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A Prayer for the Departed Members of our Church Family

 Christ our eternal King and God, You have destroyed death and the devil by Your Cross and have restored man to life by Your Resurrection; give rest, Lord, to the soul of Your servants who have fallen asleep, in Your Kingdom, where there is no pain, sorrow or suffering. In Your goodness and love for all men, pardon all the sins committed in thought word or deed, for there is no man or woman who lives and sins not, You only are without sin.

For You are the Resurrection, the Life, and Repose of Your servants who departed this life, O Christ our God; and to You do we send up glory with Your Eternal Father and Your All-holy, Good and Life-creating Spirit; both now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen

2017 Eternal Memory
Kathryn Arvanis
 Kathryn Arvanis, 89, The Villages, FL
Kathryn Arvanis, passed away Monday, March 6, 2017. Kathryn was born in New York City, N.Y. on June 17, 1927 to the late William and Eleni (Gigiakos) Fidares. She was married to Orestes Arvanis, who was truly the love of her life, for over 56 years until his passing on August 9, 2003.
 
She had recently made The Villages her home after relocating from Mount Laurel, N.J. eight months ago.  Kathryn worked as Bookkeeper throughout her lifetime for various retail companies.  She had especially enjoyed working for her son in law, John, at his business Alternative Heat.  Kathryn was Greek Orthodox by faith.  For a number of years she volunteered her secretarial skills as a correspondence secretary for the Deborah Heart and Lung Hospital in Browns Mills, N.J. Kathryn had also organized a number of fundraising events for the hospital including fashion shows.  In her spare time she enjoyed playing Mah Jong and cooking meals for her family and friends.  Kathryn especially enjoyed baking and shared the skill of baking greek breads and cookies with her family. She was a fan of the Army Football Team and especially loved cheering them on during the Army / Navy Football game. Kathryn will be remembered as a very thoughtful and giving person that was always ready to help others and a loving and doting grandmother. She had a tremendous love for her husband, children and her brother in law, Paul.
 
Those left to mourn her passing include her daughters: Kristyne A. Kilgore and her husband Charles W. II of The Villages, FL, Denise E. Nowicky and her husband John of Grand Island, FL; sister, Aphrodite Malman of Rockaway, N.J.; grandchildren: Kristina Katsalidas and her husband Stephen of Blauvelt, N.Y., John Nowicky and his wife Shannon of West Milford, N.J.; and great grandchildren: Sean, Jack and J.J.
 
A Funeral Service of Remembrance for Kathryn was held at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, FL with Father Sergious Gerken of St. Raphael of Brooklyn Orthodox Church officiating.
John Peregrim

It is with a sad heart that we announce John's passing. John was a very active member of our church. He never said No to any task. He helped make pierogies for the church festival. He also worked on our church garden with Fr. Sergious.  He could be counted on coming almost every day to water the flowers and bushes. His smiling face and wonderful personality will be missed.

 

John M. Peregrim, 93 of Inverness, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 at the Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast in Lecanto. Born in Blakely, PA, John was the son of the late Michael G. Peregrim, his birth mother, Mary Ciolka and Mary Salitsky Peregrim. He was educated in Blakley schools graduating in 1941. In 1942 John enlisted in the United States Navy Reserve, serving as a Radioman 1st Class. Upon graduating Radio and Radio Direction Finding Schools, he was assigned to the USS Samuel S. Miles, Destroyer Escort 183. He was a life member of the American Legion Post 570, Blakely, PA and VFW Post 6082 Shopa- Davey, Peckville, PA. John has been a member of St. Raphael Orthodox Church in Inverness, since moving to Florida.
Immediately upon discharge from the Navy in January 1946, John enrolled in the University of Scranton, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. he was employed by the Petroleum, Heat & Power Company in Stamford, CT, as a cost accountant and later was promoted to Office Manager for American Oil Company in Washington, DC. From 1954 to 1957, he was employed by the First National Bank of Scranton, PA. He was hired by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and was later promoted to Comptroller of the Turnpike. In 1960, while still employed at the Turnpike, he was appointed by the Office of the Governor to serve on a committee created for the purpose of reviewing and recommending needed change to the systems and procedures as relating to various State Department's fiscal policies. John was listed in Who's Who in the East among Executives and Professionals since 1958. From late 1966, he was employed by the Geo. T. Bisel, Co., Law Book Publisher in Philadelphia, PA. Upon retirement, John relocated to Florida, where he pursued his dream to own and operate his own business.
John is survived by a son, John J. Peregrim, Phd. and his wife Kim, in Sacramento, CA; his brother Michael Peregrim of Blakely, PA and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by sisters, Mildred Juris, Anna Peregrim, MSGT (WWII) retired, Johanna Ligosh , Elizabeth Derco and brother, Walter Peregrim.
The Panikhida Service for John, will be conducted on Saturday, January 21st at 11:00 AM from the St. Raphael Orthodox Church in Inverness, with Fr. Sergious Gerken, Celebrant. Friends may call at Church from 10:00 AM until service time. Burial with Military Honors will be on Monday, January 23rd at 10:00 AM at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. The procession to the cemetery will begin from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness. Anyone planning to attend should arrive at the funeral home at 9:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, John would prefer that donations be made to the St. Raphael Orthodox Church, 1277 N. Paul Dr., Inverness, FL 34453. 

2016 Eternal Memory
Stephen Pappas (June 11, 1953 to January 15, 2016)

Stephen Pappas, son of George and Nikki Motika, was born on June 11, 1953 and passed away on Friday, January 15, 2016.  Stephen was a resident of Livermore, Colorado at the time of his passing.  He graduated from Upper Arlington High School and later went on to attend Ohio State University.

Memorial and burial services are being planned for Spring 2016.

Edward S. Besserman (January 18, 1937 to January 18, 2016)

Brother of Sub-deacon Paul Besserman

Edward S. Besserman, 79, of Granite City, Ill., born Jan. 18, 1937 - Jan. 18, 2016.

Mr. Besserman was employed with Tri City Grocery for 26 years, with Thomas and Thomas Saksa Funeral Homes for 38 years, and was a deputy coroner in Madison County, Ill., for 35 years. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Granite City, Ill., and Venice Crippled Children Organization. He founded the bingo at St. Margaret Mary Church in Granite City, Ill., was a former member of the Knights of Columbus and Madison-Venice Rotary, and was a former soccer coach, soccer and softball player, avid bowler and usher.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Nina, nee McKinney, Besserman Sr.; a brother, Elwood Besserman; and a sister, Theresa Besserman.

Surviving are his wife, Jerry K., nee Fraley, Besserman; children, Mary (Gary) Richmond of Southern Illinois, Tina (Steve) Kucchenmeister of Arnold, Mo., and Terry (Lisa) Besserman of St. Charles, Mo.; his Rosie, beloved best four-legged friend; grandchildren, Angela (Verlin Jr.) Pully, Adam (Billie Jo) Sanchez, Derek (Jenna) Sanchez, Wyatt Brewer, Kaylee Brewer, Courtney Nicholson, and Christopher Billner; great-grandchildren, David, Brianna, Carlee Jo, Dylan and Alivia; and a brother, Paul (Judy) Besserman Jr., of The Villages, Fla.

Memorials may be made as Masses or to the Animal Protection Association.


2015 Eternal Memory
Patricia Huniak

Mother of Judy Besserman


Patricia J. Huniak, nee Eck, 82, of Granite City, Ill., Feb. 17, 1933, in Commerce, Okla., passed away Sept. 12, 2015, in Granite City, Ill.  

Mrs. Huniak was a LPN at Colonial Haven Care Center of seven years.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Nick Huniak, whom she married on July 25, 1952, in Madison, Ill.; parents, Anthony and Birdie, nee Phelps, Eck; son, Gregory Huniak; brothers, Tony Eck, Edgar Eck, and Michael Bradford; and sisters, Marilyn Fasbender and Beverly Jones.

Surviving are her children, David (Carol) Huniak of Granite City, Nick (Diana) Huniak of Maryville, Cheryl (Charles) Causey of Granite City, Judith (Paul) Besserman of The Villages, Fla., Stephen Huniak of Granite City, and Patricia (Richard) Relleke of Granite City; 10 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.



Franklin Delano Allgood

FRANKLIN DELANO ALLGOOD (78) Of Ocala, FL.

Passed away peacefully at his home on July 8, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. Frank was born on December 30, 1936, to the late Walter and Lillie Allgood of Elizabeth, IN. Frank was the husband of Helen Stathphopoulos Allgood, to whom he was married for 51 years. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are daughter Mary Gage, sons Thomas Pauter (Tracy Vail) and Michael Pauter, five grandchildren (Johnny Gage, Anthony Gage, Matthew (Meggan) Gage, Francine Pauter, and Andrew Pauter), three great-grandchildren, and siblings David (Barbara) Allgood, Jim (Sandy) Allgood, Marilyn (Bill) Wilson, and Thelma Curry, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother William Allgood.

Frank grew up on a farm in Indiana, where he returned annually for visits and family reunions. He graduated from Bloomington University with a degree in mathematics. Frank served in the U.S. Army and had a long and rewarding career with the U.S. Information Agency (Voice of America). During Frank's career with the VOA, he and Helen traveled aboard regularly, including TDY assignments in Spain and Greece. He finally retired in 1991 yet he and Helen continued their world travels, covering over 85% of the globe. They returned to Maryland often for visits with family; he loved the history of the Washington area. Frank and Helen were active in their Greek Orthodox faith and were members of St. Raphael Orthodox church. Frank was an avid reader; always seeking to expand his knowledge. He enjoyed quiet time at the beach and sitting on his porch with a good book and listening to thunderstorms with his cat Mr. Gage, who was at his side in his final days. Frank was a sports enthusiast and was particularly fond of the Maryland Terrapins and the Washington Redskins. Frank enjoyed the simple things in life. He was a patient, kind and caring man. His family was the center of his life and they adored him. He will truly be missed by many.

Peter Buttner

Buttner, Peter J. NISKAYUNA Peter J. Buttner, 83, departed this life on Monday, April 27, 2015.

Born in Brooklyn, he was the son of the late Peter and Margaret (Flood) Buttner. After graduating from high school in Queens, Peter served in the U.S. Army in Korea during the Korean War. Subsequently he continued his education graduating from Hofstra College, acquiring his master's degree from The University of Rochester and earning a PhD in geology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Peter served as director of Environmental Management for the New York State Office of Parks and Recreation from 1974 until his retirement in 1991. He later worked as a self-employed computer consultant. Peter was a member of St. Basil's Russian Orthodox Church in Maplewood. His wide-ranging interests included fly fishing, ham radio and photography.

In his retirement years he enjoyed traveling the world with his wife, Natalia. Together they explored the Amazon, Machu Picchu, Iceland, New Zealand, China, the Alps, the Galapagos, Greece, Italy and France, as well has many interesting places in North America, all of which he documented with his brilliant photographs. When not traveling, he enjoyed spending time with friends and family at his cabin in the Adirondacks.

He is survived by his loving wife, Natalia Prajmovsky Buttner; his devoted sons, Steven Buttner (Kim Moody) of Poland, Maine, and Gregory Buttner (Darlene) of Colonie; his cherished grandchildren, Jake Buttner Moody, Johanna Buttner Moody, Stephen Gregory Buttner and Nicole Elizabeth Buttner; his dear sisters, Joan Buttner of Old Brookville and Margret Wickterman of East Falmouth, Mass., as well as several nephews and a niece. He was predeceased by his brother, Richard Buttner of Oceanside, N.Y.

2014 Eternal Memory
Albin Kaimer

Albin "Al" Kaimer, age 81, of The Villages, FL, died peacefully November 19, 2014 surrounded by his loving family and friends at The Villages Regional Hospital. Al, was born on February 5, 1933 in Bridgeport, CT to the late Albert and Jennie (Gribko) Kaimer. He served our country in the United States Army. Al was employed as a lead man for Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, CT for over 38 years. He enjoyed gardening and fishing, playing cards with his many friends and was known around his community as a handyman. Al was a faithful and devoted member of St. Raphael's Orthodox Church in Inverness, where he was actively involved in many parish projects.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 57 years, Helen Kaimer; sons, Albin (Carol) Kaimer, Jr., Brookfield, CT, Paul (Sheila) Kaimer, New Port Richey, FL, Joseph (Tracy) Kaimer, Seth, WV; daughters, Katherine (Greg) Chase, Milford, CT and Daria (Paul) Vonstein; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by a daughter Tamara Kristof.


Gary Huniak

Brother of Judy Besserman


Gregory A. "Gary" Huniak, 56, of Granite City, Illinois passed away on September 14, 2014. He was born December 10, 1957 in Granite City, a son of Patricia J. (Eck) Huniak of Granite City and the late Nick Huniak. He was a member of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church in Madison. He was an all around mechanic, loving his days of building engines or helping others in their automotive needs. He enjoyed attending drag races and cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals. He was an avid duck hunter and was a good dog trainer. Gary was a special brother and uncle to many and cherished his dog. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

In addition to his beloved mother, he is survived by six brothers and sisters, David and Carol Huniak of Granite City, Nick A. and Diana Huniak of Maryville, Cheryl and Charles Causey of Granite City, Judy and Paul Besserman of The Villages, Florida, Stephen J. Huniak of Granite City and Patricia and Richard Relleke of Granite City; many nieces; nephews; great nieces; great nephews; other extended family and many friends.

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