John George Sofikitis

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John George Sofikitis, age 77, formerly of Brookfield, Ohio, and Cumming, passed into the arms of our Lord on Nov. 26, 2011, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Sept. 21, 1934, and lived his childhood on the island of Naxos, Greece.
At age 24, he chose to further his education in the United States of America, of which he was most patriotic and proud to be blessed with citizenship in 1966.
Gifted with an invaluable work ethic and passion for education, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1964 from Youngstown State University and subsequently a master of education degree at Westminster College in 1970. He began his 30-year career as a science instructor in the Fowler-Vienna School District in Vienna, Ohio, in 1965 and became the high school principal in 1968 before retiring in July of 1995.
Throughout his life he was an active member of his church, the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Farrell, Pa., and most recently a member of Sts. Raphael, Nicholas and Irene Greek Orthodox Church in Cumming.
He was a beloved and dedicated family man and lifelong educator.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Giorgios Ioannis Sofikitis and Andreani S. Adamopoulos, both of Greece; in-law parents, Panagiotis Ioannis Caravolias and Irene P. Caravolias, both of Farrell, Pa.; and nephew, Patrick Nudds of the U.K.
He is survived by his cherished wife of 51 years, Stamatia C. Sofikitis; daughter and son-in-law, Irene Sofikitis and A.J. Williams of Lilburn; son and daughter-in-law, George John and Anna Sofikitis of Alpharetta; his adored granddaughter, Stamatia (Stami) Williams, attending Kennesaw State University; beloved sisters, Flora S. Rinaldi and son Carmine of New York, and Mary N. Sofikitis of Naxos and her daughter Lorraine of the U.K.; stepgrandchildren, Jeremy F. and Allyson N. Williams, attending North Georgia College and State University; and his beloved nephew, Jim Stephanopoulos and family of Lilburn.
The funeral service will be conducted at Sts. Raphael, Nicholas and Irene Greek Orthodox Church in Cumming Thursday, Dec. 1, at 11 a.m. with interment to follow at Sawnee View Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions made in honor of his life and spirit be forwarded to John George Sofikitis Memorial Fund, Sts. Raphael, Nicholas and Irene Greek Orthodox Church, 3074 Bethelview Road, Cumming, GA 30040.
Condolences may be made at www.ingramfuneralhome.com.
Ingram Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in ForsythNews.com from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2, 2011