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Condolence From: Dianne Tzouras

A Tribute to Our Beloved Johnny Synod (January 2, 1954 - December 16, 2017)

January 1, 1955 was the 75th birthday and name day (it being St. Basil’s Day) of our grandfather, Papou Basilios Zoyes, who lived one more week after that festive celebration. It was also the wedding anniversary of Papou and our maternal grandmother, Yiayia Alexandra Boustros Zoyes. On that day, John William Synod (Ιοάννης Βασίλιος Συνόδος, Ioannis Basilios Synodos in Greek and named after his father and papou), one day short of his first birthday, was draped in diaper and banner as the 1955 New Years Baby. John was baptized and chrismated as an Orthodox Christian in the name of the Holy Trinity with my mother Elle Zoyes Tzouras as his aunt-nouna-godmother-sponsor, while I, Dianne (Konstantina) Tzouras, at nine years of age, stood beside her and recited, in the original Greek, the Nicene Creed, the Pistevo, written in 325 AD at the First Ecumenical Synod.
Elle and Bessie (Basiliki, the female version of Basilios) Zoyes Synod were our mothers and the sisters of Dinny (Evergenia) Zoyes Anton. These three amazing women united our family, talking daily on the phone, sharing news and love, long before computers or Facebook existed.

Johnny’s musical talent was apparent as he sang «Que Sera Sera, Whatever Will Be Will Be» in English and a little Italian at age four. His memorable smile and voice were matched by a sincere and caring character. Wise with words and ideas, he was bright and also a bit daring. At St. Nick’s camp in the woods in Mio, Michigan, I was a counselor for the girls including my sister Angel Athena Tzouras and my cousin, Johnny’s sister Denise Synod; these girls (women now) are spiritually linked by both having been baptized in the same water on the same day (November 8, 1952). Johnny and brother Jimmy (Demetrios) were campers that week too. At camp, much to the counselors’ dismay, Johnny stuck his hand into a beehive, just to show he could, and he survived without a hospital visit.

When eldest brother Michael John Synod died (at age 18 in 1968) a hero in Vietnam, a heavy burden, a devastation, fell upon Johnny, Jimmy, and Denise for a long time and finally, by prayer and effort, it was replaced by faith, hope and love.

On a brighter note, John met his lifetime soulmate, Anna Commisso, full of goodness and pure of heart, when she was a mere child and he was a teen, and then ten years later they wed. The night of his wedding to his darling spouse, John promised he’d come to Philly to paint my house. So after the honeymoon they dutifully appeared in the City of Brotherly Love. Back to the song, the boy asks «Will there be rainbows day after day?» and in real time, Anna painted me a pastel rainbow that remains on my curved bathroom wall to this day. Their paint job on my house was terrific, in fact, so good that they summoned equally helpful and talented Jimmy so they could continue painting the whole neighborhood. Besides painting, John had another gift, that of patiently finding, refinishing and turning discards into antique treasures. He also had the interesting, European-style habit of eating his salad an hour or so after his evening meal, perhaps because all his grandparents came from abroad.
For a few beautiful years, John, Jim, and Anna made Germantown, Philadelphia their home, until after the birth of smiling Philly-girl Stephania Ann and artistic Michael John (named after his hero uncle with whom he shared the same birthday). Back again in Michigan, the kids were in school, John learned to use more tools, and Anna laid down the rules. As time passed, and four delightful and much adored grandsons came on the scene, Johnny and Anna reaped the fruit of their labors. Johnny mellowed, and his best self came through. God, family, diligence, laughter and music were each important in Johnny’s life, a true example for us all to follow.

John’s journey toward the Truth, the Light, and the Way
Has drawn him closer to the Lord, I pray.
May we all find comfort in His Merciful Grace
And discover ourselves in our Father’s loving embrace.

With heartfelt love and prayers,

Dianne and Jimmy
December 20, 2017

A Parenthesis (a Greek word, Gr.)

In the Orthodox Christian mindset, when someone dies we feel Joyful Sorrow (Gr., Harmolepe). Why? We’re sorrowful as we grieve for the physical loss of our loved one at death, which is the temporary separation of the soul from the body. But at the same time we’re joyful because we have hope for a glorious future. When we die we are sleeping in the Lord, in the cemetery (Gr., Cemeterion, a sleeping place), and receiving a foretaste of the glory that we will receive in the general resurrection to come. Our physical death is the beginning of our eternal life with the Lord Jesus Christ. The Orthodox Christian funeral is comforting and goes back as part of Holy Tradition (regardless of ethnic background, the Church is universal, for all people and all times) to Pentecost in 33 AD, when the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles and established the Church.
One of the many hymns we sing is this one:
«Blessed is the Way, wherein you walk today
For there is prepared for you, a place of rest.»
We say Eternal Memory (aιωνία μνημη) as a greeting to the family of the deceased because we pray and believe that the Lord will remember him or her and all of us in His Kingdom.
We also say Life to Us (ζωή σ’εμάς) to our friends to remind one another of our common hope in our own resurrenction and eternal life to come.
Friday December 22, 2017
Condolence From: Alexis Anagnos Davlantes
Condolence: Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
Monday December 18, 2017
Condolence From: Robert Barke
Condolence: We are sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers.
Monday December 18, 2017