December 30, 1970 ~ November 30, 2018

Born in: Washington, DC
Resided in: Centennial, CO

Rev. Fr. James A. Foreso (Fr. Jimi), 47, Centennial, CO, fell asleep in the Lord Friday morning, November 30, 2018, after an extended battle with glioblastoma brain cancer.

He was born in Washington, DC, on December 30, 1970, the son of James T. and Julia A. (Verbonitz) Foreso. On June 15, 1996, he married Eleni Francis at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Falls Church, VA.

Surviving are his wife, Eleni, and three children, Karas, Kayla, and James T. II (JT) of Centennial, CO.; his parents, James and Julia (Verbonitz) Foreso, his sister Patricia Radmann (husband Jason) all of Williamsburg, PA; his parents-in-law, William and Jeannie (Karas) Francis; his brother-in-law Michael Francis (wife Jennifer) of Allen, TX; his sisters-in-law, Tessie Duran (husband Tony) and Carrie Bing (husband Paul) of Albuquerque, NM, nieces and nephews: Tyler, Miranda, Abigail, Matthew, Julianna, William, Lucy and Jenna and many aunts and uncles.

Fr. Jimi was a 1989 graduate of Chantilly High School, Chantilly, VA, and a 1996 graduate of George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. On August 4, 2011 he was ordained to the Holy Diaconate of the Greek Orthodox Church. In 2012 he graduated from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary, Boston, MA with a Master of Divinity and was ordained to the Holy Priesthood of the Greek Orthodox Church on April 25, 2014, and assigned to St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church, Greenwood Village, CO.

Friends will be received at 7:00 pm, Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church, 5555 S. Yosemite St., Greenwood Village, CO.  Morning Prayers at 7:30 am Liturgy will be celebrated at 8:30 am followed by the funeral service at 10:30 am all on Wednesday, December 5, 2018  at St. Catherine Church. Arrangements by Horan & McConaty 11150 E. Dartmouth Ave., Aurora, CO 80014.

The family prefers in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to The Iconography Project, St. Catherine Orthodox Church, 5555 S. Yosemite St., Greenwood Village, CO.

Father Jimi was insistent that people be happy and full of laughter — he even made jokes in the altar. He always wanted everyone to feel loved, welcomed, and accepted. He loved youth events for the church more than words can describe, he loved early morning softball games more than people will know, he loved crowded and noisy band rooms more than even the band kids did. He was committed in all times of his life, always turning to his faith for support. He wasn’t just a father to his own children but also to his friends and the youth of the church. He changed countless lives just by his smile, which was somehow both mischievous and sweet. If you ever needed somebody who would just listen without judgment, he was there. He is forever in our hearts. “Have fun storming the castle.”

†May his memory be eternal.

Services

Trisagion: December 4, 2018 7:00 pm

St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church
5555 South Yosemite Street
Greenwood Village, CO 80111


Prayer Service: December 5, 2018 7:30 am

St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church
5555 South Yosemite Street
Greenwood Village, CO 80111


Prayer Service: December 5, 2018 8:30 am

St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church
5555 South Yosemite Street
Greenwood Village, CO 80111


Funeral Service: December 5, 2018 10:30 am

St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church
5555 South Yosemite Street
Greenwood Village, CO 80111


Graveside Service: December 5, 2018 12:00 pm

Chapel Hill Cemetery
6601 S. Colorado Blvd.
Centennial, CO 80121


Makaria (Reception): December 5, 2018 1:30 pm

St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church
5555 South Yosemite Street
Greenwood Village, CO 80111


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Charities

The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in James Anthony Foreso's name.

St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church/Iconography Project

5555 S. Yosemite Street
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
(303) 773-3411

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Guestbook

  1. Father Jimi had a very positive impact on both of our children during their time as counselors at Camp Emmanuel. Our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May his memory be eternal.

  2. Rest in Peace dear cousin. Your suffering has ended and now your in the presence of our Lord. Forever in my prayers.

  3. Father Jimi was an inspiration and helped me grow in my faith.

    May his memory be eternal
    My thoughts and prayers are with your family ❤

  4. Fr. Jimi was such a compassionate man. My husband and I were very grateful for Father’s visits when we were at the hospital. May his memory be eternal!

  5. Our prayers are with the family for peace and comfort. God Bless you all and heal your broken hearts. Thinking of this loss our family has endured.

  6. Sending prayers to the whole family. So many good memories from Parkway Girls Softball and the Bandits. Coach Jimi will be greatly missed. 🙏

    Dave, Laura, Katherine & Matt Susich

  7. May his memory be eternal. We are praying. May God comfort you all during this difficult time.
    Love in Christ
    Thekla

  8. I will always remember what a great conversationalist Father was. Our family was visiting Brittany and Father Andrew and we had the opportunity to visit and enjoy the company of the Foresi’s several times. I am sorry that he is gone but we are grateful we were able to know him and his wonderful, generous family! Love Larry and Vicky Hawks and Family

  9. Father Jimi had a big, happy personality. Even in his short time at St Catherine Greek Orthodox Church , he touched many lives with his positivity, encouragement, and great smile. He was a blessing to many , well loved, and will be missed dearly .
    May God give strength and comfort to Presbytera Eleni, Karas, Kayla, JT, and family.
    May his memory be eternal!

  10. Our hearts join yours and we offer continued prayers for each passing day.
    Colossians 2:5
    Shelley Alford(St Thomas, Ontario)
    Dee Vereen(Myrtle Beach,SC)

  11. My mother in law is 96 and rarely makes it to church any more. We took her a while back when fr. Jimi was there. He took the time after Liturgy to talk to her about her beloved Denver and friends and family that he had ministered to. she delighted in that connection. While she has been remembering less and less as time goes on, she kept asking when Fr. Jimi was going to come back. We were so grateful for him and have kept him and his dear family in our prayers. May his memory be eternal.

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