Obituaries in Greek-American Community


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BARRIS, ANGELO ST. PETERSBURG, FL (from the Tampa Bay Times, published on Nov. 14) – Angelo Barris, 91, of St. Petersburg, passed away Monday, November 12, 2018. He was born in Crete, Greece. Angelo is survived by his wife of 58 years, Aphrodite; daughter, Sandra (Dan) Johnson; son, John (Wendy) Barris; grandchildren, Christina, Michael and Joseph. Visitation will be held at Memorial Park Funeral Thursday, November 15 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm with Trisagion at 7 pm. Funeral mass will be held at 10 am, Friday, November 16 at St. Stefanos Greek Orthodox Church, 3600 76th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33710. In lieu of flowers, donations in Angelo's memory may be made to St. Stefanos. Memorial Park Funeral Home.

BOUREKAS, SPIROS FITCHBURG, MA (from the Sentinel & Enterprise, published on Nov. 13) – Spiros G. “Spike” Bourekas, 91, of Fitchburg, passed away peacefully in his home on November 12, 2018. Spike was born in Northern Epirus, Greece on June 19, 1927. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1947, and after becoming a naturalized citizen, joined the U.S. Army. He proudly served his country during the Korean War until his honorable discharge in 1952. For several years, Spike worked as an auditor for the IRS and in the early 1960's, began running his father's business, George's Hot Dog Stand. He owned and operated the stand for over 20 years, until his retirement. Upon retirement, Spike enjoyed spending his winters in Florida and traveling with his wife, Nancy, and his son, Gregory. He was an avid reader who enjoyed discussing politics and reminiscing. With his father George being one of the co-founders of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Spike was very active within the church and eventually became president of the Men's Club in the 1970's. Spike was a man of great faith and will be missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his two grandsons, Matthew Bourekas and Alexander Bourekas, both of Ashburnham. Spike was predeceased by his wife Nancy (Lastella) Bourekas in March 2018, and his son Gregory Bourekas in May 2018. Calling hours will be held in Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1319 Main St., Fitchburg on Wednesday, November 14, from 9:30-11:00 am. The funeral service will begin at 11:00am. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1319 Main St., Fitchburg, MA 01420.

GEORGIADIS, EVANGELIA (from the Union Leader, published on Nov. 14) – EvangeliaGeorgiadis, 98, died November 12, 2018 at her home following a brief illness. She was born in Zouzoli, Kastoria, Greece on March 4, 1920. She loved people, she was always very active, enjoyed gardening, going for walks and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, SoteriosGeorgiadis. Family members include two children, Artemis Lazos and her husband, Panagiotis, James Georgiadis and his wife, Soultana, grandchildren, Spiros Lazos and his wife, Alison, Vasilios and his wife, Callaway, Joanna Guarracino and her husband, Joseph, Evangelia Cardoza and her husband, Keith, SoteriosGeorgiadis, great grandchildren, Peter, Thomas and George Lazos, Loukas and EvangeliaLazos, Sylvia and Leonardo Guarracino and Jordan Cardoza. A calling hour will take place on Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 10 am to 11 am with the Trisagion service at 10:30 am in the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 111 Island Pond Rd. The funeral service will follow at 11 am in the church. Committal prayers will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Brown Ave. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Evangelia's name to the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 111 Island Pond Rd., Manchester NH 03109. J.N. Boufford& Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. For more information and online guestbook please visit

HRONIS, CHRISTINE PALMER TOWNSHIP, PA (from The Express Times, published on Nov. 15) – Christine "Hrisavghi" Hronis, 95, of Palmer Twp., PA, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at home. Born July 17, 1923, in Greece, she was a daughter of the late Anastasia (Hadgidemitriou) and TriandafiloHadgistavrou. She had been employed by S & H Sportswear until 1969 and was the co-owner with her husband, Peter, of Pete's Steak Shop, now Palmer Diner and Forks Diner. She was a member of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church and was affectionately known to many as Mama and Yiayia. Christine enjoyed cooking, sewing, going to Hess's/Bon Ton at the Palmer Park Mall, and family events. She had a great love of spending time with her grandchildren. The highlight of her year was attending the wedding of Christina and Richie. Christine will always be with us in spirit. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Peter Hronis; her son, William Hronis and his wife, Tammy, of Palmer Twp.; a sister, SyrmoSaroglou of Middletown, NY; two grandchildren, Christina Capitano and her husband, Richie, and Peter Hronis, and nieces and nephews. Services are at 11 a.m., Monday, in Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 319 S. 20th St., Wilson, with visitation from 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday, in the church. Interment is in Northampton Memorial Shrine. The Ashton Funeral Home, Easton, is handling arrangements. The family recognizes the staff of Lehigh Valley Hospice/Homecare for the comfort, care, and tenderness given to Christine. Also, the family wishes to thank all the family members and friends who came to visit Christine to furnish thoughts, prayers, and food. Memorial contributions may be made to Annunciation Philoptochos, c/o 319 S. 20th St., Easton, PA 18042. Offer online condolences at Ashton Funeral Home 1337 Northampton St. Easton, PA 18042, (610) 253-4678.

PLAVOUKOS, VOULA LIVERPOOL, NY (from the Syracuse Post Standard, published on Nov. 6) – Voula (Kaloskambis) Plavoukos, 86, of Liverpool, went home on All Saints Day, which is fitting as she could have told you about the passion and sacrifices made by each one of them. She reflected upon and lived her last days without fear or complaint and with a cheerful heart instead and that is because she had always equated death with "changing our clothes". Born in Piraeus, Greece, Voula came to the United States to visit her sister Antonia. When she stepped off the ship in Manhattan where she would meet a charismatic quintessential New Yorker, her future husband John. She mentioned that her favorite singer was Nat King Cole for "if the human heart had a voice it would be his." So, John and Voula took their seats at the best table in the house at Gatsby's to see and hear all Voula's favorite songs. After they were married, Voula and John moved their young family to Syracuse where John's brothers, Phil and George, had already made a name for themselves in the restaurant business. In 1974, Voula and John introduced fine Greek cuisine to Syracuse when they opened the Poseidon Restaurant in the Regency Tower on James Street and for the next 17 years they entertained thousands of guests including opera star, Luciano Pavarotti, All in the Family actress, Jean Stapleton, Batman movie producer, Peter Gruber, U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, NYS Governor Mario Cuomo, NYC Mayor John Lindsay and of course, their beloved friend, Syracuse Mayor Lee Alexander. After her husband's death, Voula divided her remaining happy years between Athens, Syracuse, and Los Angeles. She was predeceased by her beloved sister, Antonia Gutow and survived by her sons, Lee and James of Liverpool and Spero (Cassandra) of Los Angeles; grandchildren, John of Liverpool, Nikolas and Zoi of Los Angeles; her niece, Nassia (Lorenzo) Gabrielle of Geneva, Switzerland; two nephews, YiannisGutow of Ft. Lauderdale and Spencer (Marie) Plavoukos of North Syracuse, along with many other beloved nieces and nephews throughout the world. A funeral service in celebration of Voula's life will take place on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) in St. Sophia's Greek Orthodox Church, 325 Waring Rd., Syracuse, NY 13224. Entombment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery Mausoleum. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Thomas J. Pirro Jr. Funeral Home. Words of comfort may be expressed at "Family owned" 315-451-9500.

REMPAS, CHRIS CHICAGO, IL (from the Chicago Tribune, published on Nov. 6) – Chris S. Rempas, age 84, of St. Constantine, Tripoli Greece, passed away on Saturday, November 3, 2018. Devoted son of the late Sarantos &Diamanto, nee Limberopulos, Rempas. Dear brother of the late Theodore (Penelope) Rempas, the late Nicoletta (the late Minas) Vitogiannis, the late Theodora (Bill) Lazaropoulos, the late John (Dina) Rempas, the late Bill Rempas, Gregoria (the late Chris) Patrinos and fond uncle of many nieces and nephews and their families. Chris, a proud Veteran of the U.S. Army, served in Germany during the Korean War. Visitation Wednesday, November 7, 2018 from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home located at 6150 N. Cicero Avenue in Chicago. Trisagion service begins at 5:00 p.m. Family and friends will meet Thursday morning, November 8, 2018 at St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, 5649 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago IL 60660 for funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Interment Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church or Greek American Rehabilitation & Care Centre, 220 N. First Street, Wheeling, IL 60090. Arranged by John G. Adinamis Funeral Director, Ltd. For more information please call 773-736-3833.

STATHATOS, PANAGIOTIS CENTRAL FALLS, RI (from The Pawtucket Times, published on Nov. 14) – Panagiotis "Peter" Stathatos, 90, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 12, 2018. He was the beloved husband of Eleni "Helen" Stathatos (Marnelakis). Peter was born in the village of Valsamata, on the island of Kefalonia, Greece, to the late Damianos and HarinoulaStathatos (Niforatos). In his youth he served with pride in the Greek Navy and then with the Merchant Marines of Greece, where his travels took him around the world to Costa Rica, Peru, Italy, Great Britain, Australia, and Canada, where he finally settled. Peter met his wife, Eleni, in the Greek community of Montreal, Canada, and they wed in 1959. They began their family, and then emigrated to Rhode Island in 1968 where he was employed as a machine specialist by the Siegel Lace Corporation followed by Providence Braid Corporation for over 40 years. Peter was a longtime parishioner of Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Pawtucket, RI, and with great joy and pride he helped with church festivals and other events; and a prior member of the Order of AHEPA. Peter was a kind, gentle, and thoughtful soul. He loved everyone, always had a smile on his face, and kind words to share. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, most especially with his grandchildren who adored him. Peter will be missed but never forgotten by his wife, Eleni; by his three daughters, Dina Platsidakis and her husband, Michael; ArgiroBitsakis and her husband, Nick; and Harinoula Martins and her husband, Jose; by his five wonderful grand- children, Maria, Loukas, Ellie, Angelina, and Cristiano; and many nieces and nephews. He is further survived by his brother, Spiros Stathatos, of Canada and Angelo Stathatos of Australia. He was the brother of the late Stathis, George, Gerasimos and DionysiosStathatos, Constantina Grigoratosand Sofia Galiatsatos. Relatives and friends are welcome to attend Services on Friday at 11am at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 97 Walcott St., Pawtucket, Rhode Island, followed by interment at Walnut Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday 4 to 7pm at the William W. Tripp Funeral Home, 1008 Newport Ave., Pawtucket. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Building Fund of the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church.