Angelo Fanos, 92, passed away at home surrounded by his family on Monday, September 16, 2013.|
He was born January 21, 1921, in Lockeford, to Panagis "Peter" Fanos and Olivia Fanos, who immigrated from the Island of Kefalonia in Greece. With the exception of his military service and the period immediately following, he spent his entire life in the Lodi area. He attended Harmony Grove and Turner Schools and graduated from Lodi High School in 1939, distinguishing himself as a Grand National Champion Quarter Horse Judge. He attended the University of California at Davis, working at his uncle's grocery store, in the celery fields of Yolo County, and as a trainer, green-breaking wild horses to pay for his tuition.
In 1940, he met the love of his life, Esther Breiwick of Tacoma, Washington, and they married in Lodi on August 2, 1942. On August 2, 2013, they celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary. On September 13th he attended his 74th high school reunion.
He served in World War II in North Africa and Italy, the 5th Army, 602nd Quartermaster Depot, as staff sergeant in charge of graves registration and recovery of the dead from September 1942 to December 1945. After mustering out, Angelo apprenticed in carpentry in the San Francisco Bay Area and worked as a journeyman there before returning to Lodi in 1950 to take over his father's dairy in 1950. He remained here for the rest of his life. Later he owned and operated a ranch of his own while working as a laboratory technician for four creameries from Stockton to Sacramento. In the 1960s he became a general contractor and later a realtor. He built and remodeled nearly one hundred residences, schools, fire departments, municipal buildings and churches.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 22, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the International Order of Oddfellows. He served for more than 15 years with the Lodi Police Partners, and for more than 10 years with the San Joaquin Sheriff's S.T.A.R.S, leaving that post at the age of 91.
He is survived by his devoted partner in life, Esther Fanos, with whom he sat on the porch swing in the backyard for hours every day, holding hands; his loving daughters, Connie Fanos and Jeanne Sullivan (Michael); his grandsons Mark (Elyse) Kundert, Daniel Sullivan, and Matthew Quaill, and great-grandchildren, Ryder, Jayla and Sevyn Quaill.
He is also survived by his sister, Tula Fanos Stephenson, of Sunnyvale, CA, his cousins Carol Roseberry and Nancy Field of Lodi, and numerous nieces and nephews.
His family is eternally grateful to Marrielle Virramontes for her compassionate and loving care of Angelo and Esther, and for the blessing she was and is to their lives.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 11 a.m., at Zion Reformed Church at 105 S. Ham Lane.
Angelo loved honey. He put it in his coffee and on his toast or cereal every morning of his life. He had always wanted honey hives in his backyard. Donations in his memory may be made in the form of a Gift of Honeybees through Heifer International, his favorite charity, at or by telephone at 855-948-6437 (855-9HUNGER).
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Sept. 24 to Oct. 1, 2013