September 25, 2013
Jordanville: Funeral Services were held in Holy Trinity Monastery
for Protodeacon John Onopko
Friday, September 20, the eve of the great feast of the Nativity of
the Mother of God, the funeral for
Protodeacon John Onopko was held at Holy Trinity Monastery. The
funeral was served by monastery rector Archimandrite Luke, monastery
clergy and clergy friends of the newly reposed Fr. John.
Friends and relatives came from Canada, Cleveland, and many other
places. Among those mourning were fellow members of the Displaced
Persons (DP) camp at Fischbeck, Germany where Fr. John lived with
hundreds of other Russian refugees after World War II before
arriving in America in 1950.
Protodeacon Victor Lochmatow (monastery cleric), Fr. John’s longtime
friend, gave the eulogy. He pointed out Fr. John’s great love for
the Church’s services and his zeal in serving them. He was known for
his love and service to Metropolitan Laurus and the monastery in
general. Over the years, he donated new vestments for the monastery
services in all of the various liturgical colors. Fr. John accepted
the news of his incurable illness not only without complaint, but
with a certain joy and submission to God’s will. Those who loved him
will remember him for his kindness and love he showed everybody.
May God grant rest to his soul!
Media Office of the Eastern American Diocese