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 John Nicholas Ioannou

John Nicholas Ioannou

Constanta, Romania
Death 13 Jan 2017 (aged 89)
Santa Clara County, California, USA
Burial Santa Clara, Santa Clara County, California, USA
Memorial ID 175483746 · View Source
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John Nicholas Ioannou
December 7, 1927 - January 13, 2017
Resident of Santa Clara

John Nicholas Ioannou passed away on January 13th, 2017 at the age of 89 in Kaiser Hospital in Santa Clara.

He was born in Costanza, Romania on December 7, 1927 from his Greek father, Nicholas and Romanian mother Maria.

What words could best capture the spirit of this adventurous man who, at the age of 17, ventured out of Romania shortly after WW2, when he heard that Greek slave workers were being repatriated to Greece from Germany and jumped on the slave train moving through Romania with nothing.

Arriving in Greece, he joined the Greek Navy, became a radio operator and technician, and met and married Evanghelia Papastathis. Although he had a good job for the times, he saw little opportunity in Greece and being courageous, applied for sponsorship to immigrate to the US where he, Evanghelia and their two small children, Mary and Michael, settled in Bedford, Ohio in 1956.

John worked multiple jobs, learned English, went to night school at John Carrol University in Cleveland, Ohio and became an electrical engineer. He worked with diligence and honesty to assure his family a good life.

By 1962 he had become an American citizen and bought his first home. That same year he organized getting his brother Basil and his mother Maria out of Romania and into the United States.

His children, Kathy and George were born in 1964 and 1966 and at that time, John enjoyed a successful career as an electrical engineer for Picker X-Ray in Cleveland, Ohio.

Another move brought him to Santa Clara, California in 1973 to take an electrical engineering job with Varian in Palo Alto. While there, he earned patents for his work in power supplies and was provided top secret clearance for his activities in implementing night vision for B52s in the 70's.

John and Evanghelia were active members of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in San Jose where John invested his energies in the Ahepa organization. Their Koumbara and friends enjoyed various celebrations held in their home with Evanghelia's delicious home-cooked Greek dishes.

In later years, John enjoyed growing vegetables in his garden, working out at the Bay Club at Santana Row, and, as everybody knows, negotiating deals.

After he retired, he was a court interpreter in Santa Clara County for Greek and Romanian language translations. But his story does not end there. John Nicholas Ioannou has left a legacy he can be proud of honesty and diligence and pride in his children's endeavors.

His seven grandchildren, Irene Marchesini (Andrea), Giacomo Duranti (Claudia), Jonathan and David Salzetti , Troy and Ethan Ioannou, Elizabeth Ioannou and his great grand daughter Lucia Marchesini will miss their Papou, as will his children and their spouses Mary Duranti, Michael Ioannou (Sheila), Kathy Salzetti (Mike) and George Ioannou miss their Patera.

Although John was reserved in expressing his deeper feelings and thoughts, he had managed these last few years to free his story-telling spirit of a life well lived while he had diligently put his energies into caring for his beloved Evanghelia, wife of 66 years.

He will be missed by family and friends.

He is also survived by his brother Basil Ioannou (Regina) and neices Angeline Ioannou and Alicia Manocha (Dustin). A special thank you to those close friends in the Greek community for their moral support and help in organizing his funeral services.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Trisagion Service Friday, January 20, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 1260 Davis Street, San Jose. Funeral Service Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at the above Church.

Interment to follow at Mission City Memorial Park.

The family respectfully request flowers not be sent.

Donations can be made to the St. Anna Philoptochos, 986 Chapman Street, San Jose, CA 95126 In Memory of John N. Ioannou preferred.

Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Jan. 18, 2017




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