti of the tragic death of Thomas Jones on 28 Aug., 2019.  Feeling tired after completing IOT maneuvers at 9pm, Tom went home early.  Around 3:39am SCC received a call from a friend of Tom at his house who said the VA State Police call Tom's wife Sarah at 2am to advise that he passed away from an accident involving his motorcycle on I495 close to Tysons Corner.  Tom was planning on retiring next year when he turned 70.  He is survived by his wife Sarah and daughter Abbey.

There will be a brief funderal service on Sat., 28 Sep., 2019, 11am, at Jennings Chapel United Methodist Church, 2601 Jennings chapel Rd., Woodbine, MD, 21797, if anyone in the area may wish to attend.

22 August 2019
Ruth Kupperschlag


Ruth Kupperschlag

Ruth Kupperschlag born in Solingen, Germany on March 3, 1925, was predeceased by her parents, Joseph Kupperschlag, and Anna Isaac Kupperschlag, and her sister, Marion.

Ruth worked for Intelsat in Washington DC for 20 years before she retired and then was an associate at Rizik's.

As a lover of classical music, Ruth was a loyal supporter of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra for several decades and was a Board member of the Symphony Orchestra League of Alexandria. Ruth was recognized as the SOLA Volunteer of the Year in 2009, and over the years provided her man talents to SOLA's formal balls, directory and monthly newsletter.

Ruth died on August 22, 2019, and is survived by her cousins, Michael and Ronny Wisburn of Holland.

A tribute to Ruth will be held in Chadwicks, 203 The Strand, Alexandria, VA 22314 today.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, 700 N fairfax St #501 , Alexandria, VA 22314, or to a favorite charity.

Link to obituary:   https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?n=ruth-kupperschlag&pid=194351045

Published in the Washington Post on Nov. 5, 2019

22 August 2019
Jacques Lespinasse


Jacques Lespinasse

Sad news received from Corinne Lespinasse Taraba to announce the passing of her father Jacques Lespinasse on 22 August, 2019, after struggling with lung cancer.  Jacques was 78 and he is survived by his spouse Jeaninne Corinne.  Corinne mentioned that her father lived in the Dordogne Valley since 2000 near his original hometown, Brive.  He enjoyed sports a lot, especially tennis, football (European) and golf.  He was very alert and always kept his famous sense of humour.

27 July 2019
Resty Advincula


Restituto 'Resty' Advincula


Friday, August 2nd, 2019, 2:00pm - 9:00pm

Kalas Funeral Home & Crematory - Oxon Hill
6160 Oxon Hill Road
Oxon Hill, MD 20745


Saturda, August 3rd, 2019, 10:30am

St. Colomba Cathoic Church
7800 Livingston Road
Oxon Hill, MD

Send flowers for Visitation/Service:  https://george-p-kalas-funeral-home-oxon-hill.tributecenterstore.com/?oId=5539468


26 June 2019
Geraldine Page (surviving spouse of Charlie Page)


Geraldine Page

Geraldine A. “Geri” Page, 77, went home to be with the Lord and her beloved husband, Charlie, on Wednesday, June 26, 2019.

Born in Newport, N.H., she was a daughter to the late Napoleon and Grace (LaPlante) Pevine.  She was also predeceased by her sisters, Irene, Beverly, Janice, Gloria, and her dearest Jeanie.

She is survived by her three children, Charles H. “Chuck” Page, III. and wife Carrie of Weathersfield, Vt.,  Jennifer Ash and husband Rodney of Stafford County, and Heather Dingess and her husband Jim of Stafford County; eight grandchildren, Meghan, Misti, Amber, Zac, Sammi, Brett, Christian, and Ryan; three great-grandchildren, Tyler, Hailey, and Ciara; one sister, Sharon Otterson of Washington N.H.; and  numerous nieces and nephews.

Geri was a devoted wife, mom, and Nana.  Family and the Lord were what were most important to her.  She shared her faith with many, wanting everyone to know and have a relationship with Jesus, and experience His love as she had.  She was a stay at home mom who provided her children with a wonderful childhood, and so many fond memories.  Geri participated in a prison ministry and Foundation of Praise for years, writing, encouraging and praying for so many who had lost all hope.  She quietly helped others behind the scenes throughout her life, never wanting any recognition.

Though Geri suffered with dementia for the last several years of her life, she continued to be a blessing to her family and those who knew her.  She always had a smile on her face.  This disease wasn’t strong enough to take away her love and memory of her husband, her faith in Christ, or her daughters, grandaughters, and grandson, who she knew and remembered until her very last breath.  She loved deeply, and was loved and adored in return.  She will truly be missed.  We love you Infinity, Forever and Ever! Amen.

Her family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 1, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.

A service will be held at noon on Tuesday, July 2 at the funeral home chapel.  Burial will follow at 2 p.m. in Quantico National Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, https://alz.org/, or to Tunnel to Towers Foundation, https://tunnel2towers.org.

Online guestbook is available at covenantfuneralservice.com

Link to obituary:  https://www.everhere.com/us/obituaries/va/fredericksburg/geraldine-page-9369524

12 May 2019
Stu Cotterill


Stuart Cotterill

Discovered on Facebook of the passing of Stu today apparently back home in Scotland.  No further news is available at this time.

17 March 2019
Fred Graham


Fred Graham

Fred Graham Frederick Arthur Graham passed away peacefully from this life on March 17, 2019. He was surrounded and supported by his loving family during the last days of his life.

Fred was born in Rangoon, Burma on March 1, 1934, he was the son of the late John Henry Graham and Blanche Mary D’sousa Graham.

Fred is survived by his wife, Yvonne Margaret Kapur Graham; Three daughters, Suzanne Lokke and husband Mark, Sharon Eubanks and husband David, and Diane Lampley and husband James; Thirteen grandchildren; One great-grandchild; Two brothers, Richard and Michael Graham and two sisters, Thelma Lee and Gladys Sharma. 

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Alan and Reginald Graham and two sisters, Mildred Lee and Beryle Lee.

Anyone familiar with Fred knew he was the life of the party. He was well loved by everyone he met regardless of their age. Fred loved to make others laugh with his great sense of humor. He was dedicated to his family and was a fantastic cook. Fred worked and retired from Intelsat, a prestigious satellite company in Washington, DC, and was well respected by his co-workers and managers. Fred was a satellite technician and preformed shift work with many overtime hours to support his family.

The Graham family will receive friends and relatives at St. Leo Catholic Church on Monday, March 25, 2019 at 10 AM for the viewing followed by the Memorial Mass at 11 AM. Saint Leo Catholic Church is located at 2109 Sulphur Springs Road, Inwood, WVa 25428. A reception will follow at the church immediately after the Mass.

Arrangements by Brown Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.BrownFuneralHomeWV.com 

To send flowers to the family of Frederick Arthur Graham, please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.

Link to obituary:  https://www.brownfuneralhomeswv.com/book-of-memories/3777127/Graham-Frederick/index.php

12 March 2019
Ruth Labardee (surviving spouse of Ron Labardee/15-May-2004)


Ruth Labardee Messerer

News received from Ruth's son, Tyler Labardee, who announced that his mother died on 12 March 2019 as a result of a tragic accident at her home in Curico, Chile.

8 March 2019
Lita Wiseman


Julieta Gregorio Wiseman

Lita passed away after a long illness on March 28, 2019.  Funeral service will be held on Monday, 8 April, 2019, 10:00 am, at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church, 13752 Mary's Way, Woodbridge, VA 22191.


25 January 2019
Virginia Aribe (member and spouse of Luis Aribe)


Virginia Aribe

Virginia passed away after a "long struggle with cancer" on January 25, 2019, per her husband, Luis, who also wanted to convey his "sincere thanks to the management of Intelsat for their contribution these last 2-3 years of her life to her worries over the uncertainty of her health insurance, not to mention the time, the valuable time, that she had to spend studying new rules and regulations, and attending fascinating meetings singing the praises of the new plans."

Link to obituary:  https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/falls-church-va/virginia-aribe-8140064



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