John Steve Charonis

  • Born: October 6, 1938
  • Died: November 10, 2021
  • Location: Belmont, California

Sneider & Sullivan & O'Connell's Funeral Home - FD-230

977 S. El Camino Real
San Mateo, CA 94402
Tel. (650) 343-1804

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Father, Husband and Grandfather

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers any donations can be made to Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, Belmont, CA Please feel free to enhance this tribute to John by adding your memories and photos.

John Steve Charonis passed away peacefully with his family at his side. He lived a full and beautiful life with many adventures and a large family that he loved, including a wife he treasured for 56 years of marriage and 8 beautiful grandchildren.

He is survived by his eternal loving wife Stella Charonis, sons Steve (Jackie), Greg (Andree), and Angelo (Athanasia) and 8 grandchildren Jonathan, Nicholas, Giannis, Christopher, Vasili, Alexander, Stella and Chloe. He is the son of Stavros and Evangelia Tsatsaronakis (later modified to Charonis upon immigration to the United States) and is the brother of Mary Kolokithas, Konstantine Charoni (deceased) and Alexander Charoni (deceased).

John was born in Chania, Greece (Crete) and raised during the time of WWII. Though he encountered difficult times, John always had a positive outlook on life. At the age of 8 years old he immigrated to the United States with his parents. At 20 years of age he joined the Marines and served his country for 4 years. In 1965 he married his beautiful wife Stella (Drogitis), whom he met through the Greek community, always knowing she was "the one".

John was hard working, often taking on multiple jobs at once to build a beautiful secure life for his wife and 3 sons Steve, Greg and Angelo, raising their family in the same home in Belmont that he lived in for the remainder of his life. Though a hard worker, he always prioritized spending time with his wife and children including finding time to even coach his young sons in basketball and take the family on many adventures around the world including Greece and countless RV trips around the country. It was no surprise then that when John later had grandchildren he was an active part of their lives too and could often be found riding bikes, going on walks, and playing ball with them. When health limitations meant he couldn't play ball outside anymore he instead played family room balloon toss, when he couldn't pick them up, he offered countless lap cuddles, and when he couldn't attend events he enjoyed sneaking ice cream cones inside with them, chocolate and swiss almond were some of his favorites. John was not only a doting father and grandfather, but he was also a father-in-law that was well loved by his daughters-in-law. From the beginning he welcomed them to the family with open arms and until his last days held them close. He left them with many years of positive memories, his sage advice, and the comfort they had of always knowing he had their side if ever there was a debate. He always asked how he got so lucky to have such a great family, but his family always asked how they got so lucky to have him.

John was also a dedicated member of the Greek Orthodox faith. Throughout his many years you could often find him at the church with his wife Stella at various Greek community events. When there was dancing, you'd often find them as one of the last couples on the dance floors, always smiling, always embracing. They were a true love story, with Stella doting and caring for him with all her heart until the very end. He was also known for his love for the outdoors, with many garden projects throughout the years, his love for America, the land that gave him so much opportunity and his birth country Greece, but perhaps most simply he was known for always being a kind, gentle, loving man. He will be forever missed, loved, but never ever forgotten. His family is grateful for his long fulfilled life and the imprint he will forever leave. May he be reunited with those lost in the sweet paradise of heaven, until we all meet again.

Family & Friends are invited to John's service at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross, 900 Alameda de las Pulgas in Belmont.

Trisagion Service
Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church
900 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont CA
Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 7:00 pm

Funeral Service
Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church
Friday, November 19, 2021 at 11:00 am
Followed by interment at Greek Orthodox Memorial Park cemetery

Makaria Luncheon
Following interment all are invited back to the church for the Makaria luncheon.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church. Thank you.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I am sad to here of Johns passing. He was great man and a great inspiration to all of us. His work ethic and his exercise regiment was amazing that always kept him in great shape. He will be missed , may his memory be eternal.Dennis Vozaitis Milano

Posted by Dennis Vozaitis Milano - Rohnert Park, CA - Family Friend   November 16, 2021

Dear Stella and family, we have known you and your family for so many years. You and John were a;ways together and displayed so much love for each other and your family. We would enjoy the many stories you and your beloved John had while traversing the United States from one end to the other including Alaska, in your well equipped RV. John always had stories about his adventures with you an dthe family, about his Marine years, and life in general. He was always smiling and liked to joke. We cannot ever remember him being upset, but rather, he always had a smile. Stella, I Jim remember you and the rest of the Drogitis family growing up. While you little bit older, we always had fun with you, and Christine, and your family visiting when our families visited each other. Our Beloved parents were very good friends to each other and were from Zakynthos. We always looked forward to seeing you Stella & John, at various events an celebrations. You were so right for each other. Stella, May God give you and your family peace and may you always remember you beloved Husband, Father, & Grandfather and know that he is with God now. May John's Memory be Eternal. May God Bless all of you, With love Jim & Louise Vorrises

Posted by Jim & Louise VORRISES - Daly City, CA - Family Friend   November 15, 2021

Our deepest condolences on the passing of an amazing man, John Charonis. He was always so welcoming and kind to all. He will be forever missed and always remembered in our hearts and memories.

Posted by Evi Gill - Bend, OR - Family Friend   November 14, 2021

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