PETER C. KOSTANTACOS, 88 ROCKFORD - Peter C. Kostantacos, 88, passed away Monday morning in Provena St. Anne Center after a lingering illness. He was born Feb. 14, 1924, in Rockford, the son of Charles and Metaxia (Heotis) Kostantacos. He attended Rockford schools and in 1942 he enrolled in Beloit College
. Shortly after, he enlisted in the Army
Air Corps Reserve. After one semester, he received his notice to report to active duty. Peter became a B17 pilot assigned to the 31st Bomber Group of the 15th Air Force. While co-piloting a return from a mission over Yugoslavia in 1945, his plane took enemy fire and went down in the Adriatic Sea. Of the 10 crew members, Peter was one of seven survivors to raft to a nearby island. They all were eventually brought back safely, and he flew 11 more missions. After the war, he returned to Beloit College, became a Life Loyal member of Sigma Chi Fraternity and received his undergraduate degree in 1948. He enrolled in University of Michigan
and received his law degree in 1952. He was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1952. Soon thereafter, he was hired by the firm of Thomas and Davis in the Talcott Building, where he maintained his law practice for almost 60 years. Among his valued clients were Rock Valley College, Woodward, Clinton Electronics, HCI and many fine individuals and their families. He was instrumental in establishing the Rock Valley Community College District. He served there as the attorney for the Board of Trustees for many years. Peter was honored in 2011 with the naming of the Peter C. Kostantacos Lobby in the Karl J. Jacobs Center for Science and Math at Rock Valley College. He was a former Republican precinct committeeman. Later he chaired the Winnebago County Republican Central Committee for several years. In 1968, Peter was named assistant attorney general for Winnebago County for the Inheritance Tax Division. He was honored by his peers with the prestigious Seeley P. Forbes Memorial Award in 2009. He served on numerous boards and developed many lasting friendships. He proudly served on the Etnyre Board of Directors for many years. He was a member of the Masonic Order and Tebala Shrine. Peter was proud of his Greek heritage and his faith deeply rooted in the Orthodox Church. A devoted member of St. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, he served several terms on the Parish Council in various offices. He received the honored Medal of St. Paul from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in 1998. Peter is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Pauline Koplos; children, Charles Kostantacos of Rockford, Tasha (Norman) Olsen of Portsmouth, N.H., Angelique (David) Stuckey of Machesney Park and Gregory (Maria) Kostantacos of Caledonia; grandchildren Alexander and Andrew Stuckey, Peter G. Kostantacos, and Elizabeth and Alessandria Grisanzio; and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents, a brother and two sisters. The family would like to thank the staff of OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center and Provena St. Anne Center for their care and compassion. Visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 14, in St. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 108 N. Fifth St., Rockford with Trisagion service afterward. Funeral at 11 a.m. Friday, June 15, in St. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, with Fr. Demetrios Kounavis, Fr. Theodore Poteres and Fr. John Artemas officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107. Online condolences at www.sundbergfh.com
. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the church.