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MANCHESTER -- Catherine Yonkers, 69, of Manchester, formerly of East Northport, Long Island, N.Y., passed away May 19, 2007, at the Bennington Health and Rehabilitation Center. Catherine was born on June 26, 1937, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of Dennis and Lena (Zamboonie) Gitsas.

Catherine was a registered nurse, giving 20 years of dedicated service with the Northport Veterans Hospital in Long Island, N.Y. She was published in “Who’s Who in Nursing” and championed disabled rights.

She is survived by her children and grandchildren; daughter Mary Stellakis Tinker and Troy Buonasera; and grandchildren Erica and Nikki Olsen all of Manchester; son Gregory Stephen “Rocky” Stellakis of Cape Cod, Mass.; son Dennis William Yonkers and grandson Dennis Bruno Yonkers and his mother and her friend Barbara Alessi; her sister Helen Stratakis of Greenlawn, N.Y.; her brothers and their wives, Alexander “Sonny” and Marie Gitsas and Dennis and Inghke Gitsas all of Somers Point, N.J.; James and Janice Gitsas of Florida. She is also survived by her beloved aunts and their husbands Mary and Steve Gannis and Angelica and John Vlamis all of Woodside, N.Y., and her uncle Nicholas Gitsas of Plattsburgh, N.Y., and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. She was predeceased by her uncle John Gitsas.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 23, 2007, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church at 2 p.m. The family will receive friends at the Brewster Funeral Home 34 Park Place Manchester, on Wednesday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the BBA Access Program, Meals on Wheels or The Bart Center in care of Brewster Funeral Service PO Box 885 Manchester, VT 05255. For directions or to send personal e-mail condolences to the family please visit http://www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 23, 2007
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