Obituaries in Greek-American Community

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BROOKLINE, MA (from the Boston Herald, published on Aug. 11) – Spiros Bourloukas, age 93, of Brookline, August 7, 2018. Beloved husband of Helen (Collias). Loving father of Alesia of Brookline, Dean and his wife Wendy of Leesburg, VA and the late John and father-in-law of Tami Bourloukas. Grandfather of Emily and Sarah. Son of the late Charles and Angeliki (Tzaros). Brother of the late Ethel Pappas, Emorfia Economakis and Helen K. Bourloukas. Spiros was born in Boston and spent much of his childhood in Hora, Trifilias, Messinias, Greece. Spiros proudly served his country in the US Army during the Korean Conflict and was the recipient of the Purple Heart. He was a former proprietor of the Paramount Restaurant on Charles St., Beacon Hill. Visiting hours in the William J. Gormley Funeral Home 2055 Centre St. West Roxbury, Friday, August 10th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend Funeral Service on Saturday , August 11, 2018 at 11 o’clock in the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral of New England, 514 Parker St., Boston, MA 02120. (Please go directly to the Cathedral). Interment will follow at Forest Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Spiros may be made to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral of New England. For directions and guestbook please visit,

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (from the Palm Beach Post, published on Aug. 29) – Christos N. Christodoulidis, of West Palm Beach, Florida passed away on August 25, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Judy, son, Nicholas, sister, Anastasia Sheridan-Christodoulidis and nephews, Michael Chattalas, Jason Robbins, niece, Jennifer Robbins, brother-in-law, Rodney Robbins, sister-in-law, Penny Robbins. Christos enjoyed a long Diplomatic Career in the service of his home country Greece, where he was born on December 22, 1937. He will be lovingly remembered by family and his many friends both in Athens and West Palm Beach. Funeral Services will be held 9:00AM Saturday, September 1, 2018 at St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church, 110 Southern Blvd; West Palm Beach, the Rev. Andrew Maginas celebrant. Entombment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, West Palm Beach. Arrangements are in the care of Tillman Funeral Home & Crematory, 2170 S. Military Trail, West Palm Beach.

MIDDLETOWN, RI (from the Newport Daily News, published on Aug. 28) – George W. Christy, age 83, of Middletown, peacefully passed away surrounded by his family on August 25, 2018. George was born on February 7, 1935 in Skoura, Sparta, Greece. He came to this country at an early age to better his education and to earn the privilege of becoming a US Citizen. After school, he proudly served his country in the US Army during the Korean conflict. Following an honorable discharge from the Army, George was an entrepreneur in several business ventures in Mays Landing, New Jersey where he lived for many years. George earned his BA in Business Administration at NYU, later serving as President for the Hellenic Studies Department. He was also chairman of the fundraising program at the Richard Stockton College in NJ. He leaves his two brothers Dino Christy and his wife Helen, Matthew Christy and his wife Zoe Christy, all of Middletown and a sister Demetria Georgopoulos in Skoura, Greece. He also leaves seven nephews and three nieces, cousins and many close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Vasilos Christopoulos and Christina (Corsones) Christopoulos and a sister Georgia Proakis of Springfield, MA.
Visitation will be held Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, 390 Thames St, Newport, followed by a funeral service in the church at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Newport Memorial Park, Howland Ave, Middletown. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, PO Box 427, Newport, RI 02840.

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA(from The Virginian Pilot, published on Aug. 2) – Alex Pete Kotarides passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 surrounded by his beloved family. He was born in 1931 in Tegea, in Arcadia, Greece. He finished high school in Tegea and went on to college in Athens and graduated as a teacher. Upon finishing college, he was drafted and served in the Greek army as a first lieutenant. He was honored to have been selected and to have served as a NATO communications officer where he learned the American way, before he even got to the United States. After his military service, he followed his grandfather, Alex, uncle Paul and his brother Odysseus to Norfolk, Virginia in 1958. His brother and he worked for his uncle’s bakery for several years, but both were determined to start their own business. They worked the night shift at the bakery, so they could concentrate on starting their own business during the day. In 1963, they put a down payment on their first lot and officially became home builders. Through their hard work and perseverance, they created a successful real estate firm and became the embodiment of the American Dream. Alex always attributed his business success to God’s grace, America, good luck, his brother and a good team. Once his business was established, his thoughts turned to family. He married his devoted and loving wife, Eleni, who hailed from the same part of Greece. Their family grew and included son Pete Alex, his wife Sarah, and son Petro, and his wife Theresa. Alex was the proud Papou to five grandchildren, Alexander, Charles, Lilley, Louisa and Stella. Alex often thought of how lucky he had been to marry Eleni, to come to America, become a citizen and to have a successful business with his brother for over 50 years. One of his proudest achievement was that his sons and nephews, Pete O. and Basil, joined the family real estate business and helped it grow and prosper. His dream is that the family business will continue into the third generation. The best compliment a person could receive from “Mr. Alex” was to hear “You look good in blue!” If you were really lucky, you would get a dollar bill with his signature on it as a way of passing on good luck. He always kept his faith in the forefront of his mind and was a member of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Norfolk from the time he arrived in the United States. Alex is survived by his wife Eleni, sons Pete Alex and his wife Sarah and Petro and his wife Theresa, brother Odysseus and wife Maria, nephews Basil and Pete O and his wife Tina, sister Demetra Lekeas, grandchildren, brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father Panagiotis and mother Jerusalem. A Trisagion service will be held at H.D. Oliver Funeral Home on Laskin Road in Virginia Beach on Thursday evening at 6 p.m. and the funeral service will be held at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Norfolk on Friday at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in honor of Alex. Online Condolences may be made to the family at

WEST HARWICH, MA (from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, published on Aug. 1) –Vasiliki Betty (Saltis) Montouris, 97, of West Harwich, Massachusetts, formerly of Worcester, Massachusetts and Palm Beach, Florida, loving and beloved family matriarch, died peacefully on Sunday, July 29, 2018 surrounded by her family. Betty was born on May 20, 1921 to The Very Reverend Philip T. Saltis and Presbytera Magdeline (Chaitis) Saltis in Sotira, Northern Epirus, Greece. She emigrated to the United States in 1936. Betty was married for 67 years to her late husband, George Montouris, with whom she is now reunited. Surviving her are daughters Dr. Georgia D. Montouris, Attorney Dorothy S. Montouris and her husband Attorney Eric P. Hayes, Dr. Elaine A. Montouris and her husband Dr. Gary F. Ciambotti, and Attorney Joanne S. Nikitas, wife of the late Nicholas M. Nikitas, and her grandchildren Matthew Montouris Gore, Maximos N. Nikitas and Alexis D. Montouris Ciambotti. Betty joins her Mother and Father, brothers George Saltis and Michael Saltis and sister Pandora Saltis Tsouros. She is survived by her brother Andrew Saltis. Betty was a long time member of St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Worcester, during which time she served as President of the Ladies Philoptochos Society, a charitable Greek women’s organization. She was also a member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Centerville, Massachusetts and was a former member of St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church in West Palm Beach, Florida. Betty lived a full and complete life. She was a faithful resident of Cape Cod for the past forty years, enjoying its natural beauty and charm and pursuing her personal interests of gardening, reading and current events. She was most happy at the Cape spending time with her adoring family for whom she was a great inspiration. Private funeral services were held on August 2, 2018. Memorial donations may be made to the Ladies Philoptochos Society of St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 102 Russell Street, Worcester, MA 01609, or to Boston Medical Center, Office of Development, 801 Massachusetts Avenue, First Floor, Boston, MA 02118-2393. Arrangements in the care of Callahan Fay Caswell Funeral Home, 61 Myrtle St., Worcester.

SYRACUSE, NY (from the Syracuse Post Standard, published on Jul. 11) – Theodota “Dorothy” Skandalis, age 94, died on July 9, 2018. Born in Flambouro, Greece, she immigrated to the United States with her two daughters, Celia (Vasoula) and Athen (Anthoula) in 1954, joining her husband, Venizelos, who previously immigrated to the United States in 1951. They obtained their US citizenship in 1962. She was a life-long member of the Greek Orthodox Church. She was predeceased (June 2014) by her husband, Venizelos (Vincent); her brother, Taki, and her sisters, Ekaterini (Katina) and Litsa. She is survived by two daughters, Celia and Athen of Syracuse; a son, George (Teresa) of Dewitt; five grandchildren, Demetrius, Amalia, Lisa, Maria and Anna, and two great-grandchildren, Niko and Teah. She also is survived by brothers, Niko and Yianki Papadimopoulou in Greece, and several nieces and nephews in Canada and Greece. Calling hours will be held at the Burns Garfield Funeral Home, 3175 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13224 on July 12, 2018 from 4-6 p.m. A funeral service will be on July 13, 2018, at 10 a.m. at St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church, 325 Waring Road, Syracuse 13224. Burial will be in Oakwood Morningside Cemetery.

MANCHESTER, NH (from the Union Leader, published on Jul. 25) – Vasilios Tsourvakas, 78, of Manchester, NH died on Monday, July 23, 2018 at Wingate Healthcare, in Reading, MA. He was born on February 6, 1940, in Kastraki, Greece, the son of the late Christos and Efrosine Tsourvakas. He was a resident of Manchester for many years. Prior to his retirement, he was employed for many years at Hermsdorf Manufacturing Company where he was a carpenter. Members of his family include his son, Christos Tsourvakas, a daughter, Effie Kouiroukidis and her husband, Kostas, two grandchildren, Vasiliki and Yanni, a brother, Apostolos Tsourvakas, as well as many other family members both here and in Greece. Mr. Tsourvakas was predeceased by his wife, Maria (Papanikolaou) Tsourvakas. Services: A calling hour will be held on Thursday, July 26, 2018 from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 650 Hanover Street, in Manchester. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. in the church. Committal prayers and interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery in Manchester. It has been suggested that those who wish may make memorial gifts to St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral or to the American Cancer Society, in memory of Mr. Tsourvakas. Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium is assisting the family with arrangements. To view an online memorial, to leave a message of condolence, or for more information please go to

CHELMSFORD, MA (from the Lowell Sun, published on Jul. 19) – Evangelia “Eva” (Krosaris) Tziolis, of Chelmsford, loving mother, grandmother, sister, and a former longtime resident of Lowell, died July 17, 2018, at home, following a long, courageous battle with renal failure, aged 83 years. She was blissfully married to her sweetheart, the late Anastasios “Tasios” Tziolis, with whom she will celebrate their 54th Wedding Anniversary, in Heaven, on July 26th. Born in Kalambaka, Greece, January 20, 1935, a daughter of the late Nikolaos and Dimitra (Triantafillou) Krosaris. Her education was cut short, at the age of five, when Greece was first invaded by the Italian army and, after defeating the initial attack in 1940, was later invaded by the German army in April of 1941. Her father Nikolaos passed away at a young age, leaving behind her pregnant mother Dimitra, four other siblings, three sisters and a brother, who together struggled to survive the occupation of Nazi Germany until 1945. Her hard-working “career” began at the age of ten, when she worked in the fields tending crops to help her mother support the family. Twice she faced death – once a snake bite almost took her life, and later, a blood infection from blisters on her calloused hands almost won. In 1964, she married the love of her life, Tasios, who passed away on December 15, 2004. They immigrated to Germany where Eva worked as an aid in a German Hospital and Tasios worked at the Opal Automobile Company. In 1968, they immigrated to America with their two young sons, ages six months and two years old. Hence began their American dream. Tasios worked at Paris shoe factory, and once her two children enrolled in school, Eva went to work for Solomon’s factory stitching nightgowns. Although Eva had a difficult early life, you would not have known it. She was happiest in the kitchen making her spanakopita and baklava for family gatherings. Her family would like to thank Drs. Meltsakos and Rosacci for the great care they gave her, and also the staff at Fresenius Dialysis Center. A very special thank you to her “Best Friend” and caretaker, Christine Fleury, without whom Eva would not have survived her three year struggle with renal failure. Eva is survived by two sons, Nicholas A. Tziolis and his fiancé Sheryl O’Donnell of Chelmsford, and Charlie Tziolis and his wife Shannan of Westford. Four grandchildren, Anastasios “Nicholas” Tziolis of Chelmsford, and Tyler, Zachary and Charlie Tziolis, all of Westford. Four sisters, Mrs. Paraskevi Tsiantikos of Trikalla, Greece, Mrs. Fotini Panaras of Lowell, Mrs. Georgia Vangos of Lowell, and Mrs. Athanasia Xaxamis of Trikalla, Greece. She also leaves behind several nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Elias Krosaris of Kalambaka, Greece. Friends will be received at the Morse-Bayliss Funeral Home, 122 Princeton Boulevard, Lowell, on Friday from 4 until 7 PM. Her Funeral Service will be held on Saturday at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Lewis St., Lowell, at 10:00 AM. Interment in Westlawn Cemetery, Lowell. Friends who wish may make memorial donations in her name to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 62 Lewis St., Lowell, MA 01854. Funeral Director, Frederick W. Healy. Please visit Eva’s memorial tribute page at