COSTIANES, CONSTANTINE NICHOLAS
(DEAN) age 87, a resident of Bristol for 42 years, died at
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.
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.
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
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.
Tselekis passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 16, 2017
at the Hospicare residence.
born April 26, 1925 in Batavia, NY to Leonidas and Polytimi
Costianis. Sophia and her husband, John G Tselekis were married
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.
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
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
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.