|Birth: ||Aug. 16, 1886|
North Aegean, Greece
|Death: ||Dec. 30, 1957|
Parents: George & Maria (Neamonitakis) Kalamaras
Siblings: Irini, Antonia, Hypatia, Michael, and Marianthi.
He travelled to the United States on board the SS Konig Albert which departed from Naples and arrived at the port of New York in Jun 1910. His traveling companions were several men from Dafnonas, including Konstantinos Lambrinoudis, Michael Koutsouradis, Pantelis Misiriotis, Georgios Manolias and Georgios Neamonitakis. He was going to his friend Mike Stupakis at 859 Schoonmaker Avenue in Monessen, Pennsylvania. Due to a need for men to serve during World War I, the United States instituted a draft. At the third registration, John filled out a draft card on 12 Sep 1918. He was employed at his confectionery store. John was listed on the 1920 Census recorded Jan 1920 at 409 McKean Avenue in Charleroi, Pennsylvania. He was a border in the household of Harry E. Arrison and was employed as a fruit merchant. On 10 Oct 1920, he married Helen Katerjoglou, daughter of John and Kyriaki Katerjoglou, in Charleroi. The ceremony was performed by Reverend Charalambos Mathrou. John was listed as the head of household on the 1930 Census. As of 5 Apr 1930, together with his wife Helen, he lived at 325 Fallowfield Avenue in Charleroi. John is listed as a fruit store merchant. In 1942, John stood 5 feet 1 inch, weighed 170 pounds, had brown eyes, grey hair, a ruddy complexion and was still self-employed. He registered for the draft for World War II on 27 Apr 1942. In 1957, John and Helen resided at 427 Fallowfield Avenue in Charleroi. He died on 30 Dec 1957 of extended illness at Charleroi-Monessen Hospital and was buried at Grandview Cemetery in Monessen. The obituary described him as a spiritually active member of St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church of Monessen who served on their council for more than a decade. The Patriarch once presented him with a scroll which acknowledged his efforts on behalf of the church and this became one of John's prized possessions. Additionally, he donated $3000 for new church chandeliers, funded the newsletter called "Little Fos", paid another $3000 for the privilege of opening the door with a golden key and he donated $5000 when the church found itself in financial difficulty. In 1962, a local newspaper revealed that Reverend Ioakim Isidorides, pastor of Saint Spyridon, dedicated the final chapter of his book "One Glory, One Life," to John. The chapter, titled "One Modest Benefactor," discussed John's personality and good deeds.
Helen Katerjoglou Kalamaras (1892 - 1969)*
Created by: Pinidion
Record added: Feb 15, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8388448
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