Still a bit surreal, so am, for now, erring on the side of reference and organization. Safe to say that everyone that knows me knows my yia yia, family matriarch, always the classiest person in the room. Her published obituary is below, the hardest-fastest thing I've ever written. I've also pdf'ed the Syracuse.com guest book, which closes May 12th.
Before my thesis dinner, May 14, 2005
Razbari Sumthing gig, June 2, 2006
Joanne C. Allis, 83, of Syracuse, beloved sister, mother, and "yia yia" to her grandsons and many who knew her, passed away on Wednesday. A life-long resident of Syracuse, she retired after 30 years as an administrative assistant from the Department of Social Services, was a volunteer for Meals-On-Wheels, and worked at Taylor Copy Services up to the beginning of this month.
A life-long member of St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, she was a Sunday School Teacher, member and former president of The Philoptochos Society, a member of The Daughters of Penelope, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Syracuse Ahepa House.
She is survived by are her brothers and sisters-in-law Olympia (DeWitt), Robert (Syracuse), Gus and Claudia (Jamesville), and George and Elaine (North Syracuse) Constas and their families; her sons and daughters-in-law John and Maria of Jamesville and Christopher and Cynthia of Liverpool; four grandsons, Christopher of Los Angeles, Dr. Damian and Gregory of Syracuse, and Nicholas of Liverpool, and many, many cousins, godchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband George Allis in 1970, sister-in-law Jean in 2003 and brother Nicholas Constas in 1991.
Funeral Services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church. Burial will be at Oakwood Morningside Cemetery in Syracuse. Calling hours are Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Greenleaf Funeral Home Inc. 503 W. Onondaga St. Syracuse.