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GATZOLIS, JONI F. Joni F. Gatzolis passed away at Sharp Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her beloved husband and family, on January 25, 2013, after suffering a stroke. Joni was a triplet born May 24, 1954, in Prescott, Arizona, to Robert and Delores Kelley. Her family lived in many places during her father's service as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. The family finally settled in Point Loma where Joni and her five siblings grew up. Joni attended local schools and graduated from Point Loma High School, Class of 1972. When Joni was 20 years of age, she was named Miss Boat Show San Diego and the triplets were presented with opportunities in modeling and print advertising. Instead of pursuing a career, Joni decided to marry the love of her life, Pete Gatzolis and raise a family. Pete and Joni were blessed with three beautiful daughters, Tonya, Kathrin and Sabrina. The three daughters blessed Pete and Joni with nine grandchildren, Kelley Fay, Brett, Clint, Ila, Carlos, Celeste, Makayla, Niko and Aiyana. They were the greatest joy in Joni's life. Joni loved her job at Sharp Memorial Hospital and loved all the wonderful people she worked with. Joni was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Kelley and Delores Kelley Harp. She is survived by her loving husband Pete, daughters, Tonya Petersen-Crady, Kathrin Fairman (Travis) and Sabrina Gatzolis, her nine grandchildren, triplet sisters, Judy Kelley and Jeanne Kelley, sister Terry O'Malley (Larry), brothers Mike Kelley (Penny), Jimmy Kelley and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Joni will be greatly missed by her immediate and extended family and many friends. Visitation will be held Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, from 4-8 p.m. with a Trisagion at 6:30 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at St. Demetrios Chapel at El Camino Memorial Park, 5600 Carroll Canyon Road, San Diego, California 92121, on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 1:00 p.m. Funeral Arrangements under the direction of El Camino Memorial - Sorrento Valley Chapel (858) 453-2121.

Published in U-T San Diego on Jan. 29, 2013
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