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James Bendo

January 25, 2024

Jim Bendo

James Dimitri Bendo died peacefully surrounded by his family on January 25th.  He was born 9-4-1940 in Philadelphia, Pa.  He is predeceased by his mother and father, Klanthi and Kosta Bendo of Albania, his brother Pascal and sister Pandora. He was a graduate of Temple university and worked 42 years at Boeing. James was a very kind, gentle, intelligent, funny, and respectful man.  He loved his friends, his church, the Phillies, horse racing and travel.  But most of all he loved his family.  James held many titles in his life from engineer to sports enthusiast; but his favorite role was being a father and grandfather.  He was a devoted, loving, husband of Paula “Cokos” for 57 years. Loved by his children Alexandra (Robert) Fiss, Marc (Christi), and Andre (Christine) and grandchildren Andrew, Kevin, Caroline, Liam, Madeline, Aidan, Lauren and Allison.

Friends and family are welcome to attend his viewing from 11am to 12 noon, Tuesday, 1-30-2024, at St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church 237 N. 17th St. Philadelphia, PA 19103.  His funeral service will take place at noon in the church.  His interment will follow the funeral service in Fernwood Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to the church.


Tuesday January 30, 2024 – 11:00 am viewing at St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox 237 N. 17th Street, Philadelphia, Pa 19103

                                             12:00 pm Funeral Service followed by

                                             Interment at Fernwood Cemetery

Viktor Shyti

January 15, 2024


January 21, 1941 — January 15, 2024

Viktor Shyti, age 82, of Upper Darby, PA, passed away on January 15, 2024.

Born in Berat, Albania, he was the son of the late Vangjel and Haritini (née Valle) Shyti and brother of late Kristafgji, Theodhor and Llukan Shyti.

Viktor was a graduate of Polytechnic University of Tirana, School of Engineering, in Albania, Class of 1966. Upon graduation, he worked as an electrical engineer in city of Gramsh for 8 years. Subsequently, he joined the high school of mechanical and electric as a faculty member in the city of Korca Albania.  In 1996, Viktor immigrated to the United States and was then employed with CitySteel in Claymont, DE until his retirement in 2007.

Viktor was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.  One of his favorite passtimes was playing a good game of chess and spending time with his family and friends.

Viktor was the beloved husband of Theodhora (née Minka) Shyti of 55 years; the loving father of Rafael Shyti (Eranda) and Eleni Gkoulis (Petros).  He was the proud grandfather of Victor Shyti, Elliot C. Shyti, Anna Gkoulis, and Violeta Gkoulis.

Relatives and friends are invited to his Viewing, Friday evening, January 19, 2024, 5:00 to 7:00 PM at The Donohue Funeral Home, 3300 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA  19073, 610-353-6300, and on Saturday morning, January 20, 2024, 10:00 – 11:00 AM at St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church, 237 N. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA  19103, followed by his Funeral Mass, 11:00 AM. Interment Arlington Cemetery, Drexel Hill, PA.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Viktor’s memory would be appreciated to:  St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church, 237 N. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA  19103.
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Friday, January 19, 2024

5:00 – 7:00pm (Eastern time)

Donohue Funeral Home – Newtown Square

3300 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA 19073


Saturday, January 20, 2024

10:00 – 11:00am (Eastern time)

St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church

237 N 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102



Saturday, January 20, 2024

12:45 – 1:45pm (Eastern time)


William Rubis

January 10, 2024

+William T. Rubis 1937 – 2024

William “Bill” Thomas Rubis, the son of Naum “Thomas” Rubis and Margarita Rubis, was born and raised in Philadelphia. He went on to complete West Philadelphia High School and volunteered for the US Army 1958-1960, serving as part of the Honor Guard for the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe based in Paris. He earned a degree in Industrial Management from La Salle University while playing basketball and subsequently working for Philco on their part in the “Minuteman” missile program. He went on to manage restaurants for Howard Johnson’s, eventually owning with partners the Oregon Diner and the M&R Diner in succession. Selling his investments in the restaurants, he went on to a second career with the Internal Revenue Service. His sharp eyes and excellent mathematical skills were put to good use by the agency to check the accuracy of the calculations and determinations of his co-workers.

A multi-talented man who could prepare a five-star meal, paint a house, or make successful investment decisions, Bill Rubis was above all else a sincere man of the Orthodox faith, dedicated to his extended family, and caring for his mother Margarita until her falling asleep in the Lord at the age of 101. He was pre-deceased by his parents and his sister Sophie. He was a truly generous man to the Orthodox Churches, a loving son and brother, a special “Xhaxhi Billi,” and a reliable friend to many. He will be truly mourned and missed by his family (and their spouses) brothers, John (Virginia) and Christopher, nephews and niece, Gregory (Sharon), Diana, Andrew (Ekaterina), Paul, and John (Diane), grandnephews and grandnieces, Isaak, Ilia, Marena, Gabriela, Emily, and Ethan.

The rite of burial will be held at the Albanian Orthodox Church of St. John Chrysostom, 237 N. 17th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103 on Wednesday, the 17th of January, 2024 at 11:00 AM. The service will be preceded by the viewing and visitation hour from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Fr. Kai, Fr. Gregory, and Fr. Andrew will serve together. The funeral will conclude in the Mausoleum at Fernwood Cemetery.



January 17, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church
237 North 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103


Funeral Service

January 17, 2024

11:00 AM
St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church
237 North 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103


Entombent Following Funeral Service

January 17, 2024

Fernwood Cemetery, Lansdowne, Pa
6501 Baltimore Avenue
Lansdowne, PA 19050

+Very Reverend Arthur Evans Liolin

September 28, 2023


June 1943 – September 2023

The Very Reverend Arthur Evans Liolin died peacefully September 28, 2023 in Quincy, Massachusetts in the presence of his family.

Serving as Chancellor of the Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese in America for over a half century, Fr. Liolin was known widely in his extended community for his diplomacy as well as his kind, loving presence in service to his ministry, his congregation at Saint George Cathedral of Boston, and the broader Albanian and Albanian-American communities.

Born and raised in Jamaica Estates, Queens, New York, Arthur played accordion as a youth, and was an accomplished organist at Saint Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church. His dedication to the Albanian Archdiocese began at an early age when he and his brother, beloved departed Archbishop Nikon, took their lessons in service from their parents Evans, (a founder of St. Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church of New York, and founder of the Theological Student Fund of the Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese) and Helena (former Choir Director at St. Nicholas). Arthur graduated Jamaica High School where he swam and became co-captain/city champion on the rifle team, but was particularly devoted to his science projects. After studying music performance at Julliard, Arthur fueled his passion for medicine at Sloan Kettering which inspired his eventual pre-med studies at Princeton University. During these bright college years, he traveled to Europe, studying at the Albert Schweitzer College in Switzerland. While overseas, he visited Anatolia, and traveled through Turkey where he bought and rode a horse into Greece. He visited a monastery atop Mt. Athos, explored Macedonia and other Balkan countries, where he met with Albanian speaking peoples, and cultivated his appreciation of Byzantine Orthodox Art. Upon his return to the United States, Arthur changed his focus from pre-med to Art History and Religion, became an award-winning painter, and subsequently graduated from Princeton, Summa Cum Laude, a proud member of the Class of 1967. In the summer of 1970, he married Margaret Ann Becker, and soon thereafter, was ordained a priest by Bishop Stephen Lasko.

In his more than fifty years of service to the Church, Fr. Liolin lovingly guided and counseled members of his home congregation through baptisms, weddings, funerals, weekly liturgies and the services of the liturgical year. His weekly sermons educated and inspired churchgoers, stimulating deep personal contemplation and spiritual inquiry. He offered a modern-day investigation of personal ethics, traditional values, and cultivated a genuine sense of community and cultural belonging in a changing world.

In addition to his pastoral duties, Fr. Liolin served as the institutional historian of the Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese, holding nearly twenty offices including founder of the Fan S. Noli Library and Cultural Center, and founding President of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship at Princeton. He held membership in religious, ethnic and spiritual societies including the Appeal of Conscience Foundation and the American Association of the United Nations. During the 1980s and 1990s, in the absence of a bishop, Fr. Liolin served as de facto spiritual leader. His service to the Church extended far beyond the Cathedral walls to the global Albanian community, where Fr. Liolin ably represented the Archdiocese to the outside world.

In 1988, 1989 and 1991, Fr. Liolin visited Albania three times. He became the first clergyman to officially enter formerly communist Albania since the closing of all houses of worship in 1967.

During his visit in 1991, after the fall of communism, he effectively reintroduced Christianity after a quarter century without religion, baptizing Albanians who had longed for their right to worship. He helped foster religious freedom and democratic change at public gatherings, creating opportunity for worship in twenty-two cities, towns and villages which drew up to forty thousand people on numerous occasions. During this missionary, medical and humanitarian visit to Albania, he joined an ecumenical group in Tirana, Albania which was the first such initiative by the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, meeting with Orthodox, Catholic, Muslim and Bektashi leaders only recently permitted freedom of worship. In 1992, he was received by the President of Albania, Parliamentary leaders, Foreign Ministry, the Academy of Sciences, Ministry of Justice and numerous cultural and non-governmental organizations to foster constitutional reform.

In the U.S., Fr. Liolin worked with American and Albanian government officials, encouraging the restoration of diplomatic relations after a fifty-year hiatus. He received delegations from Albania and Kosova representing their Ministries of Health, Education, Banking, Monuments, Culture, National Archive, and leaders of independent labor unions. In addition to other dignitaries, he was received by Pope John Paul II and Mother Theresa and welcomed visiting artists, authors, scholars, and musicians to St. George Cathedral. As founding chairman of Albanian Humanitarian Aid, he guided the acculturation of new immigrant arrivals and served as consultant to varied educational, religious and historical foundations.

In addition to these widely known contributions to the local and global Albanian communities, Father Liolin penned over two dozen articles and essays in celebration and study of the Albanian people, and contributed to over forty-five conferences including a symposium at Harvard University and Perestroika Day at the Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, Massachusetts. Fr. Liolin held or received over twenty awards and scholarships, including an award for his abstract impressionist painting, Outstanding Senior Thesis at Princeton and the Rotary Award for service to the community.

Fr. Arthur enjoyed raising his children in Wollaston and Milton, Massachusetts. He is survived by his beloved family: his wife, Prifteresha Margaret Liolin; his children Evans and Elena Liolin, Emily Liolin and her husband Mark Owens; his grandchildren Nathaniel and Ella Carroll and Vivian Owens; his brother James Liolin, along with many cherished nieces, nephews and extended family.

Wake and Funeral Services will be held Friday, October 6th & 7th.

Those who wish to pay their respects to Fr. Arthur and his family can do so in the Saint George Albanian Orthodox Cathedral, 523 East Broadway, SOUTH BOSTON, MA 02127 on Friday, October 6th with Visitation from 1pm until 5pm.
Funeral Services will be held at 5pm with additional viewing until 7pm.

Family and friends are welcome to gather and celebrate Fr. Arthur’s life to remember the love and friendship he shared with others on Saturday, October 7th with a Viewing from 9am until 10am, and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at 10am.
Burial will follow at Forest Hills Cemetery.

Luncheon for clergy, immediate family, and invited guests to follow at Alba in Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Father Arthur’s memory to Saint George Albanian Orthodox Cathedral or to the “Arthur Liolin ’67 Memorial Fund for Student Financial Aid” at Princeton University.

Service Details





Friday, October 6th, 2023 1:00pm – 7:00pm


Saint George Albanian Orthodox Cathedral


523 East Broadway

South Boston, Massachusetts

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Second Visitation



Saturday, October 7th, 2023 9:00am – 10:00am


Saint George Albanian Orthodox Cathedral


523 East Broadway

South Boston, Massachusetts

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Funeral Service on FRIDAY October 6th at 5PM




Saturday, October 7th, 2023 10:00am


Saint George Albanian Orthodox Cathedral


523 East Broadway

South Boston, Massachusetts

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Forest Hills Cemetery


95 Forest Hills Avenue

Boston – Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

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Harry Mallios

September 14, 2023


Dr. Harry Mallios
February 10, 1927 – September 14, 2023
Matthews, North Carolina – Dr. Harry C. Mallios passed away peacefully of natural causes at age 96 on Thursday, September 14, 2023 in Matthews North Carolina. He was born and raised in Philadelphia PA. where he attended Villanova University and also played for the Olney Vets football team in the 1940s after serving in the United States Marine Corps during WWII. In the late 1940s he accepted a football scholarship to play for the University of Miami.

Dr. Mallios played football for the Hurricanes from 1949 to 1953 starring on two powerful UM bowl teams. He was known as the “Scooter” and became one of the great running backs in Hurricane history. He was the starting fullback on UM’s first undefeated team, 9-0-1, which went to the 1950 Orange Bowl and the Gator Bowl team of 1951. In the Orange Bowl game he scored one touchdown and had another touchdown called back, which would have won the game. In the Gator Bowl he scored both UM touchdowns for a 14-0 win over Clemson.

Dr. Mallios was named MVP of the Gator Bowl and was also named MVP for the 1952 Hurricane team. Additionally, while an undergraduate, Dr. Mallios was selected to become a member of the UM Iron Arrow Honor Society.

After graduation Dr. Mallios served in teaching and coaching positions for Miami Dade County public schools while he continued post graduate education at the University of Miami. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Miami in 1970, and became a tenured member of the UM faculty. He served as an Assistant and Associate Athletic Director, and became the Athletic Director for the Hurricanes from 1979 to 1983. He was appointed Faculty Athletic Representative to the NCAA in 1983 until retirement and was inducted into the UM Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.

Dr. Mallios is survived by his wife of over 70 years Marion Mallios, his daughter Debra Mallios-Klemm and his two sons Mark and Carl Mallios along with their wives Brenda and Sarah Mallios respectively. Additionally, he is survived by his grandchildren Ashley Mallios, Nicholas Beadle and Julia Mallios.
Services will be held on Wednesday September 20, 2023 at 1 PM at Saint John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church, 237 North 17th Street Philadelphia, PA 19103.

It is requested that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dr. Mallios’ memory to Saint John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church, 237 North 17th Street Philadelphia, PA 19103, Phone: 215-563-0979, or to Hospice of Union County at 700 W. Roosevelt Blvd. Monroe, NC 28110, Phone: 980 993-7326.

Evangeline Prifti

May 16, 2023

Evangeline Prifti

Of Media PA, passed away peacefully on May 16, 2023 at the age of 95.  Beloved wife of the late Louis M. Prifti, she was predeceased by her parents Efthimy and Evridiqi Demas and her two brothers William and Peter Demas.  She is survived by her son Michael Prifti (Dale) and daughter Joanne (Craig), four grandchildren (Christine (Mat), Adam, Stephen, and Ben) and one great-grandson (Noah).  Vangie was a 1950 graduate of the University Of Connecticut School Of Pharmacy, leaving that profession to become a homemaker and mother in Northern Virginia.  She returned to the workforce, first volunteering as a kindergarten aide later rising to administrative assistant to the Principal of the Jackson Center, a school serving disabled students in Arlington, VA.  She was a skilled seamstress, an avid gardener, devoted to a variety of craft projects, and a marvelous party hostess, with a sharp sense of humor and a knack of striking remarkable conversations upon first acquaintance.  Family and friends are invited to view from 10am-10:30am Monday May 22, 2023 at St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church, 237 N 17th Street, Philadelphia PA, 19103.  Funeral service to begin promptly at 10:30am. Internment to follow in Fernwood Cemetery, Lansdowne, PA.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her memory may be made to the church.

Robert Dardaris

May 1, 2023

After a long life filled with football, family and flowers, Robert “Bob” Dardaris, 94, passed away surrounded by his children on May 1, 2023 at Capital Health Medical Center in Hopewell, NJ.  A native of Philadelphia who spent his first 73 years in the city, Bob was a graduate of Benjamin Franklin High and a longtime machinist at Steel Heddle Manufacturing.   

Unassuming, congenial and quick with a quip, Bob deeply missed his beloved wife of 50 years, Katherine (nee Stavrou), who passed away in 2005.  They were first-generation Americans, whose parents had emigrated from Albania. They were married in Saint John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church in Center City and remained devoted members of the congregation. Bob and Kathy moved to Ewing NJ in 2001.

Bob was also predeceased by his parents Xenophone and Sophia Dardaris (nee Pogas), brother Charles and sister Helen Perotti.  He is survived by his children Denise Bevans (Michael), Robert Dardaris (Peggy) and Gregory Dardaris (Christine), as well as grandchildren Kaitlin (Colin), Brooke, Gregory and Alex. 

There was a time when hunting deer for a few days in the fall was the highlight of Bob’s year. And he still relished the chance to win a few dollars in a Saturday night poker game. But the perfect day began with a garden spade and a bag of bulbs, then a parade of children and grandchildren through his front door, a slow-cooker bubbling with red sauce, and the best seat in the house: the leather recliner in front of a flat-screen with helmeted behemoths colliding in brilliant color. Saturdays in the fall were reserved for Penn State, Sundays for the Eagles.

The man affectionately known as B.D., Dad, Bobaloo and Pop Pop needed little to be content, and he wasn’t particularly particular … except when it came to his homemade spaghetti and meatballs. Those canned tomatoes HAD to be the Tuttorosso brand.  He would happily eat pasta every day.  He would happily skip vegetables every day (and usually did).

Friends and family are welcome to attend his viewing 10am to 11am Monday, May 8th, at St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church. 237 N. 17th St. Philadelphia, Pa 19103. His funeral Service will take place at 11am in the church.  His interment will follow at Lawnview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Saint John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church, 237 N 17th St, Philadelphia PA 19103 and at

Dhorka Tomassini

March 26, 2022

Dhorka Spiro-Tomassini passed with grace and dignity in the comfort of our home surrounded by her loved ones on March 26, 2022 at 8:07am at the age of 89. She is survived by her daughter Nicole.

To know Dorothy was to love her. If you met her, it was likely you would never forget her. She was kind, generous, compassionate, intelligent and active in supporting many altruistic causes and individuals. She was a defender of the less fortunate and downtrodden as well as a pillar of the Philadelphia community and a long-standing member of St John’s Chrysostom church. Dorothy was an avid lover of art, music and literature. She was well versed in all subjects and enjoyed intense dialogue with intelligent minds. She was an active civil rights defender at a young age and attended many protests and marches for what she believed in; equal rights for all people, banning the bomb and ending all wars. She will be sorely missed by many, but her memory will live on for generations to come.

A celebration of her life memorial service will be held Sunday April 10th at Saint John’s 237 N 17th St Philadelphia at 10:00 am.

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John (James) Ghicondey

May 28, 2021

It is with sadness we inform you of the repose of longtime parishioner John (James) Ghicondey 90 of Springfield, PA on Friday May 28th, 2021. He is survived by his wife Roxane whom together would have celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary in June. He is also survived by his son Peter (Nancy), granddaughters Christina and Brittany (Sean McCloskey), and nephews Steven and John. He is predeceased by his brother Spiro along with their parents Peter and Anastasia.

Born and raised in both North and West Philadelphia, “Jim” was a Veteran of the United States Coast Guard, serving active duty in New London CT, the Labrador Sea along Greenland, and the US territory of Panama Canal. He is part of a generation of American heroes that puts and keeps the United States of America first for the sole love of their country’s success, exhibited by working in both the defense and nuclear industries four decades thereafter.

Friends and family are welcome to attend both his viewing (beginning at 11AM) and funeral at 12 Noon, Saturday June 5th, 2021 at St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church, 237 N. 17th St. Philadelphia, PA 19103. Internment immediately thereafter at Fernwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial contributions may be made to the church via PayPal Donate here or direct in person/mail.

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Paul Geori (Polo Xhori)

May 20th, 2021

Paul Geori (Polo Xhori), 100, of Springfield, Pennsylvania, passed away on Thursday May 20th, 2021, in his home surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his beloved wife Magdalini, his sons Jorgo and Stefan, his daughters-in-law Anila and Mimoza, his grandsons Paul, Denis, Julian and Philip, his granddaughter Victoria, his sister Celia, his nephews Genci and Ervin and his niece Entela.

Paul was born on January 11th, 1921, in Labove e Zhapes, Albania, to George Geori and Vite Kutra. After coming to America for the first time in the early 1930’s, Paul graduated from Northeast High School (class of 1940) and later Temple University. In 1943, he was recruited as a member of the United States Army Corp and served until he was honorably discharged due to injury.

After his time in the Army, Paul worked as a music teacher in a high school in the Philadelphia area, as well as played the violin in the local city orchestra. Upon returning to Albania, Paul worked as a translator for a publishing company in Tirana, Albania. While in America, Paul (being a man of great religious faith) became a parishioner of Saint John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church in Philadelphia, where he also sang in the Church choir. He enjoyed many things, such as learning new languages, solving crossword puzzles and translating books from Albanian to English. In addition to this, he enjoyed reading, teaching English, and helping Albanian Immigrants who had just recently moved to America settle in. Above all, Paul’s greatest passion in life was playing the violin, something that he not only did for his entire life, but also passed down onto his children and grandchildren.

Relatives and friends may attend his funeral services 11am Tuesday May 25 at Saint John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church. Viewing one hour prior to his service in the church. The burial will take place at Fernwood Cemetery in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. A luncheon will follow at Teca, located at 191 South Newtown Street Road, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, 19073.

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Diane Mallios

March 23, 2021


Diane N. {nee} Douris on March 23, 2021, age 87 Beloved wife of the late Christopher “Pete” Mallios,

Loving Mother of Louis T. Mallios, Hon. Christopher Mallios {William Mc Nett}, Paulette Mallios Callas {Christopher}, and Leslie Mallios Contoudis {James}. Cherished “Mom Mom” of Tori, Christopher, John, Theo, and James.

In lieu of flowers donations in Diane’s memory to St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church 237 N. 17th St., Philadelphia, PA. 19103. OR The Alzheimer’s Association, 399 Market St. # 250, Phila., PA. 19106 would be appreciated.

Due to the pandemic, Diane’s Funeral Service and Interment are private. Please keep the Mallios Family in your prayers.

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Jorgaq Lico

March 23, 2021


Jorgaq Lico passed away peacefully on March 23, 2021 surrounded by his family. He immigrated to the united states in the 1990’s. He lived in both Upper Darby and Havertown. Taking hold of his talent and passion, worked as a master carpenter. He was an avid lover of the great outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Most of all he loved his family. He spent countless hours playing with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Lefteri. Children; Dodona (Pandeli) Papa, Viron (Urani), Eleni (Viljan) Gore, and Artur (Sadete). 7 Grandchildren and many great grandchildren. He is predeceased by his brother Panteli and survived by his family in the Boston area.

Friends and family are welcome to attend his viewing from 10am to 11am Saturday at St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church, 237 N. 17th St. Philadelphia, PA 19103. His funeral service will follow at 11am in church. Masks and social distancing protocols will take place in the church. The interment will take place following the funeral service at Fernwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the church.

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Burdumy Charles, Jr

March 20, 2021

Burdumy Charles, Jr. On Saturday, March 20, 2021. Loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away due to complications from COVID-19 at the age of 94. Charles was born on October 14, 1926 in North Philadelphia, PA to Albanian immigrants Stavre and Katherine (Kolea) Burdumy. One of four sons, he is survived by his youngest brother Richard, with whom he remained in close contact, frequently enjoying dinner together at Tiffany Diner on the Roosevelt Boulevard. Charles was drafted into the Navy during World War II and attended radar school in Rhode Island. When the war ended, he attended Temple University. After college, he worked at General Electric, before opening his first used car dealership on North Broad Street in Philadelphia. At General Electric, he met his lifelong friend Vern. On October 1, 1950, he married Katherine Pappas and raised two children, Kim and Charles. They were married for over 45 years until Katherine passed away in 1995.

In 1960 Charles moved his dealership north on Broad Street and bought a Humble Oil gas station, allowing him to have an indoor showroom and repair facility. In 1962, he became a Volvo dealer, which he operated at the Broad Street location until 1981. In 1971 he opened a second location in Huntingdon Valley, PA. Charles went to work every day until the dealership was sold in 2017, and he subsequently retired at the age of 90. Charles was an avid fitness and nutrition buff, but did occasionally allow himself his signature drink, a V.O. Whiskey Manhattan. He also had a passion for running.

While working on Broad Street he would take his afternoon break by running around the perimeter of Hunting Park Recreation Center for three miles every day, then returning to work to finish the day at the dealership. On the weekends he was a familiar fixture on East River Drive where he ran along the bicycle path. Over the years he competed in over 20 Broad Street Runs and in the mid-1990s he finished the Philadelphia Marathon. Charles was known for always wearing a jacket and tie regardless of the day of the week or weather conditions. He often joked that he was born wearing a tie and it was how he was most comfortable. He was a devoted father to Kim and Charles, and grandfather to Max and Jack, the lights of his life. In honor of his 80th birthday, grandson Max insisted on wearing a suit and tie to his party, just like his grandpop.

Charles was devastated by Max’s passing in 2017 and often reflected on their time together. In recent years, grandson Jack helped to take care of Charles at his home in northeast Philadelphia. Charles is survived by his children, Kim (George) and Charles (Donna), his brother Richard, his grandson Jack, and several nieces and nephews.

Burial is private, a memorial service will be held at a later date at St. John’s Orthodox Church, 237 N. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to or

Bessie Satir

February 2, 2021

Bessie Satir, February 2, 2021, beloved wife of the late William Satir devoted mother of Stephen Satir (Donna), Nancy Ryan (Kevin) and John Satir (Kevin). Best MomMom of Julie Satir, Danielle Carroll (Denny) and Joseph Cellucci (Elizabeth). Great MomMom Bessie to Tyler, Brooke, Fynn, Rosalie and Reagan. Loved by many nieces, nephews, family and friends. Also a devoted church participant and sang in the choir. She took pride in everything she touched including her work at Charlottes Restaurant as a hostess and the seasonal decorator of the famous crystal cases. She lived a wonderful full happy life and is now with dad.

Family and friends are invited to view from 9:30-10:30am Saturday February 6, 2021 at St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church, 237 North 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Her funeral service will be private for immediate family only. We ask your cooperation, arriving with enough time to view and exit, in order to allow the service to begin on time. We are under strict time lines for a Saturday burial in the cemetery. Please help us limit any undo stress on Bessie’s family. Thank you in advance.

Guests will be able to park in the Cathedral parking lot across from the church. You will be guided upon arrival.

Masks MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES in the church and all social distancing standards apply. Your cooperation and personal responsibility allows us to continue to have funeral services in the church. Thank you.

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Nick Zoto

January 1, 2021

May 29, 1937 – January 1, 2021 (AGE 83) It is impossible to count the number of people that Nick greeted, fed and came to know as friends over his 83 years. From Zoto’s Diner and his involvement in politics to his family and church, Nick touched the lives of many and has been a catalyst for change for all the things he held dear.

Nick was a past Parish Council Chairperson and was extremely active at St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church. In 1993 Nick was the recipient of the Knight of St. George Award. The KNIGHT OF SAINT GEORGE is the highest honor which can be bestowed upon a layperson in the Albanian Archdiocese. The recipient is well-recognized both for service to the parish as well as to the Archdiocese over an extended period of time. Nick will truly be missed by the Parishioners at St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church. MEMORY ETERNAL!

Born in Philadelphia to Albanian immigrant parents Anesti and Helen Zoto. Nick was the oldest of 4 children. His childhood centered around St John’s Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church, which his father helped found for the tight-knit and growing Albanian community. It was here he began to understand the important role that the church played in honoring their beliefs and heritage while they pursued the American dream.

He attended Bartram High school where he was class president in 1955. Compelled to fulfill his patriotic duty, he enlisted in the Army two days after his 19th birthday. After a tour in Korea, he was stationed in Ohio where he attended Youngstown University. He returned home in May of 1959, when his sister Nancy introduced him to Margaret Burdumi, who he later married. They spent the next 61 years together and had three children, Michael, Andrea, and Christopher. Shortly after Nick and Marge were married, he and his father purchased his first diner, Zoto’s Grove, located on Red Lion Road in northeast Philadelphia. From there he turned his sights to Center City, where he bought and ran the Red Oak on Walnut Street. As a die-hard Eagles fan, he was thrilled to eventually sell the restaurant to a former Eagles running back.

He then teamed up with his younger brother Steve to build the famous Zoto’s Diner, which has been operating for close to 50 years. In the late ‘70s, he decided to try his hand at French cuisine. Nick and Steve purchased Cobblestones in Society Hill. It was there that they celebrated the marriage of their youngest brother James. His contribution was recognized with the 1992 Restaurateur of the Year Award and in 1996 with a Keystone Award from the Philadelphia Delaware Valley Restaurant Association. After having achieved all these accomplishments, he felt the need to give back to the communities and organizations that helped him achieve his dreams. His love of business led him to the Philadelphia Small Business Advisory Council where he served as chairman from 1981-1983 under Mayor William J. Green. He continued as co-chairman until 1990 alongside Mayor W. Wilson Good, and as a member from 1990-1993 with Mayor Edward Rendell.

Nicholas served as delegate to the 1984 Republican National Convention in Dallas, Texas. On October 6, 1986 he received a citation from the House of Representatives for serving as a delegate for Pennsylvania to the White House Conference on Small Business. Of all the accolades Nicholas received the one he was most proud of was his appointment in September 1985 as a member of the Presidents Commission on White House Fellowships. Working with Colin Powell, he marveled at the accomplishments of the candidates and seemed amazed that he was bestowed such an honor. He would say, “I’m just a kid from West Philly.”

In addition to his beloved wife Margaret, Nicholas is survived by his children: Michael Zoto and partner Jen Abramson of Huntingdon Valley, PA, Andrea Z. Shannon and her husband Senan of Cranbury, NJ and Christopher Zoto and his wife Marianne of Fountainville, PA, and his daughter-in-law Leslie Hickling-Zoto of Richboro, PA. He is also survived by his brothers: Stephen Zoto of Ambler, PA and James Zoto of Quakertown, PA and was preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Gregory. He is also survived by his 6 cherished grandchildren Alyssa, Quintin, Senan, Meaghan, Nicholas and Alexa.

Due to current Covid-19 Pandemic, interment will be privately held by the family.

Arrangements: Tuesday, January 12, 2021, Calling hours 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Joseph Fleuhr Funeral Home, 800 Newtown-Richboro Rd, Richboro, PA. Father Dennis will conduct the Funeral Service (at the Funeral home) 12:30 pm Interment -with military honors- with be private.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to: St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church

237 N 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Helen Theokary

December 16, 2020

November 26, 1957 – December 16, 2020 (age 63) Helen Theokary, 63, of Philadelphia, passed away December 16, 2020.

Helen is survived by sister Andonetta Theokary Also, survived by nieces Sophia and Athena Morales, Jennifer, Vanessa, Christina Theokary, nephews Andrew Morales and Anthony Theokary

She was predeceased by her father Athanas and mother Sofia and all four brothers Raphael, Nikolas, Milaq, and Vani Theokary

Helen was the first born and smiled often as a child. She grew up in a family with four brothers and one sister. She faced many challenges for attention and affection growing up in a big family. Helen and her siblings were all first generation Americans.

Helen graduated at South Philadelphia High School and later enrolled in a trade college to be a Geriatric Nurse Assistant. She was very successful in her early endeavors and had joy in her life knowing that she could be of service to others.

During her later years she became the caretaker of her late brother Milaq “Michael” and took on a heavy task. She faced so many of her loved ones passing and even 50 days ago before her passing she honored her late brother Raphael at our family church St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church where she was a member and attended every Sunday until she was not able to continue her attendance due to the pandemic.

She had many challenges in her life but the one thing she held on to was her gift of caretaking and she did it with what ever tools were available to her. She loved her parents, siblings, nieces, and nephews more then any one will ever know. May Her Memory Be Eternal

Family and Friends are invited to Helen’s viewing on Wednesday December 23, 2020 at Fertig Funeral Home, 63 N. Main St. Mullica Hill, New Jersey 08062. The viewing will begin at 10:00 AM with services at 11:00AM. We will then process to Lake Park Cemetery, Swedesboro, New Jersey, 701 Park Ave., Swedesboro, New Jersey 08085.

Raphael Theokary

October 28, 2020

July 10, 1959 ~ October 28, 2020 (age 61) Raphael Theokary, age 61, of Sewell, NJ, passed away on October 28, 2020. He was born in Philadelphia, PA to the late Athanas and Sophia (nee Georgiadou) Theokary.

Raphael was a chef and a cooking aficionado who loved harness racing and Elvis. Most of all he loved spending time with his daughters and grandchildren. He was a member of the United States Trotting Association and St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church.

Raphael is survived by his beloved daughters Jennifer M. Theokary, Vanessa M. Carey (Sean) and Christina M. Stewart (John), his five grandchildren, Sophia, Peyton, Annabella, Maximus, and Emma, his siblings Andonetta Theokary and Helen Theokary and his wife Ludimila Theokary.

Relatives and friends are invited to Visitation Wednesday, November 4th from 9:30-10:30 AM at St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church, 237 N. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA followed by his Funeral Service at 10:30 AM. Interment Lake Park Cemetery, Woolwich Township, NJ.

Flowers for the funeral can be sent to the church: St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church, 237 N. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA.

Metropolitan Theodosius

October 19, 2020

October 27, 1933 – October 19, 2020 On Monday morning, October 19, 2020, His Beatitude Metropolitan Theodosius (Lazor), former Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All-America and Canada, fell asleep in his Lord in Canonsburg, after an extended illness. He was the Primate of the Orthodox Church in America from 1977 until his retirement in 2002.

On October 27, 1933, Metropolitan Theodosius (Lazor) was born Frank Lazor to John and Mary Lazor, immigrants from Galicia (what is today the southeastern corner of Poland), in Canonsburg. He was raised as a son of the Orthodox Church, a devout member of Saint John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Canonsburg, where he served as an altar server. He attended Canonsburg High School, where he was Student Council president, graduating in 1953.

He enrolled in undergraduate studies at Washington and Jefferson College in Washington. During his time there, he served as the recording secretary of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, which focuses on leadership development. After his graduation in 1957 from Washington and Jefferson College, he enrolled in Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, at that time in New York City. He was awarded a Master of Divinity degree in 1960. He spent the next year pursuing additional studies at the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland, touring the Holy Land, and visiting Orthodox Christian centers throughout Europe and the Middle East.

Upon returning to the U.S. in 1961, he took monastic vows and was tonsured as a schema monk on October 10 at Saint Sergius Chapel in Oyster Bay Cove, N.Y., by Archbishop Ireney of Boston and New England and given the name Theodosius. His heavenly patron was Saint Theodosius of Chernigov. On October 14, 1961, he was ordained to the Holy Diaconate at Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral in New York City by Bishop Kiprian of Washington, D.C. On October 22, 1961, the Hierodeacon Theodosius was ordained to the Holy Priesthood at Saint Gregory’s Church in Homestead, by Archbishop Benjamin of Pittsburgh and West Virginia.

The schedule of services for his funeral is as follows: Wednesday, October 21, at Saint John the Baptist Church, Canonsburg,1 to 6:45 p.m., arrival of the body and visitation; 7 p.m. Panikhida

Thursday, October 22, at Saint John the Baptist Church, Canonsburg,1 to 5:45 p.m. visitation; 6 p.m., Office of the Burial for a Hierarch

Friday, October 23, Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration, Ellwood City, 10 a.m. Hierarchical Divine Liturgy followed immediately by interment.

Please note that due to COVID restrictions, only invited clergy may serve at the services. For all of these services, clergy and faithful should also be sure to maintain all safety protocols and precautionary measures.

May Metropolitan Theodosius’ memory be eternal!

Arrangements are in the care of Mario L. DeAngelo Funeral Home in Canonsburg.

Linda Dudash

June 24, 2020

July 9, 1947 ~ June 24, 2020 (AGE 72)Our beautiful wife, mother, and grandmother, Linda Dudash, age 72, of Schwenksville, PA, left us too soon on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 after bravely living with Lymphoma for almost 3 years. She was the beloved wife of the V. Rev. Hal Gregory Dudash.

Born July 9, 1947 in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Mary (Romanowich) Bob. Linda grew up in the Bronx, where she went to grade school, the Bronx High School of Science, and graduated at Hunter College with a degree in Microbiology. She thought she would never leave New York until she met a handsome, charming young man named Hal at a church dance. They quickly married and recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the beginning of June. She spent 19 years as a military spouse and was no stranger to moving. Together they relocated over a dozen times including stays in Mississippi, Germany, Colorado, England, and Arizona.

She loved traveling to the many places on her bucket list and she prided herself in having visited 49 of the 50 states. She had planned to vacation in Montana, the last state, later this year. She was an avid reader, had a love of learning, and visited an incredible number of museums, big and small, dragging her children behind her. Linda was a devoted Orthodox Christian, and faithfully served many Orthodox communities in partnership with her husband, the Very Reverend Gregory Dudash. She loved spending time with her family, including her three daughters, their husbands, and her five grandchildren, to whom she was affectionately known as FiFi.

She loved gardening and her deck overflowed with blooms every summer. Hal and Linda could be found most afternoons on their Perkiomen Trail, where they walked and biked together. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughters, Christina E. Reeves (Alan) of Southampton, PA, Maria A. Kauffman (Scott) of Boise, ID, and Elizabeth M. Tavenner (David) of Spring Mount, PA; and five grandchildren, Georgia, Charlotte, Lilah, Davey, and Emily.

We appreciate the outpouring of love for Linda. Out of concern for everyone’s safety, we are limiting attendance to family for the funeral services. We wish circumstances were different but still want loved ones and friends to be a part of the funeral services and are providing a live stream link.

The Requiem Service will be held 6:00 p.m. Thursday, June 25, 2020 at St. Philip Orthodox Church, Souderton, and may be streamed at:

The Funeral Service will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday, June 26, 2020 at St. Philip Orthodox Church, Souderton, and may be streamed at:

Burial will be in the adjacent church cemetery. Arrangements are by the Huff & Lakjer Funeral Home, Lansdale.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to the Mainline Hospital Cancer Center who treated her so kindly and gave us extra time with our beloved FiFi. She was extraordinary and we miss her already.

Lluka Thodhori

April 23, 2020

Jan 1, 1943 – April 23, 2020 Survived by his wife, Esma, daughter Mitrulla, son Oren, and 2 grandsons.


SARA J.(Hackenberg)Dimitri

Feb 3, 2020

1946 – 2020 age 73 of Media. Beloved wife of the late Nicola and devoted sister of Helen (Charlie) Davis, also survived by his 2 step daughters, 4 step grandchildren, a step great grand-daughter. Relatives and friends are invited to her Funeral Service on Sat. at 10 A.M. in Old Zion Lutheran Church, 628 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19130. Int. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Cem., Ardmore, PA. The family requests NO Flowers, Memorials may be sent in her name to the Chester Childrens Choir, c/o Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore, PA 19081.


Ann P. Gjoka

October 30, 2019

September 22nd, 1930 ~ October 30th, 2019 (AGE 89). Ann P. (Notskas) Gjoka, a long-time resident of the Marple Newtown area, died Wednesday the 30th of October peacefully at her residence. Born in 1930, in LaBova, Albania, Ann moved to America in 1939. She was a graduate of West Philadelphia High School class of 1947. Ann was the daughter of the late George and Hariklia (Kiki) Notskas. She was the wife of the late Joseph K. Gjoka. Ann is survived by her children, Joanne (Robert) Everett, Mark (Sandi) Brassell, her grandchildren, Laura (Matt) Jones, Krista (Matt) Sherwood, Andrea Brassell, her great-grandchildren Joshua, Elijah and Baylie, and sister, Linda Notskas.

Ann was a devoted member of her church and long time member of the ladie’s club, where she held and cherished her role as treasurer. She was also a valued member of the church chior, which brought her joy for many years. Ann worked various jobs throughout her life in customer service. She was a bookkeeper for Charlotte’s restaurant in Newtown Square Pa, and at Rose Hill Apartments in West Goshen, Pa. After leaving Rose Hill, she worked in the cafeteria in the Marple Newtown High School and Culbertson Elementary School until her retirement in 2009. She thrived to help others.

She was a strong willed and caring women. She would do anything for her family. She lived to hear her great grandchildren tell her stories and she loved to sing to them and give them hugs and kisses. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. John’s Chrysostom.

Relatives and friends are invited to her Funeral Mass 11 A.M. Wednesday, November, 6th at St. John’s Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church, 237 N. 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 where friends may call 10 A.M. at the church also. Interment Ferwood Cemetery.

Donations may be made to: St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church 237 N. 17th Street, Philadelphia PA 19103 Tel: 1-215-563-0979:

Jerrold Gaston “Jerry” Kane

October 26, 2019

Jerry Kane October 26, 2019. Jerrold Gaston “Jerry” Kane was the first-born of five children to Helen (Goodenough) and Arthur Jerrold “Jerry” Kane. Jerry was born in Manhattan and spent the first five years of his life in Queens. Jerry grew up in Daytona Beach, Florida with his mother, siblings, his Aunt Katherine “Kitty” Kane Gibbons and his favorite set of cousins. Growing up during the war, Jerry and his best friend and little brother Daniel “Danny” Kane worked many different jobs best suited for grown men and had little time for school during what Jerry fondly recalled as their misspent youth. This would serve young Jerry well as he left home for Arizona at age 14 with $5, a loaf of bread and a bologna. He would not return home. When questioned, Jerry was known to say “I have been without adult supervision of any kind since I was fourteen.”

In Phoenix, Jerry had a job as a soda jerk, worked the fields alongside migrant workers during planting and harvesting season, bought a car (he had an “incorrect’ driver’s license with an age of sixteen despite being fourteen and never having taken a driver’s test), rented an apartment, and occasionally attended eleventh grade. After that, Jerry drifted for a few years in the southwest with prolonged stops in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Jerry was known to have said “depending on what you think of the people in Las Vegas, I really was raised by wolves.”

After drifting and somewhat tiring of the wild life, Jerry sought to put down roots where his favorite aunt, Kitty, had moved with his cousins who he considered a second set of siblings. He moved to Philadelphia, where his roots became permanent. There, he worked at the Veteran’s Administration where he met Katherine Gregory who agreed to marry him because he resembled her favorite, Frank Sinatra. His drifting stopped and they were married for 59 years. Aunt Kitty thought Katherine civilized Jerry.

He worked at the VA while waiting for his number to be called at the police academy. His career in homicide happened almost by accident. A policeman had been murdered on Jerry’s beat, the regular homicide investigator was sick, and the young beat cop solved the murder within hours leading to his first promotion. Jerry was the youngest detective ever in the Philadelphia Police Department and once out of uniform was rarely seen without his fedora and rumpled raincoat. He spent most of his 44 years in the police department in the Homicide Division where he was known to bring his favorite “child” Buck E. Kane on occasion. Jerry had a whole second life in homicide, intermittently interrupted by his other true loves: bowling and poker. Jerry did not do things halfway, playing poker both with friends and in professional poker rooms across the country (I guess some Vegas stuck to the man who was known by fellow pros as “The Inspector”) and bowling 300 several times, once in Police League competition. He also became the Commanding Officer of the Homicide Division. When not indulging in his passions of murder and gambling, Jerry enjoyed watching the Phillies (he preferred the Robin Roberts and Richie Ashburn variety) and Eagles (Jerry attended their 1960 Championship game) with his family. When Jerry completed forty years in the department, the department commemorated this anniversary by creating The Kane Award which is still given annually to “the archetype of the perfect homicide investigator – smart, fair, and relentless.” One of his many awards and plaques (this one from the Homicide Division) concludes with the sentence “There truly are eight million stories in the naked city, and only Jerry Kane knows them all.” After retirement, Jerry continued his life’s work as a member of the Vidocq Society, comprised of retired law enforcement officers from multiple agencies who look into both unsolved murders and wrongful convictions. Jerry was not simply a member, he was the recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jerry was a quiet, loving husband, father, and uncle despite being surrounded by violence and murder in the other half of his life. He never brought it home or told his family work stories. The tough Inspector even liked gardening although he might not have admitted it. Jerry returned in his latter years with Katherine to the Daytona Beach area he loved so much as a child. Jerry is survived by his sister Sister Kathleen Kane, brother Douglas Kane, and his children Kathleen Patricia, Karen Lee, and Michael Arthur Christopher.

After Jerry completed his fortieth year, he could have retired at full pay. He worked for another four and a half years. One of his children questioned him about the wisdom of working so long for free. His answers sum up Jerry Kane: ”You’re wrong. If I had retired I’d get 100% pay. Since I was working I got to pay a city wage tax, a state income tax, and a few other fees. It cost me about 10% of my salary to work.” His child’s response was “I thought you were supposed to be smart.” He smiled and after a pause turned deadly serious and said “You’re wrong. I had the privilege of chasing and catching murderers and maybe preventing their next murder for only 10% of my salary. It was a bargain. It was a gift. The only thing I regret is retiring.”

He is the beloved husband of the late Katherine. Loving father of Kathleen, Karen, Michael.

Friends and family are welcome to attend his viewing from 10am to noon on Wednesday, 10-30-19, at St. John Chrysostom Church 237 N.17th St. Philadelphia. Funeral will take place at noon. Interment will be private.:


His Eminence, Archbishop Nikon

September 1, 2019

Archbishop Nikon(1945-2019). At eleven o’clock, Sunday morning (September 1, 2019) His Eminence Nikon, Archbishop of Boston, New England and the Albanian Archdiocese reposed in the Lord. Over the past years, His Eminence contended with throat and lung cancer. On the first day of Great Lent of this year (March 11), he underwent what he thought would be a minor procedure on his lung and was anticipating to return home that Friday. But unable to leave the hospital as planned, he was confined to a hospital bed until his repose. During this time he humbly and with dignity endured great suffering, ever trusting in God’s mercy and love while always maintaining his sense of humor and wit. Beneath his modest demeanor was a faith that carried him through his trials not the least being his inability to swallow for the two months following his surgery. Yet as his strength steadily declined and as he became anxious about not being able to carry out his ministry, those around him nevertheless began to observe and understand what Saint Paul meant about the power and glory of the resurrected Christ being revealed in his crucifixion. In his own weakness and in his death, our bishop teaches us that “just as we have borne the image of the man of dust,” in the resurrected Christ “we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.” (I Corinthians 15: 49) In Christ, death is swallowed up by new and eternal life. Indeed, our Archbishop Nikon’s death affirms and confirms this fundamental reality.

The Trisagion of Repose for His Eminence will be celebrated at Saint George Albanian Orthodox Cathedral, 523 East Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127, on Wednesday, September 4, at 7:00 PM, with Calling Hours from 4:00-8:00 PM. On Thursday, September 5, the Funeral Service for a Hierarch will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, 165 Park Drive, Boston, MA 02215 at 6:30 PM. The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, will be celebrated on Friday, September 6, by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, at 9:30 AM with the Trisagion for the Departed immediately following. :


Lena Costalas

July 12, 2019

Lena Costalas on July 12, 2019. Beloved wife of Gus. Loving mother of George K. (Kiki), John K. (Paula), Chris K., Steven (Kimberly) and James K. (Katrina). Adoring grandmother of Gus, Lena, Constantine, Anthony, James, Kayla, Nicholas, Christian, Angelina and Antonio. Family and friends are invited to view from 9:30-11:30am July 15, 2019 at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Luke, 35 North Malin Road, Broomall, Pa. 19008. Her Funeral Service will begin at 11:30. Interment in Lawnview Cemetery, Rockledge, Pa. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the church.

Donations may be made to:

St. Luke Greek Orthodox Church 35 North Malin Rd., Broomall PA 19008 Tel: 1-610-353-1592

Rose Marie Adams

July 6, 2019

It is with sadness we inform you of the repose of longtime parishioner Rose Adams. Rose and her husband +Charlie were very active at St. John Chrysostom and provided the pancake breakfast for our parish for many, many years. A tradition that has been carried on by their children. Memory Eternal! Rose Marie Adams, 84, Phoenixville Rose Marie Adams, 84, widow of Qiriako V. Adams “Charlie”, passed away Saturday July 06, 2019 surrounded by loved ones.

She was born July 9, 1934 in St. Louis, Missouri, to the late Samuel Athanas and the late Vasiliqi (Peodani).

Rose was raised in West Philadelphia, but spent most of her life in Havertown, PA. She is a graduate of Bartram High School and was a member of St. John’s Orthodox Church in Philadelphia, PA. Rose was very devoted to her family both immediate and extended and was known to many as Nana Rose. She spent 42 years working hand in hand with her husband running the family business, The Court Diner in Media, which became a gathering place for family and friends. Her passions included cooking, baking and summers at the beach in Avalon. Rose’s life and love was her family – most importantly her children and her grandchildren.

She is survived by her three children, Stephen, husband of Suzy, of Brooklyn, NY, Nicholas, husband of Mary, of Collegeville, PA, and Christine Trafford, wife of Matthew, of Phoenixville, PA; four sisters, Marion Fratta, Georgia Adams, wife of George, Martha Badgio, wife of Chris, and Tina Beyer, wife of Robert; seven grandchildren, Alexandra Adams, Ashley Adams, Alivia Adams, Samantha Trafford, Luke Adams, Allison Trafford, and Kyra Trafford.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM Friday July 12 at St. John’s Albanian Orthodox Church, 237 N. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA.

Visitation will be from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Thursday, July 11, at R. Strunk Funeral Home, 400 Main Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460. Visitation will also be held on Friday, July 12, from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM at St. John’s Albanian Orthodox Church, 237 N. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA. Burial will be immediately following at the Fernwood Cemetery, 6501 Baltimore Ave., Lansdowne, PA.

Katherine (Nina) Melito

May 19, 2019

Melito, Katherine (Nina) nee Daniels, 87, on May 19, 2019. Katherine was born on May 17, 1932 in Vlora, Albania to Leone and Aphrodite Daniels. At the age of 6 she, her parents and brother, Christie moved to West Philadelphia. In 1950 Katherine graduated from West Philadelphia High. For the past 37 years Katherine has resided in Upper Darby, Pa.

Katherine always had a big interest in her Albanian Church, St. John Chrysostom in Philadelphia and was extremely proud of her Albanian heritage. Her family meant everything to her, especially her three sons. She was a kind and giving person. Losing a mom doesn’t happen in a moment but rather, it takes years to appreciate what’s gone. You are loved and missed and will forever be in our hearts.

Katherine is survived by her sons Mark (Steff), Joe (Linda) and Philip (Anna) her beloved niece Marta Carbone and her special friend Wanda Demayo.

Her funeral service will be 11am Friday May 24, 2019 at Vraim Funeral Home, 66 So. State Road, Upper Darby, Pa. 19082. Viewing from 9-10:45am in the funeral home. Interment in Fernwood Cemetery, Lansdowne, Pa. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church, 237 No. 17th Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103.

Donations may be made to: St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church 237 N. 17th Street, Philadelphia PA 19103 Tel: 1-215-563-0979

Lilly C. Shallapi

June 28, 2018

Passed away on June 28, 2018, age 92, formerly of NE Philadelphia. Sister of the late Sophie (Gregory) Hondros and Cathy (Edwin) Anderson. Survived by 2 generations of loving nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to her Viewing on Monday, July 2, 2018 at 10 AM at the St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church, 237 N. 17th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103. Funeral Mass 11 AM. Interment Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Lilly’s memory may be made to her St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church at the above address.

​Memory Eternal!​

Milaq "Michael" Theokary

June 8, 2018

Michael 56 of Philadelphia is survived by sisters Helen Theokary, Andonetta Theokary and brother Ralph Theokary. Also survived by nieces Jennifer, Vanessa, Christina Theokary and Sophia and Athena Morales, nephews Anthony Theokary and Andrew Morales.
He was predeceased by his father Athanas R. and mother Sofia, and brothers Vani “John” Theokary and Nicholas Theokary.
Michael was a loving friend, son, brother and uncle.
Graveside services will be held Friday, June 15, 2018 at Lake Park Cemetery, 550 Park Ave., Swedesboro, NJ 08085 at 1pm.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to Michael’s Funeral Cost “GoFundMe” please go to to assist with final expenses would be greatly appreciated.

Pandora Bendo

January 29, 2018

Passed away surrounded by her loving family. Sister of James (Paula) Bendo. Beloved aunt of Michelle, Alexandra, Marc, and Andre. Great aunt/Yaya of 10. Preceded in death by parents Kosta and Klanthi, brother Pascal (Sophie), and nephew Gregory. A loving friend to everyone she met. Being the great spirit she was, she was always kind and willing to help anyone. Never down, she always had a smile on her face and quick to share her fun personality.

Her funeral service will be Thursday, February 1, 11 am at St. John Chrysostom Church, 237 N. 17th St, Phila. Pa 19103. Viewing: one hour prior to service in the church. Interment: Fernwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the church.

​Memory Eternal!​

Pandeli (Paul) Spiro

December 21, 2017

Pandeli is predeceased by his wife Mary.  Survived by his children William (Margaret),  James (Elaine), Linda (Alfred D’Iorio), and Diane (Steven Coraluzzi). 8 grandchildren -(including our own Michele and Adam Coraluzzi) and 9 great grandchildren. Also survived by his sister Dhorka (Miss Dorothy to those at St. Johns) and predeceased by his brother Alexander.

Pandeli was a lifelong parishioner and very active at St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church. He was also a past parish council chair.

ARRANGEMENTS: Viewing this Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 at 10:00 am at St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church, 237 N. 17th St. Phila, Pa 19103. The funeral service will begin at 11am. Interment will take place at Fernwood Cemetery immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the church.

Charitable donations may be made to:

St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church
237 N. 17th Street, Philadelphia PA 19103
Tel: 1-215-563-0979

Michael J. Cosmo

November 19, 2017

Michael J. Cosmo passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. He was 68.

Michael served as a combat medic in Vietnam, a Trenton homicide detective, and a loving husband and father.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Dimitri, and his five children, Deanna, Alexander (Laura), Traci, Kristin (Stephan), and Steven (Michaela); and by his two grandchildren, Ryan and Megan.

A memorial service and repast will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, at St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church, 237 North 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Parking is available in the large parking lot across the street.

Donations may be made in Michael’s memory to St. John’s by mail or online at

Sotir Grabocka

October 15, 2017

Sotir Grabocka, 78, of Springfield, survived by wife, Olimbi Grabocka. Loving father of Petrika and Marjana. Beloved son of Petro and Thomaidha Grabocka. Survived by grandchildren Eda, Jorgeta, Olivia, and Enio and six great-grandchildren.

He was born and raised in Vithkuq, Albania and moved to the town of Korce, Albania when he was 15 years old. Sotir finished high school as a technical engineer with outstanding grades. He got married to Olimbi at 28 and had a healthy marriage for 52 years. He worked as a director in a construction factory for most of his life and later he worked as a carpenter which was a profession he was skillful at.

Sotir enjoyed long walks and his neighbors always remember him waving at them and greeting them with a smile. His passion was every kind of sport, especially soccer. He enjoyed the company of his friend Ilo Sheperi here in the United States.

Sotir always reminded his family of birthdays, name days, anniversaries, etc. His family is always going to remember the stories he told from Albania, his smile, and his love for his grandchildren who were the main reason he came to the United States.

Tom Zoidis

July 27, 2017

Former prominent businessman in Philadelphia finance, passed away on July 27, 2017 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 84.

He and his wife, Katherine Steffa, lived in the Philadelphia area for over 57 years. Tom was a devoted husband who cared for his wife at home during her 14 years of suffering from Alzheimer’s. With his easy smile, warm sense of humor and sincerity he was a beloved father, grandfather and friend.

A son of Albanian immigrants Tom grew up working in his family’s restaurant, the Pilot’s Grill in Bangor, Maine. He was a graduate of the School of Hotel Management of Cornell University and later served in the US Army where he rose to the rank of lieutenant.

He received an MBA from the Wharton School in Philadelphia, where he began a 40-year career in public finance. At Butcher & Sherrerd his work helped to fund schools, universities, hospitals, nursing homes, highways and water systems. He rose to become the President of Butcher & Singer and Vice Chairman of Wheat First Butcher & Singer. He retired in 1995. Many accomplished and notable business people in the Philadelphia area received their start under his guidance and training.

A long-time member of the Union League in Philadelphia, he also enjoyed socializing and playing golf with many close friends at Huntington Valley Country Club. He was active in many charities, notably the Alzheimer Association and Abington Hospital. He was especially committed to the St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church in Philadelphia where he received the Medal of Honor from the Archdiocese for outstanding lifetime achievement.

Tom is survived by his daughter, Jane Zoidis Quinn (Kevin) of Short Hills NJ; sons, Greg (Susan) of Minneapolis, Paul (Aleta) of Westfield NJ, and Mark of Berkeley CA; and 9 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife Katherine, brother William and his parents Dorothy and Paul.

Visitation will be held for family and friends Thursday, August 3, 2017 from 5 to 8 P.M. at CRAFT/GIVNISH OF ABINGTON, 1801 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001. Funeral services will be held on Friday August 4, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Johns Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church 237 N. 17th Street Philadelphia, PA.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to: St. Johns Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church 237 N. 17th Street Philadelphia, PA. 19103.


Theodore J. Lescas

September 3, 1933 – June 23, 2017

Beloved husband of 50 wonderful years to Diane (nee Elia), father to Ted (Ashley), Michael (Denise), Kymberlee Haberman (Sandy), and Frank (Tammy).  Grandfather to Patricia, Melanie, Gianna, Claudia, Constantine, Sophia, Savannah, Kylee, Cheyenne, and Raphael. He is survived by his sister, Barbara Salter (James).

Ted honorably served in the United States Army during the Korean conflict (1953 – 1954).  He was a member of North Hills Country Club for 36 years.  Ted’s passion was for his family and shooting an 80 in a round of golf.  He was the life of the party and always enjoyed sharing a good laugh with everyone and always had a drink in one hand and a cigarette in the other. 

The past few years Ted resided in Naples, Florida where enjoyed life and his corvette.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church, 237 North 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Viewing will be Tuesday, June 27th from 10am – 11am St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church .  Funeral service will begin at 11am and internment at Fernwood Cemetery immediately following the service.

Paula Marie Kosta

March 9, 2017

Paula Marie Kosta, beloved daughter and sister and cherished aunt, fell asleep in the Lord on Thursday, March 9, 2017. Paula was 53 years old and was predeceased by her parents Carol O’Hanlon Kosta and Philip Kosta. Paula is survived by her stepmother and friend, Linda Kosta, and siblings Lisa Bowser (Neal), Larry Kosta, the late Peter Kosta, and Stephanie Kosta (Thomas Highland). Aunt Paula was dearly loved by nieces and nephews: Drew, Kevin, Cassidy, Bridget, Ryan, Jimmy, Olivia, and Vivian. Paula was born in Philadelphia, on March 27, 1963. After spending her formative years in South Philadelphia, she and her mother moved to Atlantic City, where Paula spent many years working in the casinos. Paula had a passion for movies and for animals — especially her many cats. After losing her mother, Paula left Atlantic City and moved to Morton, PA, to live with her father and her stepmother. It was there that she blossomed both as a health care aide for Values into Action and as an aunt — spending time with her nieces and nephews brought her true joy. Calling hours and memorial service will be held Tuesday, March 21 at St. John Chrysostom Church, 237 N. 17th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103. Friends and family may call 5 pm to 6 pm. Services will be at 6 pm. Private interment. May Paula’s memory be eternal. 

In lieu of flowers, kindly donate to an animal rescue.

Andigone "Andi" T. Steffa

February 18, 2017

Andigoni “Andi” T. (nee Ticco) Steffa, 92, of Warminster, a chocolatier who personalized Easter eggs for Wanamakers and Strawbridge & Clothier department stores in center city Philadelphia each Easter for more than twenty years, died at her home surrounded by family.

Mrs. Steffa, loving wife of the late Peter L. Steffa, M.D. and mother of Patricia L. Orphanos, Peter L., Jr., and Paulette M., grandmother of Anastasia Noll and Nicholas Orphanos, and great-grandmother of three, was born and raised in Jenkins, KY.

Mrs. Steffa graduated from Virginia Intermont College in June 1943. She worked in Bristol, Virginia before moving with her family to Philadelphia in December 1944, after the death of her father. Soon after, she became engaged to Capt. Peter L. Steffa, of the U.S. Army Medical Corp. They were married in September 1945, upon his return from serving during World War II.

Mrs. Steffa was a superb cook and baker, particularly of ethnic Albanian and Greek dishes and pastries, using recipes brought over from the old country, and taught to her by her grandmother and mother. She also learned cake decorating, and how to work with chocolate and marzipan, selling her fancy wares under the “Andi’s Candies” private label. As an outgrowth of being a chocolatier, Mrs. Steffa was employed by Asher’s Candies to personalize their Easter eggs in the weeks before Easter, first at Wanamaker’s and then for more than twenty years at Strawbridge & Clothier’s Food Court.

Andi was a testimony to her faith in God and love for people of all walks of life. She expressed her gratitude often and easily. She could be counted on to help those in need and always put herself last. On one of her last days, her daughter asked her if she wanted anything — meaning something to eat or drink. Andi’s reply was, “I’ve always had everything I’ve ever wanted, I am truly blessed — and — you are blessed too, remember that!” When asked if there was something more she wanted to share, she said, “Be kind to everyone. We are all God’s people — black, white, gay, straight, Christian, Jew, Muslim — we are all God’s people! We are all equal, no one is better than anyone else. Be kind to everyone.”

Mrs. Steffa was predeceased in death by her parents Michael G. and Polixeni Paphingi Ticco and siblings, John M., Milton M., and Martha W. Tzetzo.

Mrs. Steffa’s funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, February 27th, at Annunciation/Evangelismos Greek Orthodox Church, 7921 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027, preceded by a viewing at the church beginning at 9:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Lawnview Cemetery in Rockledge, PA.

Memorial donations may be made to the “Orthodox Christian Mission Center – Albania,” Orthodox Christian Mission Center, 220 Mason Manatee Way, St Augustine, FL 32086-9908 and/or the Kiwanis Club of Jenkins, KY, Inc., PO Box 509, Jenkins, KY 41537.


January 19, 2017

Former Mayor of Morton. The Honorable Philip “Flip” Kosta, cherished husband, beloved father, and former Mayor of Morton, fell asleep in the Lord peacefully at home on Thursday, January 19, 2017, after a long illness.  Phil was 78 years old, and is survived by his best friend and wife of 46 years, Linda (nee Walton). Born in Philadelphia, on September 7, 1938, to the late Marika and Petro Kosta, who were immigrants from Albania, Phil grew up in West Philadelphia and was a 1957 graduate of West Philadelphia High School.  Phil, along with his brother, owned Hills Hardware in Folsom and Kosta’s My Brother’s Place in Holmes, PA.  Phil, however, found his real passion in local politics, serving on the Morton Borough Council from 1988-1992 and as Mayor of Morton for 17 years, retiring from service in 2009.  Phil was a life-long member of St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church in Philadelphia. Phil was a loyal and loving father to Paula Kosta, Lisa (Kosta) Bowser and her husband Neal Bowser, Larry Kosta, the late Peter Kosta, and Stephanie Kosta and her husband Thomas Highland; and a treasured Poppy to Drew, Kevin, Cassidy, Bridget, Ryan, Jimmy, Olivia, and Vivian. Phil was predeceased by his siblings, Paul Kosta, Gus Kosta, and Eftilia Petro. 

Calling hours and funeral will be held Saturday, January 21 at St. John Chrysostom Church, 237 N. 17th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103. Friends and family may call 9:30 to 11:00 AM. Services will be at 11:00 AM.  Interment at Fernwood Cemetery in Yeadon, PA.

In lieu of flowers, kindly make donations in his memory to St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church in Philadelphia, 237 N. 17th St. Philadelphia, PA 19103. May Philip’s memory be eternal. 

GREG VRATO SR. (Father of Deacon Greg Vrato)

December 27, 2016

Fell asleep in The Lord on December 27th, 2016, at 3:33 p.m. He was 79 years old.

Both the viewing and funeral will be at Sts. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church, Friday, December 30. Viewing at 9:00. Funeral Service at 10:00.

In lieu of flowers, please make all donations to Sts. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church.
Memory Eternal!


June 29, 2016

Repose of longtime parishioner +Rosemary Notskas, beloved mother of Michele McQuillan, Stephanie Sarkissian, and Pamela Fisher. +Rosemary was blessed to have six grandchildren. Arrangements are: Viewing Wednesday, 10:00 am at St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church, 237 N. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Funeral Service @ 11:00 am at St. John Chrysostom. Interment following the funeral service at Fernwood Cemetery, 6500 Baltimore Ave, Lansdowne, PA 19050.

The family has requested in lieu of flowers donations be made to St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church, in +Rosemary’s memory.


April 19, 2016

Father of our Sunday School Director, Steve Coraluzzi, father-in law of Diane and grandfather of Adam and Michele. Viewing and Funeral mass at St. Pius X Church, 220 Lawrence Rd, Broomall, PA 19008, Friday 4/22: Viewing 9:00 am to 10:30 am Mass at 10:30 am.  Burial will be at our Lady of Grace Cemetery, Longhorn, PA.



April 3, 2016, age 92

Beloved husband of Diane (nee Douris). Loving father of Louis T. Mallios, the Hon. Christopher Mallios (William McNett), Paulette Mallios Callas (Christopher) and Leslie Mallios Contoudis (James). Cherished Pop-Pop of Tori, Christopher, John, Theo and James. Devoted brother of Harry C. Mallios (Marion), Jennie Sapnas, Dolores Mallios and the late Eleanor Zoidis; also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Relatives and friends are invited to Pete’s Viewing and Funeral Thursday, April 7, 2016 at St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church, 237 N. 17th St., Phila., PA 19103 where guests may call from 9:30 to 11 A.M.  Funeral Services  Interment Lawnview Cemetery, Rockledge.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Pete’s memory to the above named church or to The Alzheimers Association, 399 Market St., Suite 102., Phila., PA 19106 would be appreciated.

JUNE D. MITROCSAK (nee Darocha)

January 6, 2016

Age 87, Cherry Hill, NJ. Beloved wife of the late William L. Mitrocsak. Loving mother of Bill Mitrocsak (Linda) of Skippack, PA; Robert Mitrocsak (Chong Suk) of Hanover, MD; Nancy Mitrocsak of Plainsboro, NJ and Janet Mitrocsak of Ocean City, NJ. Loving grandmother of Stephen Mitrocsak; Trisha Favre (Sebastian); Andrew Mitrocsak, Nandor Mitrocsak (Nicole), Julia Moore (Jordan), Nicholas Mitrocsak and James Mitrocsak. Devoted great grandmother of Jackson and Jacy June. Viewing Sunday, January 10: 7 to 9 P.M. in the SCHETTER FUNERAL HOME 304 W. Marlton Pike, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002. Mass of Christian Burial Monday 3 P.M. in Christ Our Light RC Church, 402 N. Kings Highway, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034. Interment private. Please visit to share your condolences with the family.



January 3, 2016

Beloved wife of the late Llambi. Mother of Gloria Foglia, Andrew (Edna), and the late Christina.  Grandmother of 4, and great grandmother of 4.  Her funeral service will be 11am Thursday, January 7, at St. Peter & St. Paul Albanian Orthodox Church, 9230 Old Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia, Pa 19115.  Viewing; one hour prior to service in the church.  Interment; Fernwood Cemetery.  In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the church.


CROKE, Mary V. (Cotto)

Of Auburndale, formerly of Framingham, Dec. 8, 2015.

Beloved wife of the late John Croke and loving and devoted mother of Linda Biando and her husband David of Philadelphia, PA and Vicki Croke and her partner Christen Goguen of Newton. Devoted grandmother of John and his wife Pamela Roy and Charles and Andrew Biando. Sister of William Cotto of Holliston, Richard Cotto of Framingham, Roger Cotto of Hopkinton and the late Jenny (Cotto) Mulkern and Violet Cotto. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Service will be held Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Annunciation Church, 37 Washington St., Natick, MA, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend and may visit prior to service from 9-10 a.m. Expressions of sympathy may be made in Mary’s memory to the Annunciation Church. Arrangements by Laughlin, Nichols & Pennacchio Funeral Home, HYDE PARK.


October 28, 1926  – October 13, 2015

Mother of Nikoleta Prifti, Luiza Salavaci and Zisi Kashari.

The viewing will be Saturday, October 17, 2015 10:00 am followed by the funeral service at 11:00 am, at St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church, 237 N. 17th Street, Phila. PA.

Interment will be at Fernwood Cemetery following the funeral service.

May we always remember Jorgjia’s beautiful smile and may her Memory be Eternal!


July 4, 1927 – March 31, 2015

Florence died surrounded by her loving daughters in Morristown, NJ. She was born, July 4, 1927, in Philadelphia PA, the youngest daughter of Andrew and Persophone (Bessie) Hassis.  Throughout her life, Florence never let her illness with Alzheimer’s dim her love of her Albanian heritage, her Orthodox faith, her family and her friends. She was a lifelong resident of Philadelphia and Southampton, Pa., married to William V. Vissar and a longtime employee of the Centennial School District.  Florence was a devoted parishioner of St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church in Philadelphia, PA. and was awarded the congregation’s highest honor, the St. George medal, for her years of support and participation in church life. Florence’s greatest joy — and her greatest strength — came from the lift and support she gave to others. Florence’s husband died in 1982.  She is survived by her daughters Kathleen Vissar, of Philadelphia, Wendy Vissar (Michael Slackman), of Morristown, and Victoria (Scott) Day, of Hermon, New York. She is also survived by two loving grandsons, Sam and Nikolas Slackman, a niece Susan (Enik) Mandia, and  nephews, Francis X. Hassis, Dennis (Rochelle) Hassis, and Kenneth Hassis.

A celebration of Florence’s life will be held at Saint John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church April 3, 2015 at 10:00a.m with a funeral service at 11:00a.m. 237 North 17th Street,Philadelphia. 
Internment will follow at Lawnview Cemetery, 500 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA 19046
In lieu of flowers, donations in Florence’s name may go to St. John’s Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church.
Remembrances may be left at Vraim funeral home’s Web site:


March 25, 2015

Annie Julia Dimitri of Philadelphia passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at her residence. She was 84 yrs old. She was born in Worcester, MA and was a resident of Phila. for 65 yrs. She enjoyed making memories with her friend Caye at Nativity BVM. Annie was preceded in death by her Husband Michael C. Dimitri. She is survived by her children Deborah Monaghan (John), Helen Dimitri-Kerns, Michael Christo Dimitri Jr., and Cynthia Rizzo (David). Also survived by her brother Piro Spiro (Betty) and 9 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son David M. Dimitri and grandson Michael C. Dimitri III. In Lieu of flowers, memorials in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

Visitation Tuesday, March 31st, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Tomlinson Funeral Home, 2207 Bristol Pike, Bensalem, PA 19020. Funeral service at 1:00 pm.


March 13, 2015

Age 82. Beloved husband of the late Mary S. (nee Satir). Loving father of Barbara A. Ames (Evan) and Ted E. Douris (Wendy). Also survived by 5 loving grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren and his sister Diane Mallios (Peter). Funeral Liturgy was at St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church, 237 N. 17th St., Phila. PA 19103. Internment: Lawnview Cemetery.



February 24, 2015

Nancy Gregory was born in 1941 and enjoyed a happy life in her early years living with her three brothers and her mother and father until she met Ted Gregory in July 1962.  Nancy and Ted were  married in December 1962.  Since that time they moved quickly and never stopped.

She began her marriage with a strong love that endured for 52+ years.  From the beginning, she displayed artistic talent which she began to cultivate by enrolling in art classes at Akron University.  Soon after Nancy and Ted married, they moved to France.  She loved every day of her time in France, learning basic French as well as excelling at cooking.  Upon returning to the US, and when children entered her life in 1965 and 1968, she postponed the development of her artistic talents in favor of raising her two sons.  After the two boys reached their middle teens, she resumed her education, entering the University of Delaware to continue the development of her artistic talents, and in preparation for a career as an educator.  She graduated with a BA in Art History and Education.  She later earned a Masters degree in Education. 

She began her career teaching third-grade at Warner Elementary School, a city school in Wilmington Delaware. She also taught fifth grade later on in her career.  She was dedicated to improving the lives of her inner city students, and she felt love for the many students for whom she had a positive impact.  She felt like she made a difference in the lives of many of these disadvantaged students, and this feeling helped keep her a dynamic force in the classroom.  She received many notes and gifts from her students, often, long after the student had left Warner Elementary.  Despite her success, after 15 years in the classroom, she began to think about a change, and when Ted retired in 1998 she decided to retire in 1999. 

Nancy loved to travel, having lived in France with Ted, and having traveled with Ted to Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, China, Thailand, France, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, England, Martinique, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Martins, Switzerland, Canada, Panama, Mexico, Albania, Hawaii and Albania.

One of her favorite vacation places was Saipan. This is not only because her son Matt was there, but also because of the great golf courses there.  She once made a shot on a spectacular Greg Norman golf course, a par three about 150 yards across a chasm above the Pacific Ocean. Nancy put the ball on the green with Tee shot. She didn’t always play this well but she did remember this shot in particular, and she loved playing.  She belonged to Dupont CC, Stone Harbor CC, Shadowood CC and she also loved to play other courses.  She also enjoyed her membership at the Stone Harbor Yacht Club.

Nancy loved music, particularly the Beatles and Motown and she also loved classical. In particular, she loved Pavarotti and went to New York City to hear him.  

Nancy also loved the seashore. She and Ted spent many a weekend at their beach house in Avalon with their children.  After her sons graduated from college and entered law school, Nancy and Ted made the  beach house their primary residence and spent summers there while spending the cold winter months at their house in Bonita Springs, Florida.  Grandchildren Amelia and Hayden arrived, and they too spent summers at the beach and enjoyed trips to Bonita Springs.

Nancy loved children, both in her professional life and at home.  At any family gathering or party, she could be found in the basement playing ping-pong or board games with all the children.  With 28 neices and nephews, this was no small feat. Nancy grew especially close to her grandchildren, and she and Ted spent countless hours playing Monopoly, Dominoes, Crazy-Eights and other games with them.

Nancy was a competitor, and whether it was golf, tennis, ping-pong, Bridge or Monopoly, she was in it to win it.  Ever gracious and a good sport, Nancy was also very quick with a verbal zinger which was always good for a laugh.  While playing any game, she enjoyed trading barbs and zingers with her competitors, and was usually the life of the party as well.

She passed away peacefully at home in February leaving her husband Ted, her sons Mark and Matthew and three brothers. The funeral service will be held at 11am at St. John’s Orthodox Church on Friday, March 6. A viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to 11am in church.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.


November 10, 2014

Katherine was the first-born child of Ermione and Christopher Gregory from Korce, Albania. Their hope was for their children to be born in America; and their wish was granted when Katherine was born shortly after their boat arrived in America. Katherine grew up in Uniontown, Pennsylvania where she went to her parents’ flower shop after school every day and she was known to frequent the State Theatre and Metzler’s department store often on both the trip to and from the family store. She was an avid reader and claimed to have read the entire contents of the Uniontown Library from A to the letter Q. Daydreaming about Frank Sinatra and Ronald Colman prevented her from reaching “R”.

She quit her job at the gas company and accompanied by her friend Marian Laski struck out on their own to Philadelphia without money, a place to live, or any job prospects. This modern girl quickly fell in love with the city. She joined the Daughters of Penelope, eventually graduated from a room at the YWCA to an actual apartment, and landed a job at the Veteran’s Administration. There, she met a young man named Jerry Kane who she thought slightly resembled Frank Sinatra. Katherine and Jerrold soon married in 1955 immediately before Jerry entered the police academy. Katherine deeply loved and was very proud of her husband of 59 years who was a decorated Inspector of the Philadelphia Police Department, serving the department for over 44 years and working in the homicide division for over twenty years, primarily as the Commanding Officer. After her children were old enough to go to school, Katherine returned to work for the Philadelphia School District, cheerfully working in some of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the city. She was transferred, not at her request, for one year to George Washington High School and actually appears in her son’s high school yearbook.

In her later years Katherine was a TCM addict who enjoyed recognizing the stars of her misspent youth as well as continuing her reading habit. Katherine remained an incredibly vigorous and active woman, gaining most of her exercise in grocery stores and the hallways of various shopping malls along the Eastern seaboard of the U.S. She often recuperated between these strenuous workouts in assorted movie theaters. Besides her friends and church, Katherine enjoyed trips to Europe and Florida with her family (except for the packing and cleaning part).


Aug 3, 1932  – July 14, 2014

Beloved husband of Margaret. Longtime faithful parishioner at St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church. In 2012 George was awarded the Archdiocesan Herald of Saint Constantine and Saint Helena. The following letter was submitted recommending George:

George has been a parishioner of St. John Chrysostom the majority of his life – going on 80 years!  He admits he was not very active for a portion of that time, but since 1998 he’s been going full steam.  Approximately 12 years ago George was a member of “the retired guys club”, a group of retirees who dedicated a great deal of time and energy to renovating the parish office and Sunday school.  In addition to being part of the club, George went a step further and created a “tool room” which he stocked with many of his own tools.  Over the years the tool room has been a valuable resource for our parish.

Attending the Divine Liturgy each and every Sunday is the norm for our George.  He receives Communion faithfully and is always there to assist with the task at hand.  Each Sunday he greets our parishioners with a smile, handshake and hug.  He cuts the Mesh and takes the Nameday tray to the parishioners celebrating their Nameday, and at the end of the Divine Liturgy passes the contribution basket among the parishioners.

After coffee hour and fellowship in our church hall George goes down to the office and assists with the “bookkeeping”.  He counts the money collected, prepares a report and often times takes the money to the bank! He is at the church long after everyone has gone home.

George is a very humble man, never seeking attention or praise for the work he does.  A few years ago George battled lung cancer and after successful surgery came back as strong as ever.  He never complains about his own difficulties but is very willing to lend an ear and helping hand to anyone in need.

At our September 18, 2012, Parish Council Meeting we unanimously agreed that George Touros’ extraordinary service to Saint John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church make him most Worthy to receive The Herald of Saint Constantine and Saint Helena.


May 15, 1908 – April 8, 2014

Very long time parishioner of St. Johns. Beloved wife of the late Michael. Loving mother of Sophia (Clive) Miller and Chris. Devoted grandmother of Dhimitri Miller. Interment Fernwood Cemetery.


Gregory Bendo, 49, on December 9, 2013.

Predeceased by his parents Pascal and Sophie. Survived by his sister Michele Winston (Steve), nephews Jonathon and Jordan, as well as many uncles, aunts, cousins and friends. His funeral service will be 11 A.M. Fri. December 13 at the VRAIM FUNERAL HOME, 66 So. State Road, Upper Darby PA. Viewing one hour prior to service in the funeral home. Int. Fernwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John Chrysostom, 237 N. 17th St., Phila., Pa. 19103. – See more at:


Dec 1, 2013, age 91.

Beloved wife of the late Trevor Wyatt Moore. Loving Mother of Marci Ann (Roland) Paolucci, Trevor “Dunstan”, Gregory (Susan), John (Jacqueline), Veronica, David (Susan), Martha “Liz” (Kevin) Bligan, Francesca (Thomas) Giansante, and Peter (Sharon). Devoted grandmother of 19 and great grandmother of 10. Her Funeral Service will be 11 A.M. Thursday, Dec.5, at St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church 237 N. 17th St. Phila. Viewing 9:30 to 11 A.M. prior to Service in the church. Interment, Valley Forge Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Church.


Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at Abington Hospice in Warminster. He was 90.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Savis and Eudoxia ‘Edith’ Soulis Douris. He was a longtime resident of Warminster.

Mr. Douris was a retired steamfitter and member of Steamfitters Local 420 in Philadelphia. Angelo was an U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He served in Normandy, Northern France, the Rhineland and the Ardennes. Angelo received two Purple Hearts. He was a member of V.F.W. Post 6493 in Warminster.

Angelo was very family-oriented and loved spending time with his grandsons. He was an avid sports fan, and enjoyed fishing.

Angelo was the beloved husband of Cecelia Koutras Douris for 56 years before her death in 2006. He was the devoted father of Diane Damm (Bruce) of Warrington, and the late Jeffrey Douris. He was the loving grandfather of Nicholas, Eric (Missy) and Alex Damm. He also is survived by his brother, John Douris, and his sister, Helen Wolfe.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, at Lamb Funeral Home, 101 Byberry Road, Huntingdon Valley, where his service will be at 11 a.m. Friday. The interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park in Feasterville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Abington Hospice, 225 Newtown Road, 3rd Floor, Warminster, PA 18974. Remembrances may be left at the funeral home’s Web site below. Wm. Rowen Grant Funeral Home, Southampton


Passed away August 27, 2013

in her home after a 16 year battle with Alzheimers. Katherine was a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, an artist, an educator and contributor to charitable causes. Katherine was a graduate of West Chester College (1954) and Girls High School of Philadelphia (1951). She was cared for at home by her devoted husband of 57 years, Tom Zoidis. 
Katherine is survived by daughter, Jane Zoidis Quinn (Kevin) of Short Hills, NJ; sons, Greg (Susan) of Minneapolis, Paul (Aleta) of Westfield, NJ, and Mark of Berkeley, CA; and 9 grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her sister, Barbara Clayton; brother, Louis Steffa and parents, John and Helen Steffa.

Family and friends are invited to Katherine’s Life Celebration Tuesday, after 7 P.M., from CRAFT/GIVNISH OF ABINGTON, 1801 Old York at Old Welsh Rds., Abington PA 19001, and Wednesday, after 10 A.M., from The Church of the Annunciation, 7921 Old York Road, Elkins Park PA 19027. Her Funeral Service will follow at 11 A.M., Wednesday, at Church. Interment Forest Hills Cem. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to St. John Albanian Orthodox Church, 237 North 17th Street, Phila. PA 19103.
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August 15, 2013

Beloved wife of the late Thomas “Naum” Loving mother of John (Virginia), William, Sophie Harrington, Chirs. Devoted grand mother of Fr. Gregory (Sharon), Diane, Fr. Deacon Andrew (Ekatrina), Paul and John, and great grandmother of 6. 
Her Funeral Service will be 11 A.M. Monday at St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church, 237 N. 17th St., Phila. Viewing one hour prior to Service in the church. Inter-ment Fernwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the church or St. Peter and St. Paul Albanian Orthodox Church 9230 Old Bustleton Ave, Phila. VRAIM FUNERAL HOME, INC. Published in Philadelphia Inquirer and/or Philadelphia Daily News on Aug. 18, 2013


Maria Papinghi was born on January 4, 1923 and passed away on Sunday, July 28, 2013.

Maria was a resident of Cochranville, Pennsylvania.



LEGIDAKES, MARY R. (nee Detskas). Beloved wife of the late Dean. Sister of the late Thomas and Katherine Detskas. Loving aunt of Richard (Rosemary) Detskas and Judy (Kevin) Doyle.
Her Funeral Service will be 10 A.M., Wednesday, at St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church, 237 N. 17th St., Phila. Viewing one hour prior to Service in the Church. Int. private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church.


Published in Philadelphia Inquirer & Philadelphia Daily News on June 24, 2013


VRISIDHA “MARY” D., on April 9, 2013

Beloved wife of the late Minella; devoted mother of Thomas (Betsy), Louis (Missy), Juliana Efessiou (Christos), Jeannette Cutshaw (Robert), and the late Dorothy; grandmother of 11, great grandmother of 14. 



Nicholas Naum of Cherry Hill, NJ died Sunday, March 31, 2013. He was 90.

Beloved husband for 40 years to the late Gertrude (nee Fulgowski). Loving brother of George Naum (Claire) of Auburn, ME; Althea Austin (Earl) of Auburn, ME and Catherine Akerley (the late Russell) of Media, PA. Nick is also survived by 10 nieces and nephews and by many great and great great nieces and nephews.
Visitation Friday morning 10 to 10:45am in the Schetter Funeral Home, 304 W. Marlton Pike, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002. Funeral service Friday 11am. Interment will take place in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Auburn, ME. In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be made to St. John Chrysotom Albanian Orthodox Church, 237 North 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Please visit to share your condolences with the family.



Loving Father and Loving Son Peter Philip Kosta, of Morton, PA, 40, passed away suddenly on December 18, 2012. He was the son of the Honorable Philip Kosta and Linda Kosta of Morton, PA, and is survived by his son James “Jimmy” Lawson Kosta. Born in Philadelphia, on April 26, 1972, Peter was a 1991 graduate of Springfield High School, and attended Virginia Wesleyan College and The University of Idaho. He left his studies to become an entrepreneur – opening Cornerstone Pizza in Prospect Park, and Cornerstone Pizza in Springfield. After rehabilitating from a very serious car accident in 2001, Peter worked for New York Life. He was a very active and life-long member of St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church in Philadelphia. Peter’s most treasured role was that of father to Jimmy. He was devoted son and brother, and a great friend to many. Survived by his parents and son; siblings Paula Kosta, Lisa (Kosta) Bowser and her husband Neal Bowser, Larry Kosta, and Stephanie Kosta and her husband Thomas Highland; loving nieces and nephews Drew, Kevin, Cassidy, Bridget, Ryan, Olivia, and Vivian. Calling hours and funeral will be held Saturday December 22, 2012 at St. John Chrysostom Church, 237 N. 17th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103. Friends and family may call 9:30 to 11:30 AM. Services will be at 11:30 AM. Interment at Fernwood Cemetery in Yeadon, PA. As Peter requested, in lieu of flowers, kindly make donations in his memory to St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church in Philadelphia, 237 N. 17th St. Philadelphia, PA 19103. May Peter’s memory be eternal.

Published in The Daily Times on December 21, 2012
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