|Death: ||May 23, 2014|
Joanna Zanetakos, age 76 of Chester and formerly of Wayne died on May 23, 2014. She had lived in Wayne since 1959 and moved to Chester in 2000.
Joanna was raised in Spartanburg, South Carolina and graduated from Spartanburg High School with the class of 1955. Thereafter, she graduated from Converse College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education. As a young woman, she and her family traveled to Astoria, Queens to attend a large Spartan-Greek picnic. In addition to visiting with northern relatives, the plan was for Joanna to meet a nice boy at the festival. Joanna wasn't interested in meeting a boy from the North but her parents made her go anyway. Lo and behold, she met John Zanetakos and the two of them fell in love. They were married on August 30, 1959 and settled into their home in Wayne, N.J. soon thereafter. As a couple, they complemented each other and enjoyed forty years of loving marriage with their children, grandchildren, extended family and friends before John's passing in 1999.
Joanna was truly a transplanted southerner. She never fully lost her South Carolina accent and the occasional southern terms that rolled so smoothly off her tongue would put a smile on your face. She enjoyed history, good conversation and had a wry sense of humor. Joanna loved her grandchildren dearly and they were the light of her life. She made a point of attending their activities as often as possible and delighted in being with them and hearing stories about their accomplishments. Over the years she was also devoted to her extended family. She hosted and attended many large Greek family gatherings. They will all miss her dearly.
Surviving are her two children; Helen Zanetakos of Chester, NJ and Louis Zanetakos and his wife Marianne of Sparta, NJ, five grandchildren; Johnny Wiskow of San Diego, CA, Chloe Wiskow of Long Beach Island, NJ, Mia Wiskow of New York City, Elizabeth and Lauren Zanetakos of Sparta, NJ, and one sister; Martha Lamprinakos of Tinton Falls, NJ. She was predeceased by her beloved husband John in 1999 and by her brother Theodore Bobotes.
Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Monday, May 26, 2014 from 6-9 PM.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at the St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 818 Valley Rd., Clifton, NJ. Burial will follow at the Mount Rest Cemetery, Boonton Ave., Butler, NJ.
As expressions of sympathy, if friends so wish, donations may be made in Joanna's memory to St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 818 Valley Rd., Clifton, NJ 07013.
John L Zanetakos (1923 - 1999)*
Mount Rest Cemetery
New Jersey, USA
Created by: Linda Y
Record added: Jun 12, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 131309458