Obituaries in Greek-American Community


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BALOURIS, HELEN PITTSBURGH, PA (from the Butler Eagle, published on Sept. 3) – Helen C. Balouris, 92, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on Saturday, August 31. She was born July 3, 1927, in Braddock, to Christ and Maria Stambolis. Helen is survived by her devoted husband of 62 years, Anthony Balouris. She is also survived by her children, Dr. Christ (Kathy) Balouris, Paula (Gerri) Valliant, Presvytera Maria (the Rev. Philemon) Patitsas, Dr. Constantine (Diane) Balouris, Dr. Sondra Balouris (Dr. Clifford Brubaker) and Athena (Munish) Grover, as well as a nephew, Christos Georgiou from Greece, who lived with the family for many years. Helen is also survived by her 15 grandchildren, Marielena, Antonios, Yanni, Eleni, Maria, Alexandra, Anna, Nicholas, Eleni, Markella, Anthony, Elaina, Demetrios, Nicholas, and Chrysanthi, three great-grandchildren, Georgiana, Maria and Nikolas; and a large extended family of nieces and nephews, both here and in Greece. She also is survived by her sister, Theodora Stambolis. A lifelong Pittsburgh Pirates fan, Helen was known for her engaging personality, elegant style, and unwavering love and devotion to her family. She helped her husband, Anthony, with the family business, the Bellevue Restaurant, for 38 years. An active member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Helen was involved with many of the philanthropic, social, and community activities of the parish. In her later years, she worked at Balouris Eye Center, where her pleasant voice and cheerful disposition touched patients and staff. Helen was preceded in death by her daughter, Alexandra; her brothers, Angelo and Gus Stambolis; and her sisters, Sophia Libbos and Alice Tzanetakos. A special thanks to her caregivers, Katina and Robin. Friends were received from 2 to 8 PM Monday and from 10 AM until the time of the funeral service at 11 AM Tuesday at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 985 Providence Blvd., Pittsburgh. Arrangements by Simon Funeral Home, Pittsburgh. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Holy Trinity Capital Campaign Fund.

KASTANIS, JOHN MANAHAWKIN, NJ (from the Asbury Park Press, published on Sept. 4) – John Kastanis, 72 of Manahawkin, passed away Saturday, August 31. John owned and operated Captain John's Restaurant in Ship Bottom for 43 years, retiring in 2014. Born and raised in Greece, he came to the United States and lived in Paterson. In 1972, he moved to the Ocean County area and lived in Long Beach Island and Manahawkin. John is survived by his son George Kastanis; daughters Pandora Kastanis and Maria Surace; and his cherished grandson Gabriel Surace. Services were held at St. Barbara's Greek Orthodox Church of Toms River. Visiting with the family was held at the church on Sept. 5 until the start of the funeral service. Condolences may be left by visiting

LIAMOS, PANTELIS MENTOR, OH (from The News-Herald, published on Sept. 4) – Pantelis ‘Pete’ Liamos, 85, of Mentor, died Sunday, September 1 at Lake West Medical Center in Willoughby. He was born May 10, 1934, in Nestorio, Greece. Mr. Liamos worked as a chef at the Geneva Inn. He was an avid gardener who loved flowers. Survivors are his wife, Vasiliki Liamos; daughters, Thomae ‘Tammy’ Liamos, and Mary (Keith) Hocevar; grandson, Theron; and his siblings, Zoetsa and Bobby Liamos. He was preceded in death by his parents, Kosmas and Thomae Liamos. The family received friends on September 5 at the Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home. The funeral service was held September 6 at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox in Cleveland Heights, OH 44118. Interment will be at Knollwood Cemetery. Send flowers and offer condolences at:

MILATOS, IRENE TALLAHASSEE, FL (from the Tallahassee Democrat, published on Sept. 6) – Irene K. Milatos, 85, of Tallahassee, passed away Wednesday, September 4 at her home. The service was held at September 7 at Holy Mother of God Greek Orthodox Church. Gifts in memory of Mrs. Milatos may be made to Holy Mother of God Greek Orthodox Church, 1645 Phillips Road, Tallahassee, FL 32308. A native of Kalymnos, Greece, she was born December 4, 1933 to Emmanuel and Katherine Koutroulli. She came to the United States in 1962 and spent many years in Perry, before moving to Tallahassee 14 years ago. She received a Masters of Theology and Religion from the University of Athens. Mrs. Milatos was an enthusiastic volunteer in the cafeteria at Casa Calderon Apartments, where she lived. Survivors include her daughter Cathy M. Collins, and her husband Frank D. Collins, Jr.; her brother George Koutroulli of Kalymnos; and her grandson Dylan Collins of Tallahassee. Rocky Bevis of Bevis Funeral Home of Tallahassee ( is assisting the family with their arrangements.

MORRIS, KATHRYN BOLTON, CT (from The Hartford Courant, published on Sept. 8) – Kathryn ‘Kay’ Morris, 89, of Bolton, CT, passed away peacefully at St. Francis Hospital on August 30. Kay was born to the late Charles and Theresa (Kopteros), who emigrated to the U.S. from Greece. She leaves behind her loving sister Marcena Morris, with whom she shared her life. Marcie will miss her very much. Kay is also survived by several nieces and a nephew, grandnieces and grandnephews, as well as many cousins and special friends. She is predeceased by her brothers Peter and George Morris. After working many years, Kay retired from United Technologies. Her love for travel has taken her to every continent! She was an avid skier and one could always find her outside, either swimming or exercising in her pool, and working in her gardens/yard. The family would like to express their gratitude to the ICU at St. Francis for their attentiveness and compassion. The funeral was held 11 on September 10 at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Hartford. Memorial contributions may be made to the church. Please visit to share a memory with the family.

ROUTSIS, PATROKLOS VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (from The Virginian Pilot, published on Sept. 5) – On Tuesday, September 3 Patroklos ‘Pete’ Yiannis Routsis, 74, passed away in his home surrounded by loved ones. Pete was born on November 19, 1944 in Mahala, Agrinion Greece. He married his wife, Katerina in 1970 and they later moved to the United States where they raised their four sons John, Victor, Nick and Bill. Pete started his career in the restaurant industry in Fayetteville, NC and quickly advanced to opening his own restaurant, Four Brothers in Chesapeake, VA. Pete's four sons proudly continued their father's legacy in starting their own restaurants, in Midlothian, VA and Norfolk, VA. Pete is survived by his wife, Katerina, his four sons John, Victor, Nick and Bill, two daughter- in- laws, Magda and Sarah and five grandchildren, Patrick, Katerina, Nicoletta, Stella and Despina. He is also survived by his five siblings who reside in Greece, as well as many extended family members in the United States. A Trisagion service was held at HD Oliver Funeral Apartments on September 8 and the funeral service followed on September 9 at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Norfolk. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in his memory be made to the Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters at\support-us\donate\. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road Chapel is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be offered to the family at

SIALMAS, ROSALINE DUTCHESS JUNCTION, NY (from the Poughkeepsie Journal, published on Sept. 4) – Rosaline ‘Loula’ Sialmas passed away on September 1 with her family by her side. Loula was born on October 16, 1932 in Granitsa, Greece to Chrysanthe and John Gianopoulos. She came to the United States in 1951 with her brother, Mike and settled in West Virginia. Loula later married her husband, George on February 20, 1955 and moved to New York. She made her home in Dutchess Junction and became a United States citizen in 1957. Loula had a wonderful sense of humor and a big heart. She was loved by all who knew her. Loula loved to bake and would make hundreds of cookies each year for the Greek Festivals, first in Poughkeepsie and later in Newburgh. She was predeceased by her beloved son, Nicholas Sialmas; her brother, Mike Gianopoulis; and her sister, Koula and brother-in-law, Christos Pavlos. She is survived by her husband, George Sialmas; daughters, Christina and son-in-law, Erick Mercado and Georgia Patchen and beloved grandson, Michael; sister, Eleni and brother-in-law, John Anemelos; sisters-in-law Soula Gianopoulos, Marianthi and Stamatios Soultanis; nieces, Eleni Soultanis and husband, Joel Diaz, Vaso and Elias Kolovos; nephews, Jimmy and Kelly Gianopoulos, Phillip and Jackee Gianopoulos, John and Marge Gianopoulos, John and Donna Pavlos, Nick and Eleni Anemelos, Chris and Kitty Anemelos, Spiro and Aleka Pavlos, Nikos and Myrto Sialmas; brothers-in-law, Kostas and Lukia Sialmas, Vasili Sialmas; cousin, Bill Filippou and numerous loving nieces and nephews. Family and friends gathered on September 5 at Riverview Funeral Home by Halvey and the Trisagion Service and Funeral services were held on September 6 at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church of Newburgh. Memorial donations in memory of Loula may be made to either St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, PO Box 2004, Newburgh, NY 12550 or to Hudson Valley Hospice, 374 Violet Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. To send a personal condolence please visit Funeral arrangements are under the care of Patrick J. Halvey of Riverview Funeral Home by Halvey, LLC.