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Early Greek American Mass Migration
My name is James Peter Gianukos. I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. I am the son of a Greek immigrant who came to America at the age of 13 in 1914. On my motherís side of the family, I am also the grandson of a Greek immigrant who came to this country in 1885 at the age of 19. He was brought here by his uncle who had immigrated to the United States in 1873. Both of my parents and all of my close relatives were born in a nearly 2000-year-old village high in the Parnon Mountains outside of Sparta, Greece. A village called Tsintzina.

Iíd like to tell you a story. Since the time of Homer, we Greeks have loved telling stories. And this story is quite amazing. One that you could not make up. And more importantly, it is a true story supported by uncontested historical facts and research. Itís the story of early Greek mass migration to America before the turn of the Twentieth Century. And more than a story, it is as much a personal journey of discovery.

This story can be read in its entirety in the this PDF file. Early Greek Migration

Helen Stam    

ONEONTA Ė Helen Stam, age 96, a life-long resident of Oneonta, NY, died peacefully at home on June 17, 2020, surrounded by her loved ones after a long battle with Parkinsonís.

Helen was born on Sept. 16, 1923, to the late Harry G. and Mary N. Lambros (Zaharis) at Fox Hospital.  She graduated from Oneonta High School in 1941.

For over 50 years, Helen assisted her father, and later her brother George, with day-to-day operations of Diana Restaurant, a well-known eatery in Oneonta for 70 years.  She retired in 1991 when George sold the business.

Helen married Sam T. Stam in 1954 at the Greek Orthodox Church in Binghamton.  Sam was a Sales Manager at LaMonica Beverages for over 30 years.  After he retired in 1985, he and Helen enjoyed many great years with their family and friends, traveling to Greece, Florida, and many other places. Sam died in 2001 from Alzheimerís complications.

Helen is survived by her son, Nicholas (Linda); daughter, Stephanie (Gunter) Steege; stepdaughter-in-law, Carol Stam; her brother, Nick (Sharon) Lambros; her sister-in-law, Mary Lambros; her grandsons, Christopher Stam, Gregory Stam, Alex Steege, Nikolas Steege, and Darle Stam.  She is also survived by many dear nieces and nephews.

Helen is predeceased by her husband, Sam T. Stam; stepson, Thomas (Carol) Stam; brother, George Lambros; sister, Angie Bertuzzi; brothers-in-law, Sam Bertuzzi and Nick Farmakis, and sister-in-law, Mary Farmakis.

In addition to being a dedicated and loving mother, Helen enjoyed get-togethers with friends and family, playing bridge, tackling New York Times Sunday crosswords, catching the latest movies, and watching ballgames at Damaschke Field.  She dearly loved her grandchildren, hosting many cookouts and outdoor games in her big backyard at her home.

Helen will be deeply missed by family, friends, and all who knew her.

John Treires

John George Treires passed away unexpectedly on February 2, 2021, in Berlin, Maryland.

John was born on August 10, 1956, in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. He is preceded in death by his parents George John Treires and Chrisanthe (Pappas) Treires. He is survived by his daughters Chrissy Grassman and husband Adam; Victoria Harbottle and husband Ty; his cherished grandchild Ajax Grassman; and beloved chocolate lab Louie.

John is also survived by his sisters Georgiann Knauer and husband Kenneth of Kennett Square, PA; Diane Georgelis and husband Michael of Lancaster, PA; Joan Giovanis and husband George of Wyomissing, PA; and so many cousins, nieces, and nephews, who all loved John so much.

John Treires graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree. He was a passionate golfer and was a recent member at Glen Riddle Golf Club in Berlin, Maryland. If he wasn't playing golf, he was watching it on TV. John had a great love for sports and enjoyed taking his daughters to the Washington Nationals games and watching football every Sunday.

John Treires was a fun-loving, outgoing person. Wherever he would go, he would make a new friend. He enjoyed dancing, traveling, getting together with his best friends, and making everyone laugh. He lived his life to the fullest and cherished all his memories. He will be missed and remembered by all his family and friends.






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