Son of Alliance International Workers Dies Suddenly

Josiah Bubna, son of Alliance international workers, died suddenly on July 7, after jogging with his fiancée at the Wheaton College (Illinois) track. He was 22. Josiah was born on July 29, 1989, in Summit, New Jersey, and grew up in Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa. He attended Dakar Academy high school in Senegal and graduated from Wheaton College in 2011. He joined Samaritan’s Purse in Japan to assist with relief efforts for victims following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

It was in Japan that Josiah met his fiancée, Rebekah Falcone, also a Samaritan’s Purse volunteer. The two had planned to wed August 11, 2012. Josiah is remembered for his commitment to his family and friends and his devotion to Christ and His Kingdom.

Josiah is survived by his fiancée, Rebekah, parents, sisters Angele (15) and Nadia (13), maternal grandparents Milton and Nancy Pierce. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Paul and Jeanie Bubna.

Pray for Josiah’s parents, their daughters Angele and Nadia, as well as Josiah’s fiancée, Rebekah, as they mourn Josiah’s sudden and tragic death. Several of his parent’s extended family members are Alliance international workers. Pray for God’s peace and comfort for the Bubna and Pierce families during this difficult time.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, 5:00–8:00 p.m. at Hultgren Funeral Home, 304 N. Main St., Wheaton, Illinois. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 12, 2012, at 12 p.m. at Blanchard Road Alliance Church. Interment will follow at Wheaton Cemetery. Family and friends may sign a guestbook at For more information, please call Hultgren Funeral Home at 630-668-0027.


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