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Kosmas George  Andritsakis
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Kosmas G. Andritsakis
February 8, 1932 – February 10, 2018

Kosmas George Andritsakis passed away peacefully at home at the age of 86, with his family by his side. Kosmas was born in Sparta, Greece (Vassara) in 1932 to George and Panayiota Andritsakis. He grew up in Greece and his education was cut short by WWII and the Greek Civil War that followed. At the age of 19, with an elementary school education, he came to the U.S. seeking better opportunities than were available in war-torn Greece. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, learned English, and served in Germany during the Korean War.

After his honorable discharge from the Army, Kosmas attended vocational school and earned licenses in plumbing, welding and sheet metal work. He returned to Greece in 1957, married Anastasia Stathopoulos, and together they immigrated to the U.S. and lived in Idaho and Utah, where they had four daughters. The family moved to California in 1975, and Kosmas realized his goal of owning his own business. He opened a sheet metal works shop in Riverbank, California, which he operated with Anastasia for over 30 years.

Kosmas was a modest man who led a humble life. He brought his “old country” work ethic to his business and his clients praised him as a “master of metal.” He helped those in need, accepting walnuts, honey and other goods from clients who couldn’t pay. And he had clients who returned years later to pay when they could afford it. He worked in good faith, and he had faith in the goodness of people. He created everything from rotisserie barbecues, heating/air ducts, and church steeples, to playground equipment for his grandchildren.

Kosmas was a devoted husband, father and papou (grandpa). His long hours of work allowed him to give his children the education and opportunities he never had. He was always ready with his toolbox and could fix anything, in his own home and those of his daughters. He enjoyed taking his grandchildren to the zoo, state fair, and local parades.

Kosmas is survived by his wife of 60 years, Anastasia, his four daughters: Poita Cernius (William) of Newport Beach, and Katherine Kaminski (Bruce), Helen Andritsakis and Georgia Andritsakis, all of Elk Grove, as well as seven grandchildren: Ariana, Jason, Andrew and Natalie Cernius; and Mark, John, and Kristina Kaminski; and his brother Nick Andritsakis (Despina) and nephew George Andritsakis of Utah, and other relatives in Greece. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Eleni Stavrakos, and brother Pete Andritsakis.

Trisagion Services will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at St. Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church, 9165 Peets Street, Elk Grove, CA 95758. Funeral services will be held at St. Katherine’s on Friday, February 16th at 10:00 a.m.

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7:00 PM
St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church

9165 Peets Street
Elk Grove , CA 95758

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10:00 AM
St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church

9165 Peets Street
Elk Grove , CA 95758

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