December 25, 1933 - November 16, 2017
Christos Philip Kartsonis Mr. Christos (Chris) Philip Kartsonis, 83, of Hamilton NJ, died peacefully on Thursday, November 16, 2017, at his home in Hamilton, New Jersey. He leaves his wife of 53 years, Maria Skarmountsos Kartsonis; his son, Philip C. Kartsonis and his wife, Kathleen P. Kartsonis; his son, Nicholas A. Kartsonis, and his wife, Cynthia D. Smith; 5 grandchildren (Margaret, Christopher, Maria, Samuel, and Jack); and many friends. He is also survived by 3 younger siblings, including his sister, Sylvia Andriopoulos; his brother, Demetrios Kartsonis (and his wife, Demetra); and his sister, Niki Dalamangas (and her husband, Rev. Father Chrisostomos). He is also survived by his brother-in-law, George Skarmountsos (and his wife, Efstathia) and many nephews and nieces. He joins his parents and one older brother, Athanasios, who have preceded him. Chris was born on December 25, 1933, in Leontarion (Arcadia), Greece, to Philip and Politimi Kartsonis. Following his childhood in Leontarion, Chris moved to Athens, where he served honorably in the Greek Army. Following completion of his service, Chris attended trade school to learn to become an electrician. Seeking a better life from the tumultuous situation in post-war Greece, Chris immigrated to the United States in 1959, where he joined his parents and siblings. He eventually settled in Northern New Jersey, after having spent time in Jacksonville. He met Maria, and they eventually married on October 11, 1964. As an impoverished immigrant, Chris never shied away from hard work. He worked multiple jobs, taught himself to speakEnglish, and mastered the art oftailoring. He eventually saved enough money to purchase his own dry cleaningshop in Washington Heights, New York. Over the next 3 decades, he owned other similar businesses in Jacksonville, Florida, and in Avenel, New Jersey, until he retired at the age of 62. Following retirement, he settled in Hamilton, New Jersey, where he spent much time near his family and friends. Throughout his life, Chris took immense pleasure and pride in his role as a family man. He was a devoted husband, a caring father, and a doting grandfather. He enjoyed collecting old coins, playing backgammon and bocce, and watching soccer and baseball. He remained a steadfast Mets fan, always hopeful that the next year would bring a World Series championship once again. Chris embodied the work ethic,tenacity, and hopeful spirit espoused by all immigrants. A visitation will take place on Monday, November 20, 2017 from 10AM-11AM at the St. George Greek Orthodox Church, at 1200 Klockner Road, in Hamilton, New Jersey. A funeral service will take place at 11AM at the church following the visitation. Memorial contributions in Chris' memory may be made to the Charitable Foundation of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), or St. George Greek Orthodox Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Murphy Funeral Home, 1863 Hamilton Avenue, Hamilton. For more information please visit our website at www.murphyfh.com.
Christos Philip Kartsonis Mr. Christos (Chris) Philip Kartsonis, 83, of Hamilton NJ, died peacefully on Thursday, November 16, 2017, at his home in Hamilton, New Jersey. He leaves his wife of 53 years, Maria Skarmountsos Kartsonis; his son,... View Obituary & Service Information
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