Obituaries in Greek-American Community

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PUTNAM, CT (from the Norwich Bulletin, published on Oct. 15) – Nikos Agathos, 81, of Putnam, passed away Monday, October 14 at Manchester Memorial Hospital in Manchester. Nikos was born in Kanakades, Kerkira, Greece on October 14, 1938, son of the late Spiro and Andromachi (Revis) Agathos. He served in the Greek Army. He was married to Stella (Moumouris) Agathos for sixty years. Nikos immigrated to the United States in 1966. He was the owner and operator of Center Pizza in Putnam for twenty years. Nikos was an avid sports fan. Besides his wife Stella he is survived by two children, Spiros Agathos and Anna Agathos, both of Putnam, his brother Jimmy Agathos of Danielson and sister Olga Revis of Greece and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother George Agathos. A calling hour was held on Friday, October 18, from 10-11 AM, followed by a funeral service at 11 at The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 80 Water Street, Danielson. Burial in Westfield Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.

BROOKSVILLE, FL (from the Lowell Sun, published on Oct. 17) – Chief Charles C. Chronopoulos, 87 of Brooksville Florida, formerly of Tyngsboro, MA passed away Saturday, October 12 at the HPH Hospice Care Center with his loving wife by his side. He was born August 1, 1932 in Boston, Massachusetts and came to Brooksville in 2004 from Tyngsboro, Massachusetts. He grew up in Allston, Massachusetts near Braves field where his love of baseball was born. As a result of his frequent visits to Braves Field and interaction with the players, he became bat boy for the Boston Braves Organization for 10 years. He was signed to play pro ball for the Boston Braves, then was drafted and signed up for the United States Marine Corps. He served as Sergeant with the Military Police until his discharge in 1955. He met his wife Caroline, also serving in the United States Marine Corps., and they married in 1955. Charlie suffered a severe ankle injury while playing ball for the U.S. Marine team and was unable to continue his baseball career with the Braves organization after his discharge. They finally settled in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts in 1956 where they raised their 3 children. Charlie began his Massachusetts law enforcement career at the Billerica House of Correction, then joined the Tyngsboro Police Dept. as a patrolman. He progressed through the ranks to become the Chief of Police and proudly served the Town of Tyngsboro until his retirement in 1997. He is preceded in death by his parents who immigrated from Greece, Chronis Chronopoulos and Sophia (Karathanasi), and brothers, Christopher Chronopoulos, and Theodore Chronopoulos. He is survived by his loving wife, Caroline Maxine Chronopoulos (Culp); his daughter, Charlene C. Chevalier (Brooksville, FL); his Sons, Charles C. Chronopoulos and wife Sandra (Hattenburg) of St. Petersburgh, FL; Christopher C. Chronopoulos and wife Nina (Betz) of Nashua, NH; his beloved grand-children, Aimee Lynn Chevalier (Brooksville, FL); Charles Christos Chronopoulos and his wife Corinne (Erickson) of Peterborough, NH; Joshua Taylor Chronopoulos and his wife Kristine (Costello) of Raleigh, NC; Chelsea Lynn Chronopoulos of Red Bank, NJ; and Ashley Caroline Chronopoulos of Virginia Beach, VA.; and his beloved great-grandsons, Alexander Michael Chevalier and Counsel Lawrence Chronopoulos. He has several nieces and nephews who have been a large part of his life and always very special to him. Visitation was on Oct. 21 at Dolan Funeral Home and the funeral service was held on Oct. 22 at Saint Philip Greek Orthodox Church, with interment at NH State Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated in Charlie’s memory to either: Saint Phillips Greek Orthodox Church of Nashua, NH; HPH Hospice of Brooksville, FL; or Samaritans Purse. Online guestbook at

AURORA, IL (from the Aurora Beacon News on Oct. 18) – William Dagiantis, 53, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, October 16 at Presence Mercy Center. He was born April 26, 1966 in Levidi, Greece, the son of Dena (Ziazias) Dagiantis and the late Stelios Dagiantis. Bill worked for many years at Comcast Media Company as a supervisor. Bill is survived by his mother, Dena (Ziazias) Dagiantis; sister, Kathy (Alex) Koustas; his niece, Dina (Spiros) Alikakos; his grandnephew, Demetri Alikakos; his grandniece, Maria Alikakos; his special friend, Annette Way; his uncle James Dagiantis and many cousins in the United States and in Greece. Visitation took place Sunday 3-8 pm October 20, at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl., Aurora, IL 60506. Funeral services were held October 21, at St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church.

GRAFTON, MA (from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, published on Oct. 19) – Elias E. ‘Louie’ Gatzogiannis, 88, a longtime Grafton resident, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Friday, October 18. Elias was born in Lia, Greece, the eldest of eight children, of Evangelos and Anastasia (Koukas) Gatzogiannis. Elias immigrated to the United States in Worcester at the age of 19. Five years later, he married the “love of his life” Gramany ‘GiGi’ Mantopoulos. They were happily married for 64 years. Elias and Gramany settled first in Worcester, later building their family home in North Grafton where they raised their family and enjoyed many years of happiness. Elias began his employed years as a baker for the Table Talk Pie company. He then realized his dream of owning his own business by founding Westside Pizza in Worcester, Athol House of Pizza in Athol, and finally the Grafton House of Pizza where he served the public and made many friends and longtime loyal customers. He is survived by his large, devoted family and friends who loved him dearly, his wife Gigi, his four children, Marianne Bellemare and her husband Barry of Paragould, Arkansas, Stephanie Ganas and her husband Stavros of Shrewsbury, Anastasia Gatzogiannis of North Grafton and Thomas Gatzogiannis and his wife Denise of Shrewsbury; five grandchildren who lovingly called him Papou, Spyridon Ganas and his wife Helen, Michael Ganas and his wife Melissa, Alexis Singh and her husband Daniel, John-Elias Gatzogiannis and his girlfriend Dominique, Andrew Gatzogiannis and his fiancée Haley; three great grandchildren, Lillian, Olivia and Dhylan Singh. Elias also leaves his five siblings, Demetrios ‘Jimmy’ Gatzogiannis of Wells, Maine, Vasiliki ‘Bessie’ Kyros and Ourania Stratis both of Worcester, Eleftheria Bouris of Natick and George Gatzogiannis of Orleans on Cape Cod, and two sisters who predeceased him. He also leaves many nieces, nephews and extended family members both here and in Greece. Elias was a member of St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, the Society Lioton of the United States, the Epirotic Society, the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts and the Singletary Rod and Gun Club. In Elias’s life, nothing was more important than his family – they always came first. He was a delightful man who cherished being a United States citizen and loved saying God Bless America. He found joy pursuing the American dream – building his businesses, raising his family, and finding peace hunting and fishing in the great American wilderness. Friends and relatives visited with the family on October 24th in the Mercadante Funeral Home & Chapel. The funeral will be held Friday, October 25 from the funeral home with a procession to St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church. The Reverend Chris Stamas conducted his Trisagion service at 4 PM Thursday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Gramany Gatzogiannis. Per his wishes, contributions will then be forwarded to the St. Panagia Church of Lia, Greece.

WASHINGTON, DC (from The Washington Post, published on Oct. 19) – Evangelia Heon, 94, a longtime resident of Washington, DC, passed away on October 17. Mrs. Heon immigrated to the United States from Greece in 1958 after marrying Peter C. Heon. Mrs. Heon was born in Voutiani, Greece, to parents Vasili and Ekaterini Kavellari, and was the youngest sibling to two brothers and three sisters. Her joy was her family. Mrs. Heon is survived by her devoted children Maria, Ecaterini, and Constantino (Tricia); and cherished grandchildren Artemis, Alexander, Peter, Andrew, Evangelia, and Christopher. She had many relatives in the Washington DC area. Mrs. Heon’s faith was very important to her, having been a member for many years at Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church and St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, both in Washington, DC. Mrs. Heon volunteered for and was a member of the Philoptochos Society for over 50 years, having been honored for her years of service there. For over 25 years she participated in the AHEPA organization, donating an annual scholarship award for graduating high school seniors in the Greek Community; she sponsored a Cypriot child in need for many years; she never forgot her roots, donating when her hometown in Greece needed funds for a new ambulance and home for the elderly. She also helped her church throughout her lifetime, and donated to various other charities and organizations that were close to her heart. Mrs. Heon inherited several responsibilities upon her husband’s death 40 years ago, serving as a principal landlord for the old Georgetown Theatre property, as well as the former Nathan’s Restaurant property in Georgetown. Her life was simple but filled with love for her family, thankful to God for her Church, and for her Greek community. Viewing was on October 20 at Joseph Gawler’s Sons and services were held on October 21 at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of donations to St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, or The Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.

DANVERS, MA (from the Syracuse Post Standard, published on Oct. 19) – Mrs. Vasiliki “Vicky” (Dimanidis) Iuanow, 77 of Danvers and Syracuse, NY, beloved wife of Stavros ‘Chris’ N. Iuanow, died October 14. Born in Prespa, Greece, she was the daughter of the late Alexandros and Sophia (Evangelithou) Dimanidis. She was a child of the ‘Pedomazoma’ when thousands of Greek children were taken from their parents during the Greek Civil War and spent years in the former Czechoslovakia and Poland before returning to Greece. Vasiliki emigrated to Syracuse, NY in 1964 after marrying her husband Stavros ‘Chris’ and made their home in Onondaga Hill. They raised three loving daughters, Sophia, Elaine, and Maria. She excelled in everything she did and always supported her family to achieve their dreams. She was creative and artistic and loved spending time with her grandchildren, designing clothes, baking, cooking, traveling, and gardening. Vasiliki was a long-time member of St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church in Syracuse, NY and was an active member of the Ladies Philoptochos Society. She was truly devoted to her family in every way. Whether it was assisting her husband in the success of their family business or encouraging her daughters to further their knowledge and education, she always had their wellbeing at the cornerstone of her heart. She was deeply loved and will be forever missed. Vasiliki is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, her daughters, Sophia Argeros and her husband Arthur of Lynnfield, Dr. Elaine Iuanow of Danvers, and Maria Moussouttas, Esq., and her husband, Dr. Michael of Mt. Laurel, N.J., her four beloved grandchildren, Alexander Argeros, and Victoria, Constantine and Christina Moussouttas and several nieces and nephews. Arrangements: Funeral services were privately held. A public memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Vasiliki Iuanow Memorial Scholarship Fund, C/O Citizens Bank, MA-137, 301 Newbury St., Danvers, MA 01923. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit

TEMPLE, PA (from the Reading Eagle Published on Oct. 19) – Eleni G. Kakalelis, 92, of Ontelaunee Township, passed away Wednesday, October 16 in Tower Health, Reading Hospital. Eleni was married for 63 loving years to Georgios O. Kakalelis. Born in Mytilini, Lesvos, Greece, she was the daughter of the late Harilaos and Athena (Allisaphou) Marmarou. Eleni is a member of Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church. Eleni was devoted to the Orthodox Christian Faith. Eleni enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, and crocheting. Eleni enjoyed singing and also writing and reciting poems. Eleni loved her family very much, they were an important part of her life. Additional survivors include a daughter, Angeliki, wife of Aristides Asimakopoulos, of Ontelaunee Twp. There are two grandchildren, Panayiotes Asimakopoulos and wife, Elena, and Georgias Asimakopoulos and wife, Brittany. There are two great-grandchildren, Aristides Asimakopoulos and Eleni Asimakopoulos. There are two siblings, Anna and George; and two deceased siblings, Constantine and Ioannis. A funeral service was held on 22 at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church with Reverend Father Theodore Petrides officiating. Flowers are welcome, or memorial contributions may be made to the church at the above address. The Milkins Giles Funeral Home Inc., in Temple, is entrusted with the funeral arrangements. Online condolences may be made at