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The funeral and burial of Maria Goura - 31/03/2016

On Saturday 26 March we learned with sadness of the repose of our parishioner Maria Ivanovna Goura (b. 22 February 1927 in Poland).  Her funeral was served in our church on Thursday 31 March, after which she was laid to rest beside her husband, Nikolai Emilianovich, at Sandgate Cemetery.  Maria had a long and significant association with our parish. She is survived by a son and two daughters - Nikolai (our parish starosta), Anna and Katy - and by ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, many of whom gathered on the eve of her funeral to pray for her repose and, in keeping with Orthodox tradition, to read the Psalter over her casket.  We offer condolences to Maria's family, and pray that God will grant her rest!

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