Rev. Aaron Sekwawaedza Madondo, 69, of Jefferson City, went home, surrounded by his family at his home, to be with the Lord on Monday, January 4, 2021.
He was born on June 14, 1951, in Zimbabwe, to the late Robson S. and Rwakutipedza Marita (Matiza) Madondo.
He was united in marriage on July 12, 1976, in Zimbabwe, to Lois Chikara, who passed away on August 6, 2017.
Aaron, a member of First United Methodist Church in Jefferson City, spent his career as an ordained United Methodist minister, working in different conferences in Zimbabwe and the United States of America since 1976. He enjoyed reading and was a world traveler with his beloved wife.
Rev. Madondo was a fearless and an unashamed pioneer. His middle name, Sekwawaedza, mean as much. After finishing his grade 6 (standard six), lack of money would not stop Aaron from being the first in his huge family to go forward with education. He obtained a job, working for a Swedish missionary, at Old Mutare to put himself through secondary school.
Aaron earned diplomas in Theology from Biriwiri and United Theological Colleges, overcoming the odds. Despite it being a longshot, for a poor boy who was not supposed to dream to come to America, Aaron applied to come to the United States to further his education. He went on to do his BA and Masters Degrees at Baker University and St. Paul School of Theology, respectively.
Aaron was a selfless man. Many, relatives, friends and strangers, will remember him for his generosity and passion for education. He helped many relatives and friends go school. He volunteered at Samaritan Center.
Aaron will be remembered dearly by his three children, Praise, Tapiwa Ferries (Fatima) and Pamela (Enock); eight grandchildren – Jordan Bruner, Kyra Madondo, Tanzikwa Maradzika, Olivia Chipewo, Savannah Bruner, Henry Chipewo, Christina Chari and Emmanuel Chari. Aaron’s nephews – Partson Maradzika (Marie) and Peter Chari (Anastancia) and Edmore and, siblings James Madondo (Mwazvita), Daniel Madondo (Loveness), Micah Madondo (Thoko), Simon Madondo (Valarie), just to name a few, will also remember Aaron dearly.
He was preceded in death by his wife, parents and several brothers and sisters.
Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Saturday, January 9, 2021, at First United Methodist Church in Jefferson City.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, January 9, 2021, at First United Methodist Church in Jefferson City with Rev. Trevor Dancer officiating. The church will live stream the service on their website at www.jcfumc.org.
Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery.
The general public is welcome to attend services while following social distancing guidelines. Facial coverings are encouraged while in attendance.
Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church Missions.
Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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