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Georgia M. Vlahos

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Georgia M. Vlahos

November 8, 1943 - August 15, 2014

In loving memory of Georgia Vlahos (Miss Vlahos) a lifelong resident of San Leandro, who was granted angel wings on August 15, 2014. She fought a valiant battle with cancer over 17 years. She was born in San Leandro, youngest daughter of Mike and Antonia Vlahos, owners of Blue Bird Sweet Shop and then Plaza Tavern in San Leandro. She graduated from San Leandro High School in 1961 and then attended Cal-State Hayward, a Speech/Drama major with an English minor. In the summer of 1968, she arrived at St. Joseph's Boys High School to interview for her first teaching job. She was to become the speech teacher and coach the debate team. With interest in debate waning she focused her talents in Drama and directed many plays and taught English at St. Joseph Notre Dame. Soon she realized she was spending more time helping students with personal problems so she returned to school to complete her Master's Degree in Counseling. She was a teacher and counselor, dearly loved and appreciated by her students, she taught at St. Josephs' Notre Dame for 38 years (1968-2006). She said, "Laughter is what gets me through the day". Georgia was a vibrant light and her brightness and love filled up the room, she was an inspiration to her family, friends, and many students whose lives are forever touched by her love, boundless energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and witty sense of humor. She had a dazzling personality and brought happiness, laughter and smiles to all. She won the hearts and souls of all she met. Though she never married or had children of her own, her love of mankind and the thousands of students who were touched by her loving care and attention; she gave her best every day to all who were lucky enough to encounter her. Whether you knew her 5 minutes, 5 years, or 50 years, her deep compassion and love of all overcame you with a sense of belonging and understanding. She impacted so many lives. She was the life of the party: loved theater, music, books-especially -science fiction, movies, swimming, singing, dancing and to travel; as well as her coffee friends at Zocalo's. She traveled to Europe many times but her favorite was her Greek parent's village of Kyparissi. She leaves behind her greatest hopes, dreams and joy to her family, friends and students. She had a way of making you feel you were the most important person in the world and she left this world a better place by her love, deep care and concern. We will miss and cherish the wonderful memories you gave us and you will remain forever in our hearts. She is survived by her sister, Anne Sarris of San Jose, Clara Meniktas of Castro Valley. Aunt to Dede De Michele and Toni Kalogrides of San Jose, Anna Meniktas-Edwards of Concord, Dean Meniktas of Moraga and Michael Meniktas of San Francisco. Great Aunt to Marty De Michele, Maria Indalos, Joey and JR De Michele, Demetra Kalogrides, Alex Kalogrides, Georgia Barnes, Alexandra Meniktas, Natalie Meniktas, Claire Meniktas, and Melina Meniktas. Please join us in celebrating the Life and Times of Georgia Vlahos. Family, friends and former students are invited to attend the Trisagion (Wake) Service on Thursday, August 21, at 6 pm and the funeral memorial service on Friday, August 22nd at 10:30 am. Both services will be held at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension on at 4700 Lincoln Avenue in Oakland, California. All are invited to the luncheon to follow after the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to St. Joseph Notre Dame Tuition Endowment Fund 1011 Chestnut Street, Alameda CA 94501; Breast Cancer Fund 1388 Sutter Street #400 San Francisco, CA 94109; or the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension. In the memo of the section of your check please note "In Memory of Georgia Vlahos". Please visit www. Santos-Robinson.com for details regarding the service, celebration and sign guest book. Please feel free to sign the Memories book and add any memories or photos of Georgia. If you are planning on attending the Luncheon after the Memorial Service it would be greatly appreciated if you would notify the family by sending an email to AnnaMeniktas@comcast.net.

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Aug. 19 to Aug. 20, 2014
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