Zoe A. Sirinakis (1929 - 2014)

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Zoe Amprazis Sirinakis, 85, of Westminster fell asleep in the Lord on Monday, December 29th 2014, at Carroll County Hospital. Born September 16th 1929 in Westminster, Maryland, she was the first child of Vasiliki (Bessie) and Aristidis (Harry) Amprazis. In 1933, when Zoe was only 4 years old, Harry and Bessie moved back to Greece to live in their home town of Trikala, in north-central Greece. Staying in Trikala throughout World War II, they used all of their savings to survive as the town was occupied first by the Italian army and later by the Germans. Their home became a local command center for the German army.

Zoe returned to Westminster in 1946, as a teenager and while she hoped to finish high school, her parents needed her to work full-time in their new restaurant, Harry's Lunch, at 54 West Main Street. With no time for formal schooling, Zoe signed up for the few evening courses available at that time.

In June 1958, Zoe married a Greek merchant marine, George D. Sirinakis, who joined his new family at Harry's Lunch, working full-time with his bride. In 1959, Zoe and George bought Harry's Lunch from her parents and in July 1976 they moved the restaurant to its present location, 65 West Main Street in Westminster. In 1987, after 28 years together running Harry's Lunch, Zoe and George Sirinakis decided to retire and in 1990 sold the business to their son, Harry, and it is now known as Harry's Main Street Grille. They were also the owners of Harry's Sub Shop from 1976 to 2010. Zoe and George, who wished they could have finished high school, proudly saw all their children graduate from college and achieve business success.

Zoe enjoyed life to the fullest. After their retirement, she and her husband traveled extensively through Europe, the Caribbean and the US. Her Greek heritage was important to her. She spent their summers in Greece at the family home filled with family and friends. She was an excellent cook and passed on her Greek recipes, love of cooking and traditions to her children. She loved to dance and would often lead the Tsamiko, a traditional Greek dance, at family gatherings. In her later years Zoe enjoyed crocheting and had a particular affinity for making blankets and scarves for her loved ones. She kept her mind active doing word search puzzles and could always remember important dates and the stories that went with them. She was an active participant in exercise classes at the Senior Center where she made new friends in recent years.

Surviving are sons and daughter-in-laws James G. and Dawn Sirinakis, of Crownsville, and A. Harry and Rebecca Sirinakis, of Westminster; a daughter, Kyparissia K. Sirinakis, of Bethesda; grandchildren Alexandra, Aristidis, Nicholas and Michael Sirinakis and Andrew Essman. She was predeceased by her parents, Vasiliki and Aristidis Amprazis; her husband, George Sirinakis; a sister, Effie Zuck and a brother, Chris Amphrazis.

The family will receive friends on Friday, Jan 2nd 2015 from 2 to 4 PM and 6 to 8 PM at Pritts Funeral Home & Chapel, 412 Washington Road, Westminster. A Eulogy and Orthodox funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday at the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Raphael Barberg officiating. Interment will be in Westminster Cemetery immediately following the service. Memorial contributions may be sent to St. James Orthodox Church, 37 South Cranberry Road, Westminster, MD 21157.

Funeral Home
Pritts Funeral Home
412 Washington Road
Westminster, MD 21157
Published in Carroll County Times on Dec. 31, 2014
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