On Tuesday 10 September our parish rector served the funeral of Rufina Tomacheva (nee Balahnina). The responses were sung by Reader Nekatry Kotlaroff, the conductor of the Russian Orthodox Male Choir of Australia. Rufina, who was born in Kurgan, Russia, in 1936, departed this life on 4 September at 83 years of age. She was afterwards laid to rest in Wallsend Cemetery with many other of our parishioners. We offer hearfelt condolences to Rufina's daughter Irina and her family. May God grant His newly-departed handmaiden rest with the saints and life everlasting!