Makonnen Habtemariam

Makonnen Habtemariam

December 15, 1932 – January 20, 2021



Makonnen Habtemariam was born on December 15, 1932, in the former Shoa Province City of Debre Zeit, Ethiopia. After graduating from Teferi Mekonnen Elementary, he completed his middle and high school education at General Wingate Secondary High School. Soon after graduation, he was employed by the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia and served as Office Assistant and Coordinator for a few years before winning a full scholarship to attend the American University in Beirut, Lebanon, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Administration, in 1959.

After graduation Makonnen returned to his homeland and spent a few years serving as an Administrator at Menelik II Hospital (Dagmawi Menelik Hospital) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Shortly after, he received an opportunity to attend graduate school in the United States of America and moved to St Louis, Missouri to pursue his master’s degree. He earned his Master’s of Arts in Hospital Administration, from Washington University and immediately returned home to Ethiopia where he was appointed as a Government Administrator to serve in full capacity as a Deputy Minister of Health at Tikur Anbessa Hospital, Ministry of Health. As the Deputy Minister of Health, he was tasked with serving as a special government liaison officer for the Relief and Rehabilitation Program. In this position, he assisted communities across Ethiopia that were affected by the famine and drought during the early 1970s. At the end of 1974, with the change of regime, Makonnen was forced into early retirement, ending his career as a public servant.

Makonnen then took positions within several international organizations — World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) — where he served in various positions across Africa and North America before retiring in 1993.  In 1991, Makonnen and his beloved wife, Mrs. Abonesh Bekele, had moved their family to the United States and settled in Alexandria, VA, where he lived out the remainder of his life.

After a brief illness and related complications, Makonnen went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. He was a man of great faith and a long-time member of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Debre Meheret Kedus Michael Church.  His wisdom, constant smile and kindness will be sorely missed by his family and community. The entire family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to everyone, near and far, who has shared their condolences and mourned his death.

May God Bless His Soul!!

A Memorial for Makonnen Habtemariam

Church Service Information:

St. Michael’s Ethiopian Orthodox Church

3010 Earl Pl NE

Washington, DC 20018

Service will be held from 9am – 11am on Monday, January 25, 2021

ONLY pre-registered immediate family members are allowed, and masks are mandatory.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is strict limitation regarding in-person attendance to allow for proper social distance gathering during the church service.  Thus, we ask you to please join us remotely via St. Michael’s Ethiopian Orthodox Church YouTube channel by following the link below:  You may also join the service via Facebook at

Burial Service Information:                                                  

Fairfax Memorial Park

9900 Braddock Rd

Fairfax, VA 22032

Burial will be held at 12pm on Monday, January 25, 2021

ONLY 25 people are allowed, and masks are mandatory.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a strict limitation regarding in-person attendance to allow for proper social distance gathering during the burial service.  We ask you to please share your condolences with the family safely and remotely.  We ask you to join us for the burial service through the Fairfax Memorial Park zoom link below. Please be sure to stay MUTED!

  • Solomon aberra
    Posted at 10:26h, 24 January Reply

    My hero ,my friend ,my father ,and you are everybody friend everybody father , l miss you the bottom of my heart and you are blasted from the man . I miss you so much

  • Alemnesh Awoke
    Posted at 14:48h, 25 January Reply

    R.I.p peace and Rest

  • Hirut Shiferaw
    Posted at 15:26h, 25 January Reply

    From Shambel Shiferaw Kebede family. Our deepest condolences to the whole family. We wish we can be there to comfort the family. May the Lord be with the whole family in this difficult time. Rest In Peace Mokuye. You will be remembered always in our heart. We love you.

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