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Greek immigrant celebrates 100

Georgios Alexandrou Kolokythas who became an American citizen eight years ago, celebrated his 100th birthday last week with friends at Sunset Point Rehabilitation Center, Clearwater, and at a special family reunion dinner Sunday afternoon at Angelino's Restaurant in Palm Harbor.

He was born Feb. 19, 1906, in Central Greece, one of four sons and one daughter born to Magdalene and Dimitrios Kolokythas. He moved to Athens at age 13 and on Nov. 11, 1934, he married Stamatina in Athens. He owned and operated several pastry and dairy stores in Athens until he retired in 1968 and is a Greek Army veteran of World War II.

The couple had four children, Magdelene and Demetrius, both of New York, Anthony of Montreal, and Michael of Clearwater.

They were married 56 years when Mrs. Kolokythas died in 1990, at age 80.

He then moved in 1990 to Long Island from Athens and in 2003 to Clearwater.

Kolokythas was 84 when he decided to pursue U.S. citizenship and began to teach himself English. He achieved his goal at 92.

He is a member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Clearwater.

He has eight grandchildren: Katina, Tina, Paul, all of New York, George and Tina, both of Montreal, and George, Peter and Dimitri, all of Clearwater. There are two great-grandchildren, Dimitri and Aleko, both of New York.

Kolokythas' family attributes his long life to hard work and good habits: This includes never smoking and never eating between meals. He enjoys a good glass of wine, a good book and family gatherings.

Couples celebrate decades together

June and Bernard Miller of Clearwater celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with friends and family. They were married Dec. 16, 1945, at Temple Beth El in Fall River, Mass.

They came here in 1985 from Barrington, R.I., and also had lived on Cape Cod. He retired as a national sales manager for a division of Avnet Corp., and is an Army combat veteran of World War II. He served as a staff sergeant in the the 69th Infantry.

She is an accomplished artist whose works have been exhibited in several shows in New England and in Dunedin. They have three children, two grandchildren and a great-grandchild. He was a board member for many years of the RCS Food Pantry and she is a member of the Dunedin Fine Arts Center.

Helen M. and John F. Phillips of Largo celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a surprise party at the home of their son, Robert, and family at Isle Del Sol Country Club. The party was attended by more than 60 guests, including one longtime friend from his days growing up in Manhattan.

The couple met at the post office at Kaneohe Naval Air Station in Hawaii where she had been sent as one of the first contingents of WAVES who were to be deployed overseas.

She worked as an aviation machinist mate, changing engines on amphibious aircraft used for submarine patrols, and he was on temporary duty after having served as a radio man in the South Pacific aboard the USS DuPage.

They were married Dec. 25, 1945, at Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church, Floral Park, N.Y., followed by a reception at her parents' home and a honeymoon at Asbury Park, N.J.

They have been winter visitors since 1975 and moved here permanently in 2000 from Huntington Station, N.Y. He owned and operated an advertising agency in Garden City, N.Y., and she is a homemaker. They have two children and four grandchildren.

He is a member of Calvary Episcopal Church, Indian Rocks Beach, and she is a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church, Largo. He is a member of the Masonic Lodge and Elks Club and was active playing golf at Cove Cay Country Club until he experienced knee problems.

For information or anniversary form, call (727) 445-4109. To submit an item to Good for You, write to Betsy Bolger-Paulet, 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756, send fax to (727) 445-4119 or e-mail to paulet@spttmes.com.

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