Obituaries in Greek-American Community

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NEW BERLIN, WI (from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, published on Jan. 20) – James G. Agnos (Anagnostopoulos) Passed away on January 15, at the age of 83. Loving husband of the late Angie Agnos (nee John), devoted father of George Anagnostopoulos, Constantine Agnos (Erin), Christ Agnos (Christine). Proud grandfather of Dimitrios Anagnostopoulos, Vasilios Anagnostopoulos, Aggeliki Anagnostopoulos, Dimitrios Agnos and Nikolas Agnos. Brother of Peter Agnos (Eugenia), the late Theodore Anagnostopoulos (Angie), the late George Kostopoulos (Mary), the late Christ Kostopoulos (Fotini) and Vasiliki Paras (Angelo). Also loved by nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends in this country and in Greece. Dimitri (Jim) came to this country in 1956, settled in Milwaukee, learned English, got married and raised a family. He quickly made many friends and was involved with AHEPA for more than 50 years. In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church.


FALLS CHURCH, VA (from The Washington Post, published on Jan. 23) – Pericles George Apostolou, 93, of Falls Church, Virginia, passed away tragically on Friday, January 18, 2019. Perry was born May 25, 1925 in Epiniana, Evritanias, Greece, a small mountain village tucked away in the central mainland. He was the beloved son of the late George and Sofia Apostolou. The second of five children, he immigrated to the United States in the mid-fifties where he lived and worked in Chicago, San Francisco and Coos Bay, Oregon. He eventually returned to Greece in the early sixties where he met and married Eleftheria Gournelos and soon returned to the United States. After a few years in Welch, WV they would finally settle in the Washington DC/Northern VA area. Perry nurtured, cared for, and loved his family with great compassion and great generosity. He extended his love to everyone he encountered throughout his life. He was an avid chef and baker and you would always find him in the kitchen. He had such a zest for life and was always ready with a kind word, quick wit, and a loaf of bread. He leaves son, Chrisostomos Apostolou, daughter, Sofia Kehayias and her husband Anastasios; granddaughter, Eleftheria, his dear brother, Panos Apostolou and sister, Litsa Xaniotis, and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded by his wife of 40 years Eleftheria, his son George, his brother Lambros and his sister Rena. In lieu of flowers family asks that donations be made in his name to St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church. Online condolences and fond memories may be offered to the family at


RANDOLPH, NJ (from the Star-Ledger, published on Jan. 24) – Sotiria “Rita” Catacalos, 91, family matriarch with Greek roots, “lived fearlessly, selflessly,” passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at Boonton Care Center on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. Rita was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, on May 23, 1927. She came to America in 1947, without speaking English, leaving everything she knew for a better life. Planting her Greek roots firmly, she was never ashamed of her culture and didn’t try to Americanize herself to fit. She became a matriarch, dedicating her life to her children and grandchildren, always helping others. She lived in Maplewood, NJ, for more than 50 years, prior to residing in Boonton, NJ. Rita was a working mother, a seamstress, often crafting her own original designs. She had many other talents. She became a proud U.S. citizen – her American dream. Rita is survived and loved by her four children, Charlie and his wife, Patti; Ernie and his wife, Maria Angela; Cathy Barrett and her husband, Michael, and John and his wife, Linda; seven grandchildren, Sophia and her husband, Ian Greenberg; Nikki, James, William, Thomas, Cassie, and Athena; her three great-grandchildren, Alexander, Isabella, and Isaac. Rita was predeceased by her husband of 66 years, Bilis, in 2014. She lived fearlessly and selflessly, a part of her that will always be carried on. She will be truly missed by all who knew her. Interment was at Rosedale Cemetery, Orange, NJ.


ARLINGTON, VA (from The Washington Post, published on Jan. 24) – Pafsanias Athanasios Fousekis, 83, of Arlington, VA, died on Monday, January 21, 2019, of Arlington, VA. Mr. Fousekis was born in Nostimo, Greece and is survived by his sisters, Evangelia Paspalis, Spiridoula Papaspirou (Rev. Dimitaios Papaspirou), and Golfo Scilaris (Anastasios). Also survived by many nephews and nieces. Memorial contributions may be made to the Greek Orthodox Church of Saint George in memory of Pafsanias Athanasios Fousekis.


SANTA FE, NM (from the Albuquerque Journal, published on Jan. 22) – Lemonia Komis, born March 22, 1922 died on January 18, 2019 at home with her son by her side. Lemonia was born in Greece and grew up in the village of Panopoulo. She immigrated to the United States in December 1947, greeted by her two sisters Lela and Poulia at the Albuquerque airport. She met John Komis in Santa Fe. They were married in 1948 and were the proprietors of the Ship Ahoy Cafe which later became the El Patio Cafe in downtown Santa Fe across from the Lensic. Throughout her 43-year career in the restaurant business, Lemonia with her husband acquired commercial properties on the Plaza and other real estate holdings in Santa Fe. She was the Greek matriarch whose strength guided her family in happy and somewhat difficult times with love, compassion, and uncanny business acumen. Lemonia was preceded in death by her husband John Komis and her son Nick Komis, who both died in 1994. She was the second youngest of 10 siblings, all of whom preceded her in death. Lemonia is survived by her son Peter Komis and his wife Dorinda and their son Ianandra of Santa Fe; her daughter Chrissy Komis of Albuquerque; her granddaughter Nicole Kapnison; and her son-in-law Nick Kapnison of Albuquerque. She is also survived by her nephew Stamati Giannakopoulos and his wife Argyro “Ritsa” Vihou and their son Yannis of Rafina, Greece; and nieces Connie and Helen Chalamidas of Albuquerque both of whom as children met their dear aunt Lemonia when she arrived in America. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews in Greece and the United States; and her devoted caretakers, Lorena “Diana” Estrada, Roxanna Lopez, Glenda Perez, and former caretakers Margarita Sanchez, Blanca Zambrano, Dora Maria Campos, Teresa Lezama, and Lorena Tafoya. The family would like to thank Wendy Jenner RN, Rachel Whitney RN, David Gonzales MD, Gary Giblin MD, and all the dedicated staff at PMS Hospice. Funeral by Berardinelli Family Funeral Services were held at St. Elias the Prophet Greek Orthodox church. The pallbearers were Nikos Fotiadis, Jerry Archuleta, Brayan Arras, Cory Lyle, Jimmy Vigil, Jorge Armijo, and Zealleauss-Eli Archuleta.


CHICAGO, IL (from the Chicago Tribune, published on Jan. 22) – Eleftherios Mantis, born in Edipsos Greece, passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2019. Beloved husband of Panagiota, nee Karavaselas and loving father of Stelios (Jessica Duffin) Mantis, Eleni (Scott) Sommerschield and Sofia Mantis. Devoted son of the late Stelios and the late Eleni, nee Pourgiotou, Mantis; proud grandfather of Alexis, Jacob and Denise; dear brother of Margaritis (Cassandra) Mantis and Ariadne (the late Panos) Fragos; brother-in-law of Katerina (Fotios) Melegos, Christine (Kostas) Psyhogios and Athanasios Karavaselas. Respected uncle of many nieces and nephews and their families.


BOCA RATON, FL (from the Sun-Sentinel, published on Jan. 22) – Aristotle John Maragoudakis, born January 28, 1931 in Chania, Crete Greece and the last of 9 siblings, passed away peacefully from double pneumonia on January 19. He is survived by his wife Thula (married 63 years), two sons John & George and 4 Grandchildren Rachael, Aris, Thanasi, and Aria. Aristotle was employed in New Jersey at Singer Kearfott and Burns & Roe in Oradell, NJ as an electrical engineer. Upon retirement at age 55, he opened a real estate and brokers office and sold many famous restaurants in the New Jersey area. Aristotle has been a long-standing member of the St Mark Greek orthodox church community in Boca Raton. He will be missed by so many.


CHICAGO, IL (from the Chicago Tribune, published on Jan. 20) – Gus Maskaleris, U.S. Army Veteran; Born in Stadion, Tegeas, Greece; Beloved husband of Chrysoula (nee Koutsogiannis); Loving brother of Dimitrios (Becky) Maskaleris and Maria (Konstantinos) Svolopoulos; Dearest uncle and cousin to many here and Greece. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church appreciated.


HARRISBURG, PA (from The Patriot-News, published on Jan. 22) – Helen Matangos, 86, of Harrisburg, fell asleep in the Lord Monday, January 21, 2019 at her home. She was born February 15, 1932 in Perithori, Arcadia, Greece; she was the daughter of the late Panayiotis and Yeoryia (Bicos) Bentevis and was preceded in death by her husband, Harry C. Matangos; brother, Stavros Bentevis; and sister, Antigone Soumakis. Helen is survived by 3 sons, Christopher Matangos (wife Penny), Pete Matangos and George Matangos (wife, Elaine); daughter, Erine M. Matangos (Joseph Goncalves); and her much loved 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters, Ismini Bouzalas, Diamanto Charisopoulos, and Despina Panou; and brother, John Bentevis. She was owner and operator of Matangos Candies of Harrisburg; a member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral and the Philptochos Society. May her memory be everlasting.

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