Christos Aristidis Fotias passed away Thursday, July 5, 2012, in Visalia, CA, at the age of 97. He was born April 29, 1915, to Aristidis Daniel Fotias and Christina Limbero-poulou, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was always interested in languages, and graduated from the University of Michigan, with a B.A. in History, and an M.A. in Spanish. He married the love of his life, Olga Elizabeth Skareas, June 5, 1948, in the Greek Orthodox Church in San Diego, CA. They moved to Visalia, shortly afterwards, and in 1949, Chris began teaching Spanish at the College of the Sequoias, where he also was the Chess Club Advisor. He retired 34 years later in 1983. In May, 1955, he received a Life Diploma from the State of California. Chris was a faithful member of St. Paul's Anglican Church in Visalia, CA. His favorite Bible passage was "Jesus is Lord." He lived his faith with joy and simplicity, and was a very generous donor to many charities. Olga, his wife of 55 years, died July 22, 2003. His three sisters, Vivian, Maria, and Athanasia, and one brother, Nicholas, pre-deceased him. He leaves behind friends and neighbors who think of him fondly and will miss him. The Funeral Service will be held Thursday, July 12, 2012, at 10 AM, at St. Paul's Anglican Church, at the corner of Hall and Center in Visalia, CA. Private inurnment will be at the Campo Santo Columbarium, in Oakhurst, CA. Any memorials may be to one's favorite charity.
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Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on July 10, 2012