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 Nickles Engagement

     Georgina Nickles and Walter Holder are proud to announce their engagement. Georgina is the daughter of Irene Nickles and the late Peter B Nickles. Walter is the son of Jean Holder.
     They are busily planning a future wedding.

Constantine Nicholas Costianes

     COSTIANES, CONSTANTINE NICHOLAS (DEAN) age 87, a resident of Bristol for 42 years, died at Phillip Hulitar Hospice Center on October 23rd. He was the beloved husband of Marty Costianes for 54 years, the father of Layton Risley and the late Robin Risley and the grandfather of Nicholas Risley, Zachary Highsmith and the late Kristen Vine and brother of the late Dr. Elias Costianes. Born in Franklin, PA, he was the son of the late Nick and Panayiota Costianes. He was a graduate of West Virginia University and a US Army officer. He worked as an engineer for the Martin Co. at White Sands Proving Ground and Florida, LTV in Dallas TX and retired from Raytheon, Portsmouth. For many years, he gathered his crew and served Mother’s Day breakfast to our church family. A life well lived; a man so loved.

Nancy J. Gregory

     Nancy J. Gregory, 103, passed away quietly at Nightingale’s Assisted Living in Mill Hall where she resided, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017.
     She was born Nausica J. Nickels on June 14, 1914 in Greece, in the mountain village of Tsintzina, Laconia (near Sparta). She was the last surviving child of Antonicha and James Nickles.
Preceding her in death were two sisters, Stella and Anna, and two brothers, Agamemnon and Mark.
     At the age of 8, in 1924, she and her mother, sisters and one brother immigrated to the United States to join her father and older brother in Ohio. She became an American citizen, on Nov. 7, 1956.
     She met her husband, James J. “Jimmy” Gregory, at the annual reunion in the United States for families who had immigrated from the same region of Greece. Nancy and Jimmy were married Aug. 19, 1943. They moved to Wilmington, Del., where Mrs. Gregory was a hair dresser for 38 years.
     In later life, they moved back to this area, to State College where Mrs. Gregory was cashier at her brother-in-law’s Holiday Inn.
     She became the companion, caregiver and chauffeur for that brother-in-law, George Gregory, and his wife, Catherine, and assisted them for more than 25 years. She drove the couple to Florida every winter, stayed there with them, then drove them back to State College for the summer.
     Throughout her life, she liked to dance and socialize, and in her late 80s, she took up the new hobby of painting. She also enjoyed the fact that her birthday fell on America’s Flag Day. At age 103, she was still walking with a little of assistance, speaking two languages, and enjoying life.
     Surviving are nieces and nephews including Jim (Zonda) Gregory of Lock Haven, Mark Nickles, Ellen Nickles, Thalia (Nickles) Johanssen, and Mary Anne (Nickles) Scott.

Sophia Tselekis

     Sophia Tselekis passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at the Hospicare residence.
     She was born April 26, 1925 in Batavia, NY to Leonidas and Polytimi Costianis. Sophia and her husband, John G Tselekis were married for 57 wonderful years. Together they owned and operated the Parthenon Restaurant and later Ithaca Pools. She was a faithful member and founder of St Catherine Greek Orthodox Church and served as Philoptochos Treasurer and Bake Sale Chair for many years. A dedicated and hard working woman, Sophia enjoyed time with her family, cooking and baking Greek pastries and helping those in need.
     She is survived by her devoted children, Paulette and Bill Manos and George J Tselekis; beloved Grandchildren and great grandchildren Stacy and Marty Nichols, Sophia and Ana; Eleni (Cruz) Rojas, Liana; Amanda (Michael) Karfakis, Andreas, Marina; brother and sister in law John and Niki Costianis, sister in law Aleka Costianis, Godson, George C Tselekis, many nephews and nieces both here and in Greece. In addition to her parents and husband she was pre deceased by a brother Chris Costianis and sister and brother in law Venetia and Taki Alexis.

 John Nicholas Vournakis

     John Nicholas Vournakis, PhD, 78, of Charleston, South Carolina, husband of Karen Ann Munro Vournakis entered into eternal rest Wednesday, January 17, 2018.
     John was born December 1, 1939 in Cambridge, Ohio, son of the late Nicholas John Vournakis and Panayota Andritsakis Vournakis. Nick and Pota where immigrants from Goritsa, a small rural village in the Peloponnese region of Greece, near Sparta. John’s Greek heritage would inform his entire life, leading to academic and business collaborations there and many visits to see family and friends.
He grew up in Albion, MI. It was a great place to grow up. John attended Albion High School. He was a studious young man and his efforts earned him a full scholarship to attend Albion College. There he completed his Bachelor of Science (BS) in Chemistry, Physics and Math in 1961. He was a member of the varsity football team, Sigma Nu Fraternity and was student council president. It was at Albion College that John met Karen Munro, who was to become his wife (married 1961) and the love of his life. Their first and only child Christopher was born in 1963 in Ann Arbor, MI.
     He is survived by his wife, Karen, of Charleston; his son, Christopher N. Vournakis (Vanessa) of Huntington Beach, CA; brother, James Vournakis (Karen Sue) of Alpharetta, GA; and two grandchildren: Dillon C. Vournakis and Devan N. Vournakis and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.





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