Russian Old Believer speaks to town of gratitude

By Frank Martuschev

It has been one year since we lost two sons, two nephews and a friend in the plane crash. It seems so long ago, but in our hearts it is like yesterday.
We lost them, but we did not forget them. They will always be in a tragedy marked by Christmas. Christmas is a big holiday for us. It is hard to think of Christmas marked by the tragedy. But when you believe in God, it is better. God holds us up.
We want to thank all of those who supported us financially, spiritually, emotionally and physically. You supported us in your condolences and in many other ways since that tragic day. Condolences came from Gov. Sarah Palin, and from Sen. Lisa Murkowski. She gave us a flag of the United States that she flew after the tragedy. We thank them.
We want to thank Randy Creamer, principal at Kachemak Selo, for his support and his help in raising funds for the widows, and thank you to all the teachers and members of the public who supported the fundraiser.
We also want to, personally for myself, thank Troy and Linda Jones, and their sons, Buck and Phillip who operate East End Road Services; Randall Jones and his wife – all of you thank you from the deepest part of my heart.
My son Zahary’s son, Wasillie, is still looking out the window, waiting for his dad to come home. I told him his dad is not coming home, but one day we will go to him.
Religion is one thing, but we all live here. Homer doesn’t rely on stores. Our neighbors help each other. This is a moral way and how humans are supposed to be. I don’t know a lot of the people who came forward after we lost our house, even many from the States. It surprised me (that so many people came forward) that so many people came forward because we are a different culture. Maybe people have different ways of looking at the world, but that becomes not significant when tragedy strikes. It’s like when we’re out fishing and a boat is in trouble. You don’t ask who they are; you help them. And that brings us all closer together.

Frank Martuschev is the father of two sons who died in a tragic plane wreck last January and claimed the lives of six members of the Old Believer community.

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