Wife of Tolstoi’s Confessor Stricken


Woman Who Was Exiled With Husband Buried In Hayward Hills.

An echo from far away Russia was sounded in the Hayward hills yesterday, when the wife of Father Agapius Honcharenko, exile and once confessor of the poet Tolstoi, was buried in a humble grave on the Honcharenko ranch overlooking the bay.

Bareheaded and bowed down with his great grief, Father Honcharenko headed the little funeral procession from the farm house to the hill side grave and mutely watched the burial of the sharer of his struggles against Russian bureaucracy. The Rev. W. H. Johnson of Hayward conducted the simple service and a small group of the aged priest’s admirers made up the cortege.

Mrs. Honcharenko, who was 81 years old, expressed a desire a few days before her death, to be buried close by her humble home. Her wish was fulfilled.

The Honcharenkos came to Hayward many years ago hen Father Honcharenko was exiled by the Russian government. Together the couple continued their revolutionary activities in this country, publishing a revolutionary paper in Russian. During the last year the aged pair have been almost destitute, and friends in Hayward have helped them from time to time. Father Honcharenko is nearly 90 years old and is prostrated with grief at the death of his loyal partner.

The San Francisco Examiner, March 24, 1915.