Anastasia (“Tessie”) Antonas, 87
Campbell…Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 4, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., at Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church, with Rev. Steve Denas officiating, for Anastasia (“Tessie”) Antonas, 87, who passed away Friday, October 30, 2020.
Anastasia was born July 2, 1933, in Baltimore, Maryland, the daughter of George & Irene (Sounios) Diamantes. Anastasia moved to Tarpon Springs, Florida as an infant where she resided until she was 16 years old prior to moving to Campbell, Ohio.
Anastasia was a 1951 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School. Upon graduation from High School, she was a Switchboard Operator at Stambaugh Thompson and a receptionist at Dr. John Thano’s office. She also worked in catering at the Archangel Michael Greek Hall and as a floor person at Carriage Lanes Bingo.
Anastasia was preceded in death by her husband, Mike Antonas, whom she married October 20, 1957, in Kalymnos, Greece. Their love for each other and for their family was boundless. It was the type of love that is passed on through stories and is written about in books. You could not walk past either one without getting a kiss, a hug, or a funny comment from Anastasia. They often would argue about who would go to be with the Lord first. He won that argument when he passed away on April 20, 2018. They are now together again.
Anastasia was an active member of Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church and served as an officer for the Ladies Philoptochos and the Panagia Club in addition to being a GOYA Advisor and Chaperone in her younger years. Anastasia was a charter member and past officer of the Ladies Prodromos Society. Anastasia was very involved in her daughters’ lives, serving as an officer and member of the Penhale PTA and the Campbell Memorial Band Booster during their childhoods. More than anything, she enjoyed being “Thea Tessie” to so many in the community whom she saw as family. She loved everyone deeply and without reservation.
Anastasia never missed an event – whether it be a dance recital, sport activity, school play, graduation, award ceremony, or any event they might even just mention your name – and she was always the first to arrive. She was our number one fan, and you could hear her cheering you on (whether it was appropriate or not). You often heard her coming before you saw her coming. She enjoyed her yearly family vacations to Clearwater Beach, Florida, where she spent time enjoying the beaches and her extended family in Florida, whom she will miss dearly. Anastasia also enjoyed crocheting, reading, doing crosswords, watching Jeopardy, and the Western Channel. She had a great love and admiration for Greek dancing, and would be in the front row any time her children or grandchildren danced (and made sure you heard her cheering).
Anastasia will be deeply missed and always remembered by her three daughters, Irene (Nikolaos) Kalouris, Pandee Rozum and Beth (Robert) Beeson; her six grandchildren Eddie J. Rozum, Anastasia (Emmanuel) Pilatos, Michael J. Rozum Esq., Ioannis (Zena) Kalouris, Robert Beeson Jr. and Michael Beeson; five great-grandchildren Georgios, Nikolaos, Panteleimon and Anastasios Pilatos and Nikolaos I. Kalouris.
Besides her parents and her husband Mike Antonas, she was preceded in death by her brothers Nikolaos and Mike Diamantes, as well as her Mother-In-Law and Father-In-Law Ioannis and Ypapanti Antonas
The Antonas family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive family and friends, Wednesday, November 4, 2020 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church, prior to the 11:00 a.m. funeral service.
Due to Covid-19, we ask that all guests wear a mask and practice social distancing during the service. For the safety of everyone, we politely ask that all visitors do not linger at the church after seeing the family.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church in Campbell, Ohio, or Archangel Michael Shrine 113 Hope Street, Tarpons Springs, Florida 34689.
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