Obituaries in Greek-American Community

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NEW YORK, NY (from The Repository, published on Feb. 20) – Costa Nicholas Kalorides of Manhattan unexpectedly passed away Thursday morning at the New York Presbyterian Hospital following cardiac arrest. Born in Canton, Ohio, he was the son of Xenophon and Rita (Penopoulou) Kalorides. Costa was a high school graduate of Glenoak and attended the University of Akron. He was an active member at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox church. He was a part of the original Pontian dance troop and Greek dance troop, the Greek Orthodox Youth Association, and he was an altar boy. Costa was a private first-class in the artillery unit of the Army Reserves. He worked alongside his family at his father’s store, Zens Camera, Inc. He worked at National Debt Relief in New York before his passing. Costa loved spending time with his family and friends, watching classic TV shows, and was an avid supporter of all Cleveland sports teams. Costa was preceded in death by his father, Xenophon Kalorides. He is survived by his mother, Rita Kalorides; sisters and brothers-in-law, Maria (Kalorides) Avdelas, Kosta Avdelas, Eleni (Kalorides) Demirtzoglou, and Dimitris Demirtzoglou; nieces and nephews Eleftheria Avdelas, Manolis Avdelas, Tatiana Avdelas, Alexia Avdelas, Antonis Avdelas, and Jason Demirtzoglou; and other family and friends residing in the United States and Greece. Interment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.


GREENWICH, CT (from Greenwich Time, published on Feb. 20) – Peter Karras, 60, formerly of Stamford and longtime resident of Greenwich, passed away suddenly on Friday, February 15, 2019 in his Greenwich apartment. Peter was born in Stamford on November 19, 1958 son of the late George and Katie Chagaris Karras. Peter graduated from Stamford High School Class of 1976. He continued his education at Norwalk Community College and The University of Connecticut. Peter enjoyed music, cooking and spending time with his family. His gentle smile, infectious laugh and his kindness touched all that knew and loved him. Peter is survived by his sister Annette Karras Ziboulis and her husband Emmanuel of Stamford. His two nephews, Dean and George Ziboulis also of Stamford, along with many aunts and cousins here and in Greece. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Peter’s memory to Pathways Inc., 175 Milbank Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830 or to Archangels Greek Orthodox Church, 1527 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT 06902. For online condolences please visit


FAIRVIEW PARK, OH (from The Plain Dealer, published on Feb. 4) – Eftihia Kontos (nee Koustis), age 87, entered into rest peacefully February 3. Beloved wife of the late Aristidis for 55 years. Loving mother of Christos, Yannoula Hussey (Sam) and Angelo (Irene). Dearest yiayia of Alexandrea (Paul), Victoria, Christian, Hellene (Dr. Richard), Dr. George (Anita), Andrew (Chelsea), Gregory and Arrin. Dear great-yiayia of Charlie, Henry, Oliver, Jack, Evelyn, William and Isabella. Dear sister of Tom Koustis and Vassiliki Kromydas of Greece and the following deceased: Angelo, Aristides, Kosta Koustis, and Calliopi Zotos. Dear aunt, great-aunt and friend of many. For online tributes and condolences visit


NEWPORT NEWS, VA (from the Daily Press, published on Feb. 13) – James A. Koumbas, Jimmy, as he was known to all his friends, passed away on Sunday, February 10, 2019. He began his journey 82 years ago in a small village in Sparta Greece. In 1955 at 18 years old he arrived in Newport News with a suitcase and very little in his pockets. The youngest of 8 children, the family hoped and prayed he would have a better life in America after experiencing the horrors of World War II and the Greek Civil War as a child. With the help of his future Father-in-law Gus Mageras and Brother-in-law Sam Mageras, he learned the art of cooking at the U.S. Restaurant Downtown Newport News. Later moving to the Gourmet Inn, the family continued to serve peninsula residents the finest foods with pride and highest of standards. Branching out in 1968, Jimmy began operating a small eatery on the then bustling Newport News waterfront, The Terminal Restaurant. His hard work and long hours led to success until 1974 when a fire destroyed the establishment. An amazing place that served home-style meals to C&O officials, Horne Brothers Shipyard workers, U.S. Navy sailors, merchant sailors from around the world, and many more. That year saw the opening of the Bull’s Head Steak House with his Brother-in-law Bill Georges in the fast growing Denbigh area. There the family’s famous steak marinade and unique Greek Salad Dressing were to become favorites among their customers until his retirement in 1998. In more than 40 years in the restaurant business, he never strayed from the values he learned all those years ago…quality, value, and pride in all you do. He turned to helping the local chapter of the Disabled American Veterans as many were his customers and he wanted to give back. Cooking for them at functions and even at the annual picnic for those at the Veterans hospital was special to him. He too wanted to give time to his Church and worked tirelessly to help the Annual Greek Festival continue to be one of the area’s finest events. He was preceded in death by his wife of 34 years Voula and his son Stacey. His is survived by his son Dino Koumbas of Hampton, his companion Cathy Nichols of Newport News, his sisters Georgia Pappas of New York, Maria Bakolias of Montreal Canada, brother Stratis Koumbarakos of Athens Greece, and a wonderful extended family whose love and support is un-measurable. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Constantine & Helene Greek Orthodox Church, 60 Traverse Rd, Newport News, VA 23606. Arrangements are in the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.



  1. JOHN, IN (from the Northwest Indiana Times, published on Feb. 14) – Peter Makris age 83 of St. John passed away February 12, 2019. He is survived by his loving wife Evanthia; daughter Eleni (John Fotopoulos) Makris; grandchildren Demetrios and Evanthia; sisters Dena Karahalios and Katina Karaiskos; numerous nieces and nephews and godchildren. Peter was a businessman who was born in Ira, Argos Greece. He began working at Inland Steel and eventually owned various businesses (Pioneer Tap) and real estate. He was generous, kind, hardworking and enjoyed helping others. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He was a member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Schererville, IN.


EAST GREENBUSH, NY (from the Albany Times Union, published on Feb. 19) – Joanna Panagopoulos, 77, passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully at home in her sleep on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Born in Kynigou, Pylos Messinia, Greece, she was the daughter of the late Anastasios and Sophia (Spyropoulou) Tomaras. Joanna was raised and educated in Greece, living a vibrant life in Greece before immigrating to the United States in the early 1970’s to be married to the late Stavros Panagopoulos and settling in the Capital Region. She was a communicant of St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in Albany. Joanna devoted her life to making a home for her family. She had a love for all animals, nature, history and travel. She especially enjoyed her frequent trips back to Greece to visit friends and relatives. Most of all, Joanna cherished time with her family and friends and had a very special relationship with her only son, Aggelos. The two often traveled together and shared a special, unbreakable bond. In addition to her parents, Joanna was predeceased in 1997 by her husband Stavros; as well as a brother Vasilis and sister Alexandra in Greece. She is survived by her son, Aggelos Panagopoulos and his wife Nina of Boston, Mass.; and her two granddaughters, Sophia Kate and Chloe Anne. She is also survived by her sisters, Lea, Panagiota, Vasiliki, and Theodora, and several other relatives in Greece. Interment, as per Joanna’s wishes, will take place in her home country of Greece. Memorial donations in Joanna’s name may be made to St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Tebbutt Funeral Home, Albany. To express condolences and for more information, please visit


ALEXANDRIA, VA (from The Virginian Pilot, published on Feb. 13) – Penelope Paras, 90, of Alexandria, VA passed away peacefully at home in the presence of her children and grandchildren on February 9th, 2019 in Alexandria, VA. Penelope was born in Portland, OR to George and Olga Polechrones on June 17, 1928. She married Jim G. Paras on August 20, 1954 in Portland, OR. She received her BA in Child Psychology at U. of MD, Stuttgart and was a leader in her Greek Orthodox Community and choirs in Portland prior to moving to Athens, Greece upon her marriage. There she engaged in many philanthropic activities and was also President of the American Women’s Organization of Greece. Penelope is survived by her son George and Lisa Paras, and grandchildren Dimitri, Alexander, Alessandra, Rachel, and Yianni; her son Christopher and Julie Paras, and grandchildren Nicholas and Christina, and great grandchild Lacey; and her daughter Katerina. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Save the Children in memory of Penelope P. Paras. Call 1-800-728-3843.

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