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Chris J. Meskos

Chris J. Meskos, 43, of Syracuse, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017.

Born in Syracuse on May 26, 1973, he was graduate of West Genesee High School and St. Bonaventure University, where he was a member of the men's soccer team.

Chris was an avid snowboarder, loved to cook, especially Easter lamb on his motorized spit in the front yard, watching soccer, coaching his kids' teams, and being around his family and friends whom he loved like family. Chris was a member of St. Sophia's Greek Orthodox Church where he served as Parish Council President. He always looked forward to the Greek Festival every year, where he cooked, danced and loved watching his children carry on family traditions.

He was predeceased by his father, John and father in-law, Nick Papageorge. Surviving are his wife Penny (Papageorge); and their children, Joanna, Michael, and Nicole; his mother, Frieda; brother and sister-in-law, Nick and Karen Meskos; sister, Sophia Meskos; grandmother in Greece, Sophia Votskos; mother-in-law, Garyfallia Papageorge; and brothers and sisters-in-law, George and Laura Papageorge, Strati and Candace Papageorge.

Matoula Manos Nickles
Matoula Manos Nickles, 86, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 19, 2016. She was born in Gorista, Laconia, Greece, daughter of the late James and Helen Zaharis Manos and was the widow of George P. Nickles who died in 2007.

She came to the United States with her family in 1947 settling in Des Moines, Iowa. In 1957 she and George moved to Ithaca to become co-owners of Pop's Place, a favorite Cornell University eatery. More recently, she worked at the family business, Manos Diner, greeting the patrons of the diner with a friendly smile and building lasting friendships along the way. She was a long time member of St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church where she had served as the president of the Philoptochos Society and delighted many Ithacans with her signature pastry "kourambiedes."

A loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, godmother and friend, Matoula is survived by her daughter, Anna (John) Stavropoulos; her grandchildren, Georgina and Matoula Stavropoulos and Jory and Jamie Nickles and her treasured brother, Bill (Paulette) Manos.

Samuel Christopher Ford
Samuel Christopher Ford (6 lbs 10oz.) was born to Justin and DLouisa (Kontos) Ford on February 25th. 6 lbs 10oz. Samuel is the grandson of Demos and Louise Kontos.

Niko Kelman Laskaris
Athan and Jessica Laskaris announce the birth of their son, Niko Kelman Laskaris, on October 11th, 2016. Niko is the grandson of Peter and Helen Laskaris and Ken and Jane Johnson.

Samuel Joseph Laskaris
Stephen and Becky Laskaris are proud to announce the birth of their son Samuel Joseph Laskaris on November 12, 2016. The couple and their new son reside in Evanston, Illinois. Samuel is the grandson of Alex and Sarah Laskaris of Nashville, TN and Brian and Teresa Parker of Skokie, Illinois. Congratulations to Stephen and Becky.

Jack Thomas Moffett
Joan and John Zacharias welcomed their first grandchild on June 27, 2016.  Jack Thomas Moffett weighed in at 5 lb about 5 weeks early, but is healthy and thriving.  He has already made three trips to Pittsburgh from Houston, TX , to visit his Yia Yia and Papou!  We have been blessed as he provides so much joy.

Burlotos News
Athanasios Burlotos, son of Christie and Alex Burlotos and great grandson of Alex and Nikonia Laskaris, graduated with Honors from The Ohio State University with degrees in Chemical Biomolecular Engineering and Biology.  Athan plans to attend medical school next year.

Christian Burlotos finished his third year at The University of Notre Dame majoring in Civil Engineering.  In May he will tour Europe for 3 weeks with the ND Glee Club. Christian will be working in Seattle this summer for Kiewit, a multinational construction firm, before returning to South Bend for his senior year.
Elaina Burlotos is finishing her junior year at Revere High School in Richfield, OH.  Eliana is keeping very busy with school and playing plenty of lacrosse.  Eliana was named Division II First Team All Ohio in lacrosse.

John Zacharias Update
John Zacharias dearly misses his many friends from Tzintzina, and as most of you know, due to his Parkinson’s Disease, is unable to travel there in July.  We often show pictures and videos of conventions past, and he revels in these memories.  If you would like to drop him a card or note,  his address is as follows:

John Zacharias
Rm #321
Sunrise of Upper St Clair
500 Village Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15241

Stephanie Costianes Engaged
Stephanie Costianes and Matt McVay got engaged.

Patty C. Poulos

Patty C. Poulos, age 92, of Ithaca, NY, passed away on September 8, 2015. She was born on July 25, 1923 in Cortland, NY. She was the daughter of the late Stamata Zaharis Caroombas and the late Nicholas John Caroombas, owner of the Olympia Ice Cream and Candy store in Groton, NY. Her husband, the late Peter J. Poulos, was manager of the Olympia and was co-owner of Pop’s Place Restaurant, Ithaca, NY, from 1951 to 1973. She was a member of St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church and the Ladies Philoptochos Society of Ithaca, and the Tsintzina Society, Celeron, NY. She is survived by her children, Katherine (John) Van Markwyk and Nicholas Poulos, both of Syracuse, NY, Stella (Toula) Chronis of Auburn, NY and Father Seraphim Poulos of Roseland, NJ; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a grandson, Alex Poulos in 1999.

Nicholas Poulos

Nicholas Poulos, 73, of Syracuse, son of the late Patty Poulos and Peter Poulos, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on August 26 after a short illness. A US Air Force Veteran, Nick also obtained three Master’s degrees and was Emeritus Professor and Department Chairperson of Human Services at Onondaga Community College. Nick was predeceased by his son, Alex Poulos. He is survived by his daughter, Beth Poulos Etuale, of Syracuse, and his three beloved grandchildren, Jadon, Kaia and Alia, who were the light of his life. He loved the outdoors, kayaking and swimming with is grandchildren.

Constance V. Pappas 

Constance V. Pappas passed away on March 24, 2017 at the age of 83. Constance went by several names over her lifetime but was most fondly known as “Yia Yia” to her large and devoted family and many friends.
Constance was born in Chicago, Illinois on March 29, 1933.
A lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, Constance was thrilled to celebrate her first World Series victory. She enjoyed attending fitness classes into her 80’s, playing cards with her friends, arguing about sports and politics, cooking, and most of all her family.
Her legacy lives on in: her children, John (Teresa) Pappas, Venetia (Jimmy) Roumbos, Antigone (Brian) Wojtas, Louis (Margot) Pappas, and Thomas Pappas; her grandchildren, Thomas Pappas, Dina LaMarche, Johno Pappas, Anna Rachford, Jaqueline Pappas, Angeline Pappas, Louis Pappas, Gina Taglianetti, T.J. Pappas, Pauline Pappas, Michael Pappas, Jack Schultz, Christina Schultz, Nick Wojtas, and Andrew Wojtas; her growing number of great-grandchildren, Ava Pappas, Sontino Damiano, Giovanni Damiano, Eleanor Constance LaMarche, John LaMarche, and Machiavelli Taglianetti; and many much beloved nieces and nephews of the Ventouras, Nickles, and Papaioannou families.
Constance is predeceased by and now joins: her husband, Thomas Pappas; her parents, Louis and Venetia Virginia Nickles; and her brothers, Peter L. Nickles and Nick L. Nickles.

Nicholas P. Costianes

Nicholas P. Costianes, age 88 of Indianapolis, Indiana, formerly of Albion, quietly passed away Dec. 10, 2016. He was born Sept. 19,1928 in Batavia, new York to Peter J and Katherine J. (Comuntzis) Costianes. He married Frances B. Face on Aug. 26, 1951 and she preceded him in death on April 5, 2014.
Nick graduated from high school in New Concord, Ohio in 1947. After serving two years in the Navy, he held various jobs prior to joining the Albion Recorder in 1957. After 31 years, mostly serving as advertising manager, he continued to work in advertising sales at Salesman Publications from 1988 until his retirement in June 2004 at the age of 75.
Nick served on Albion City Council for the 4th Precinct from 1968-1972. Nick was an active member at Holy Ascension Orthodox Church where he held several offices and directed the choir. More recently, he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Albion and has served on their Board of Sessions.
He is survived by three daughters, Pauline Costianes of Westland, Michigan; Christine Costianes (Mary Rice) of Indianapolis, Indiana; Kathleen Costianes of Seminole, Florida; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a few cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Frances, five brothers and four sisters.

Constantine Peter (“Dean”) Manos

Mr. Constantine Peter (“Dean”) Manos, son of the late Peter and Ourania (Alexis) Manos, passed away at the age of 92, on November 15, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, after a lengthy illness. His parents had emigrated from the Tsintzina region of Greece several years earlier and ultimately settled in Erie. Dean was the youngest of their 3 children, born on Oct 19, 1924.
He served his country in World War II, joining the Army Air Corps, where he served from 1942-1945. Following the war, Dean attended Gannon College in Erie, receiving his B.A. Degree in Arts and Humanities in 1949.
Dean was married to the former Judith Towsley from 1973-1981. Upon their marriage, Dean moved to Ann Arbor, where he lived for the remainder of his life, and was active in the Ann Arbor business and social community. His favorite activities including attending University of Michigan sporting events, especially football games in the “Big House”, and playing golf with his friends and family. Dean was a lifelong member of the Tsintzina Society, and was a yearly participant in the annual reunion events in Jamestown, NY.
Dean was preceded in death by his parents, as well as his sister Sophia. He will be remembered by those who knew him best: His brother Nick, nephew Peter and wife Kass, their children Nicholas, David and Melissa, all of Eden Prairie MN, and several godsons. There will be a celebration of his life on July 27, 2017, at Ricardo’s Restaurant in Erie, where family and friends are welcome.



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