Sad News – Passing of Kausalya Pabla member of sangat

Kausalya Pabla passed away suddenly yesterday, Thursday, September 27, 2012.  She was a loving soul who has served the community for a long time in the Washington area.

She and her husband, Dr. Gursewa Singh Pabla, have supported many community initiatives including long time presence in the affairs of GNFA and giving financial donations to Guru Gobind Singh Foundation. They have been tremendously generous and have offered a helping hand to many newcomers in the area in the last three decades. She hosted many community events at her home to strengthen the growing community in the Washington area. They both have provided support for the issues of the Sikhs in America and in India.

She was a kind hearted, soft spoken and humble personality and did lot of sewa. She possessed a unique quality of making everyone smile with her demeanor and will show love even for a stranger in the Gurdwara. She will be missed by the community at large. May Waheguru bless her soul and give her everlasting peace!  Prayers for the Pabla family!

Her funeral and bhog ceremony is listed below:

Friday, September 28, 2012
Akand Paath — 4:00pm

Guru Nanak Foundation of America
12917 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, Maryland 20904

Sunday, September 30, 2012
Funeral & Cremation — 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Donaldson Funeral Home & Crematory
1411 Annapolis Road
Odenton, Maryland 21113

Akand Paath, Bhog, Kirtan & Langar to Follow — 4:30pm to 6:00pm at Guru Nanak Foundation of America

For additional details please contact Sukbhir Bedi 301.351.4886

Last date for the applications for the elected and contributing trustees for the year 2013, Sunday, September 9, 2012

As per the decision of the Board of Trustees in an emergency conference meeting held on August 28, 2012, the last date for the applications for the elected and contributing trustees for the year 2013 is Sunday, September 9, 2012.

Dr.  Arvinder Kaur Uppal


Celebration for Ursula Gill wife of Sardar Amarjit Singh Gill‏

Dear Friends and Family,
Please join us on Saturday, August 25 at Rockwood Manor to celebrate the life of Ursula Gill.  We have a number of events planned – please feel free to join us for one or all of them– or just stop by and sign our celebration book or drop a piece into a jigsaw puzzle made by Ursula’s father.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Rockwood Manor,
11001  MacArthur Boulevard
Potomac, Maryland 20854
3:00 p.m.   *    Shabad Kirtan
4:00 p.m.     **Langar
5:00 p.m.         Celebration of Ursula Gill – sharing of photos and memories
6 p.m.              Hors D’oeuvres and Music
MacArthur BoulevardPotomac, MD 20854 (map)3 BoulevardPotomac, MD
(If you need to contact us on Saturday, August 25, please call Amrita or Mike at 443-570-9279 or 443-465-8706.)
For those of you planning to come from out of town, please contact us right away as we can make arrangements for accommodations for you.   Please contact Amrita at
Many of you have asked about flowers.  In lieu of flowers we ask that you please make a donation to the Vasculitis Foundation in Ursula’s name.    You can contact them at or 800.277-9474.
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

Prince George’s Community Television visits GNFA following the Oak Creek Wisconsin Gurdwara Shootings

PGCTV’s Sonia Srivastava interviews members of the GNFA sangat on Monday August 6, 2012 following the Oak Creek, Wisconsin Gurdwara shootings that occurred on Sunday August 5, 2012.

Oak Creek Wisconsin Gurdwara Tragedy – Candlelight Vigil and Memorial at GNFA Wednesday August 8, 2012 & Friday August 10, 2012

August 6, 2012

Sangat of Gurudwara Sahib,
Guru Nanak Foundation of America

Respected members,

As you are aware of the tragedy of mass shooting at the Sikh Gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin on Sunday in what law enforcement has described as an act of domestic terrorism. The entire Sikh community, like all Americans, is shocked at this senseless act of violence. This is a sad day for the entire world and we offer our deepest sympathy to the victims’ families. We appreciate the heroic actions of the Oak Creek Wisconsin police officers, who rushed to the Gurdwara to save many lives at the risk of their own.

The management of the GNFA has decided to have a candlelight vigil and Memorial for Peace at the grounds of our Gurdwara Sahib at 12917 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904 on Wednesday, August 8, 2012, at 8:00 pm and Friday, August 10, 2012, at 8:00 pm. Please join us on both days. You are requested to inform all your friends and families to attend this candlelight vigil in rememberance of the Oak Creek shooting Victims.

Dr. Arvinder Kaur Uppal
GNFA Chairperson

  • Please wear white

Funeral Service & Antim Ardaas S. Jagjit Singh Sethi

Funeral Service & Antim Ardaas

Jagjit Singh Sethi

1924 – 2012

A loving son, husband, father a wonderful grandfather. You always will be in everyone heart, may you rest in peace.

A pure gleam that lit our lives. Can shine brightly, no more. As its soul, has left its abode,
.Amidst the heavens, to soar. And though we hurt for our loss,. We are forced to bid adieu
Destined to cherish, for our lives. Our loving memories of you.

Viewing & Kirtan  04/14/2012
11am – 1pm at

CHAMBER FUNERAL HOME, 5801 Cleveland Ave. Riverdale, MD  20737 Phone# 3016995500

Sunday,15th April, 2012
Antim Ardaas 5pm – 7pm at
G.N.F.A. Silver Spring, MD (12917 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904)(301) 384-2133

Any Questions call Maninderjit Sethi at 240-417-6926 or Gurvinder Sethi at 301-408-8707

Sad News – Passing of Manpreet Kapur

Funeral Service
Antim Ardaas


Manpreet Kapur
(1984 – 2012)

Directions to

Lee Funeral Home 6633 Old Alexandria Ferry Road Clinton, MD 20735 (301) 868 0900

From Washington DC
• Take the WASHINGTON exit onto I-395 N – go 1.7 mi
• Take Left fork onto I-295 S – go 0.3 mi
• Take the SOUTH CAPITOL STREET exit onto S CAPITOL ST SW – go 1.5 mi
• Bear Left on SUITLAND PKY SE – go 3.1 mi
• Turn Right on NAYLOR RD(MD-637) – go 0.4 mi
• Bear Right on BRANCH AVE(MD-5 S) – go 5.4 mi
• Take ramp toward COVENTRY WAY/CLINTON/ANDREWS AFB – go 0.3 mi
From Baltimore, MD
• Take the RICHMOND VA/ANDREWS AFB exit onto I-95 S – go 14.8 mi
• Take exit #7A/7B/SILVER HILL/WALDORF – go 0.4 mi
• Turn Left on AUTH RD – go 0.2 mi
• Turn Left on BRANCH AVE(MD-5 S) – go 2.7 mi
• Take ramp toward COVENTRY WAY/CLINTON/ANDREWS AFB – go 0.3 mi
From Virginia
• Take exit #18/BALTIMORE/RICHMOND onto I-495 S toward RICHMOND (Toll applies) – go 11.6 mi
• Continue on I-495 E – go 1.1 mi
• Continue on I-95 N – go 4.5 mi
• Bear Right on I-495 OUTERLOOP – go 1.2 mi
• Continue on I-95 N
• Continue on I-495 OUTERLOOP E – go 0.2 mi
• Continue on I-495 OUTERLOOP – go 3.0 mi
• Continue on I-95 N
• Continue on I-495 OUTERLOOP – go 0.3 mi
• Merge onto I-95 N – go 3.8 mi
• Take exit #7A/WALDORF onto MD-5 S – go 2.9 mi
• Take the COVENTRY WAY/CLINTON/ANDREWS AFB exit – go 0.3 mi

• Turn Left on COVENTRY WAY – go 0.1 mi


• Arrive at 6633 OLD ALEXANDRIA FERRY RD, CLINTON, on the Right


Saturday, 31st March, 2012

Viewing & Kirtan 2pm – 4pm
(Singing of hymns from Sikh Holy Book
Sri Guru Granth Sahib)

Cremation 4:15pm

Post Cremation Assembly 5:30pm
will be held at G.N.F.A. Silver Spring, MD
(12917 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904)
(301) 384-2133

Sunday, 1st April, 2012

Antim Ardaas 5pm -7pm
will be held at G.N.F.A. Silver Spring, MD
(12917 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904)
(301) 384-2133

Satinderpal Singh Kapur
(301) 535-0204

Manpreet Kapur, affectionately called Mini was born in Jalandhar (India) on 8th October, 1984. She migrated to USA with her parents in 1986. She was a lively and kind girl who was ever helpful and honest. A loving daughter, she was a source of constant joy for all her near and dear ones. Though her life was short, her cheerful attitude and unfailing optimism shall remain an inspiration for her family as well as her friends.

A pure gleam that lit our lives
Can shine brightly, no more
As its soul, has left its abode,
Amidst the heavens, to soar
And though we hurt for our loss,
We are forced to bid adieu
Destined to cherish, for our lives
Our loving memories of you

May the Almighty Waheguru bless her soul and give her a place at His feet.

Sad News – Passing of Sardar Jagjit Singh Ji Rathore

Sadh Sangat ji, GNFA was recently informed that Sardar Jagjit Singh Ji Rathore, husband of Bibi Amarjit Kaur Ji Rathore, passed away on January 4, 2012 after he had suffered a major stroke over a month ago.

Funeral Services from 1-3PM on Sunday 1/8/2012
Funeral services will be held at the Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home at 9902 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA 22032

Directions here.

Arambh Sehaj Paath at 5PM on Sunday 1/8/2012
A Sehaj Paath of Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji will be held at the Rathore Residence starting at 5PM.

4009 Roberts Road, Fairfax, VA 22032
Tel# 703-352-1916 on Sunday 1/8/2012.

The Paath will continue through Saturday 1/14/2012. Everyone is welcomed to participate in the reading and listening of the Paath. There will be a provision to read the Paath in English, in addition to Gurmukhi.

The timings for the Paath will be as follows:

  • Sunday 1/8: 5PM-8PM
  • Monday 1/9 – Friday 1/13: 9AM-7PM everyday
  • Saturday 1/14: 9AM-2PM.

The slots for reading Paath will be 1-hour long each. You can let the family know by RSVP’ing through the following Evite link for the days and times you would like to participate in the reading of the Paath, so that they can reserve the slot/s for you and confirm back to you. You can also call at 703-626-6119 to request a slot.

Bhog of Sehaj Paath and Kirtan from 5PM-8PM on Saturday 1/14/2012
The Bhog of the Sehaj Paath and a Kirtan Darbar in loving memory of Jagjit Singh ji’s departed soul will be held from 5PM-8PM on Saturday 1/14/2012 at Raj Khalsa Gurdwara, 22821 Silverbrook Center Dr., #160, Sterling, VA, followed with a Guru-ka-Langar.


The following message was sent from Guru Gobind Singh Foundation’s management to the Sadh Sangat.  We have posted it for the GNFA Sangat to view.

Jagjit Singh Rathore, a person who was passionate about Sikhi and showed his dedication to the community through his loving actions, passed away on Wednesday, January 4th. He is survived by his dedicated wife Bibi Amarjit Kaur and daughter Sahiba Kaur. The whole family has been performing kirtan from last two decades in the Washington area gurdwaras and touching many hearts. He was vocal about the rights of the Sikhs here and back in India in the 80’s. He always wanted to recited poems on Gurpurabs and would select poems written by prominent authors like Vidhata Singh Tir, Jaswant Singh Phul and others. He would deliver them with vigor and passion reminding the sangat the joy of being in the kavi darbars in India.

Picture above is his last reciting a poem on Guru Nanak Dev ji’s Gurpurab at Guru Gobind Singh Foundation. He read it loud like a lion.

We will sorely miss him.

May Waheguru bless his soul and give him everlasting embrace.

A Special Thanks to the Sadh Sangat

The management of GNFA is thankful to the Sadh Sangat for their generous donation towards the funeral costs incurred for Manpreet Singh Kohli.  The total funds raised through the Washington Metropolitan Area were over $8,000. The GNFA Sadh Sangat gave more than $3,500. Manpreet Singh Kohli’s body has been transported to India for cremation by his relatives.

Sant Anoop Singh Ji to visit Baltimore-Washington area Gurdwaras

The renowned Ragi Jatha of Sant Anoop Singh Ji – Una Sahib Wale – will be visiting the Baltimore/Washington area this coming weekend – Friday, January 14 through Sunday January 16.

Programs are as follows:

  1. Friday January 14, 2011 – evening Diwan at Guru Nanak Foundation of America,
  2. Saturday January 15, 2011 – special Diwan at Guru Nanak Foundation of America on Saturday evening from 4PM To 5.30PM
  3. Saturday January 15, 2011 – evening Diwan at Baltimore Gurdwara Sahib
  4. Sunday January 16, 2011 – afternoon Diwan at Guru Gobind Singh Foundation, Rockville Maryland
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