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Stephen G. Yeonas Is Mourned by Washington, DC Community

The National Herald

The late Stephen Yeonas. (Photo by Leadership 100)

WASHINGTON, DC – Steven Yeonas, a prominent Greek-American businessman who was born and raised and lived his entire life as a Washingtonian, has fallen asleep in the Lord. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943-46 and when he returned from WW II he established the Yeonas Company in Arlington, VA with his three brothers, Gus, Jimmy, and Paul. He received a BS in Business Administration from American University in 1948 and a JD from Catholic University in 1967. He and his brothers spent the next two decades building and developing more than 14,000 quality homes that are the cornerstone of numerous neighborhoods and communities. By 1972, The Yeonas Company became the No. 1 builder of new homes in the Washington Metropolitan Area. At his induction into The National Homebuilder Association Hall of Fame, he said and believed that, "owning a home is the basic American Dream, basic to the security of our families, to the building of communities and ultimately, to our strength as a people and a nation." He also believed in giving back to the community, and in 1959, The Yeonas Company offered and eventually deeded acres of land to Vienna Little League to build George C. Yeonas Park, in honor of their father. Yeonas Park currently supports over 100 teams and 1,000 registered players who learn about the value of teamwork, sportsmanship, community, and environment. 

Proud of his Greek heritage, Steve was involved with many Greek charities and he supported the Greek Orthodox church. He is predeceased by his wife of 69 years, Thelma Stathopoulos Yeonas and is survived by two children, Stephanie (Richard) and Stephen (Elizabeth); five grandchildren, Rich (Kimberly), Jason (Kristen), Victoria, Patricia and Stephen; and six great-grandchildren, Mason, Madison, Abigail, Luke, Graham and William. Due to COVID-19, a private family service was held and the family hopes to have a celebration of his life at his one-year Memorial. 

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to The Greek Orthodox Retired Clergy Association, Attn: Father Eugene Pappas, 2732 East 19th St., Brooklyn, New York 11235.