Lewis Peter Gundunas|
May 14, 1930 - June 13, 2014A Resident of Half Moon Bay, Lewis Peter Gundunas died peacefully on June 13, 2014 after an eight - year battle with prostate cancer.
A Greek renaissance man, "Louie" Gundunas whose parents were from Greece, was the owner/headliner of the famed Balkan Village in Los Altos which opened in 1962 for two decades.
A superb showman, Louie's larger-than-life personality and acrobatic talent landed him in the Broadway cast of "Zorba", Merv Griffin Show, What's My Line, and the Ed Sullivan Show, who he lifted on his table. "I finally got the table I wanted," said Sullivan. Louie's special talent of 'picking up the table with his teeth and dancing is memorable to this day.
He met the beautiful nurse Peggy Jo (Weaver) on a blind date while serving in the Navy. They married in November 1955 and raised four children Peter, Susan, Rebekah and Kristina.
In 2011, Mr. Gundunas was honored by the Elios Society for his charitable work in the Greek American community. Louie was also a member of the Bohemian Club in San Francisco.
He is survived by his wife Peggy Jo Gundunas, their children; Peter Gundunas of Alaska, Susan Gundunas of San Francisco, Rebekah Gundunas of Burlingame and Kristina Gundunas-Smith of Wilton, son in-law, Scott Smith, daughter in law, Rebecca Gundunas and six grandchildren; Rachel Gundunas, Nathan and Matthew Avery, Korrina, Serrina and Tanner Smith. He is also survived by his sisters, Irene Papadakis of Fresno, Caroline Liviakis of Ross and brother Constantine Gundunas of San Jose.
The Funeral Service is Thursday, June 19 at 10:00am at The Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross, 900 Alameda De Las Pulgas, Belmont CA 94022
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to The
and donations be made to the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church of San Jose and the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church of Belmont.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 18, 2014