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Anastas, Rev. Theo
On Monday, November 2, 2015 Rev. Father Theo Anastas fell asleep in the Lord following several struggles with his health, and reposed peacefully at home surrounded by his family. Born on November 11, 1936, in Orlando, Florida, Father Theo came to realize his call to the priesthood as a teenager. He married Helen Gekas on July 31, 1961. Shortly thereafter, he was ordained to the Holy Diaconate on August 12, 1961, and to the Holy Priesthood on August 13, 1961. His first assignment was at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. In 1966, he had the opportunity to plant a new parish of Saint Paul Greek Orthodox Church of Royalton, Ohio. Following 19 years at Saint Paul, Father Theo accepted a new assignment at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Clearwater, Florida where he served for seven years before coming to Phoenix, Arizona to be the Dean of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, a position he held from 1991 until his retirement in 2002. He often used the phrase "from the beginning to the end, from the alpha to the omega, love is the answer" to demonstrate the healing, unifying and power of Christian love. Mourning his passing are loving wife Presvytera Helen, daughter Maria, and son Chris. He was predeceased by his son, George, his son-in-law Aaron Roblan, and his parents George and Maria. Father Theo is also survived by his brothers Mark (Elaine) from Las Vegas, Nevada, and Luke (Jan) from Clearwater, Florida. He was also very close with Presvytera Helen's family including her sister Terry (Chris) Kirkos from Chicago, IL; Pete (Joanne) Gekas from Rochester, NY; and Vickie (Denis) Fachard from Lausanne, Switzerland. Father Theo is also fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, friends, and parishioners. The funeral service and interment was held on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at Saint Anthony Greek Orthodox Monastery in Florence, Arizona.


Published in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 7, 2015
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