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CHRISTIE "CHRIS" G. STAVRETI, 73, passed away Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at home in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, he was a teacher and coach with the East Noble Schools for seven years and Fort Wayne Community Schools for 26 years at Northrop High School, retiring in 1997. He was a member of St. Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church. He graduated from South Side High School in 1957 where he participated in basketball, football and track. He played basketball and graduated from the University of Miami Florida in 1962 with a Bachelor's degree. In 1970 He earned his Masters degree from the University of St. Francis Fort Wayne. He was inducted into the South Side High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1981; was I.H.S.B.C.A. Coach of the Year and District IV Coach of the Year in 1983; nominated for National Coach of the Year in 1984; inducted into the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1991; and Northeast Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from South Side; the Charles Wilt Award and Fort Wayne Sports Corp. Award and also the Hilliard Gates Lifetime Achievement Award at the Fort Wayne Sports Corp. annual banquet. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing and his fond memories of his many beagles. He was an avid Cleveland Indians fan since 1948. More recently, a Seattle Mariners fan because former baseball player, Eric Wedge, is now the manager. Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Dorothy; daughter, Sherri Lee; brother, Carl (Alba) Stavreti all of Fort Wayne; sister-in-laws, Florence (Robert) Sordelet and Lenka (Steve) Bercot; several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Catherine Stavreti. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 at St. Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church, 3535 Crescent Ave . with calling one hour prior and Entrance prayers at 10 a.m. Fr. Andrew Jarmus officiating. Calling also from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 at D. O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road. Burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Fort Wayne, Ind. Memorials may be made to the St. Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church or Northrop Baseball Program / Stavreti Field Maintenance. To sign the online guest book, please go to

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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Nov. 19, 2012.
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November 13, 2020
A great competitor. along with Carl, at the YMCA, Little League , and Pony League in the early 1950's! We later were football team mates at Southside. A great athlete and person!
Robert Spencer
November 28, 2012
scott gidley
November 26, 2012
I was so sorry to hear about Chris. Doesn't seem that many years ago that we were all such silly kids. Those years were the beginning of Chris and Dottie. You will miss him and may God's peace and love comfort you.
In Sympathy,
Pat (Irven) Mark
November 25, 2012
Dottie and family:
We just learned about the passing of Chris. I am so glad that we had reconnected in the past year. I tried to send him stories of our life in Alaska. He loved fishing, hunting, basketball and of course baseball and so did my husband and me. He was thrilled when he set up a meeting for us to meet Eric Wedge at spring training last year. When we got home from the game, there was a note from Chris wanting to know if we met Eric?
He was a great man and human being.
Our thoughts are with you and your family.
Ron and Jean Smith
November 24, 2012
On behalf of the Officers and Board of Directors of the Northeast Indiana Baseball Association, our sincere condolences on the passing of Chris Stavreti. May he rest in peace.

Don F. Graham
NEIBA Secretary
November 23, 2012
Dottie--Many prayers,on behalf of Chris, went to God's throne. We now pray that you treasure past memories and look forward to ajoyous reunion in heaven. God's blessings and comfort.
Art Schwab
November 22, 2012
I hope to live a long time so I can continue to share the life lessons that Coach Stavreti has taught so many of us. When my day of reckoning arrives, I will look forward to trying out for Coach's team again in Heaven.
Scott Gidley
November 21, 2012
Mrs. Stavreti and Sherri:

I am so sorry for your loss. At least you now have comfort and peace knowing that he is no longer suffering. Mr. Stavreti was such a kind man. I will forever remember all the times I spent at your house and being included in family activities. Those were some of the best days of my life. He so loved the Miami Hurricanes and I loved the Irish! I will never forget that '88 game we went to. I can remember sitting in the back of the van wanting to explode with excitement but having watched his Canes fall to a heartbreaker, I thought better. You have so many wonderful memories that I pray get you through the days and weeks ahead.
Denise (Colone) Kendig
November 21, 2012
Sherri and Family,
I am very sorry for your loss. Please know that my thought and prayers are with you!
April Barasch
November 20, 2012
Dottie and Sherri,

We were so sorry to hear about Chris. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We hope your days will be filled with wonderful memories. Chris touched many lives and we were happy to have known all of you during our Northrop years.
Bill and Susie Brown
November 20, 2012

"Bog Da Go Prosti"
Larry & Tammy Popoff
November 20, 2012
Mr. Stavreti was a great man. I have been married to Roger Witte for the last 14 years and he has told me many many stories about you and Northrop. Roger enoyed being able to know you and was sad to hear of your passing. I had the priviledge to meet you one time and was so glad I could put a face to the name. May you rest in peace Mr. Stavreti. Our sympathy and prayers go out to all of Chris's family and loved ones. May God continue to keep you in his care. This from 1989 Baseball Manager- Northrop Bruins.
Roger and Kristi Witte
November 20, 2012
Dottie, Sherri and Stavreti family,
Stav will be missed by us all. He was such a great friend to our family and life-long friend to my dad. I have great memories of him cleaning fish with the skill of a surgeon. I loved getting updates from Dad on the number of bluegills he and Stav caught on many, many days of fishing... Not to mention the excellent fish frys! He will be forever remembered in his legacy at Northrop where he coached not only baseball but life lessons as well.
Brent Doerffler & Family
November 19, 2012
I'm so glad that you stopped me a couple of years ago when you were out walking the dog, Chris. It has been my pleasure to know you, and I will miss you.

Dan the Schwan's Man
November 19, 2012
Dottie and family,
So sorry to hear about Chris. My heart goes out to you.
Dave Beams
November 19, 2012
Dorothy, Sherri and family,

We're so very sorry for your loss. God bless you all during this very difficult time.

Many blessings,
Erika & Peter Costa
Erika Costa
November 19, 2012
Dorothy, Sherri and Stavreti family: Dorothy, Stav was a great guy, loved talking CLE Indians baseball with him, under our breath, near the candle stand in our church. I will never forget his "hello brachko" in the hallway at Northrop H.S. while waiting to take our son home.
When in the church social hall before the service, he made sure the coffee was on in preperation for coffee hour.
You never failed to wish him my best after church.
May he Rest in Peace, Memory Eternal. Bog Da Go Prosti!
With love,
George and Donna
George and Donna Gosheff
November 19, 2012
CARL,DOT,and families
Starting back in the mid 50's in the Barr/ Lafayette neighborhood,through school years to spring break at Seista Keys in resent years.Always seeing his smiling face and warm welcome.Pain took it's place but our Lord has defeated that.
Our thought's and prayers are with you all.......GENE/JUNE BEGHTEL
November 19, 2012
Chris was such a kind man. The world is a better place today because of Chris
Janel Denny
November 19, 2012
Dottie, Carl and the Stavreti Family. Please know that we have you in our thoughts and prayers. Chris was super teammate, a good friend and a special person. He will be missed by all, but at least he is at peace. All the best to the Stavreti family during this trying time.

Ken and Carol Allen
Kendall Allen
November 19, 2012
Dottie and family, i am so sorry to hear about Chris passing away. I've been down in Florida for a couple weeks, but my thoughts and prayers are withe you, your daughter, Carl, and all the family.
Chuck Laurie
November 19, 2012
Dot, Carl, and family
You have my deepest sympathy! May God continue to bless and comfort you!

Bob Spencer
November 19, 2012
Dottie & family: I am so sorry for your loss. I had hoped to see you at the reunion, but learned that Chris was ill.
Roberta Buck Kocher
November 19, 2012
There are many memories from childhood that I hold in my heart about Chris. He grew into a fine man, beloved by Fort Wayne people and many others. I'm glad his pain is over. May yours be eased by each other and the wonderful memories you have.
Judy (Clark) Borchardt
November 19, 2012
Sherri and Family, We are so sorry to hear about the death of your loved one. We pray you will find comfort and peace in the loving arms of God.
Keith and Yvette Nichols
November 19, 2012
So sorry about your loss. I will be thinking about and praying for you Sherri.
Julie Meyers
November 19, 2012
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
LeRoy & Kathy Samra
November 19, 2012
From Marco Island, FL
November 19, 2012
Dottie, Sherri and family: My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Although we on earth have a great loss, God officially has his third base Coach!
Love, Sam DiPrimio and family
November 19, 2012
Dottie, Carl, and family,

We lost a friend and a team mate - a person who truly made a difference in the lives of people with whom he came in contact. Bev and will miss Chris very much. You are in our prayers.
Dan & Bev Howe
November 18, 2012
With much saddness, we have lost a great human being in Chris. We will miss his humor, his wise words. I'm sure there will be a great table of eucker waiting for you to step in and win the pot. The biggest fish is waiting to be caught by you and the hole in one! May God's eternal light shine on you..and Bless you. You will be in our hearts forever. We will watch over Dottie along with you and God. See you later!
Bonnie Holloway
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