Alexandra Kolokithas Kokalaris, 94

Published 8:41 am Monday, September 6, 2010

Alexandra Kolokithas Kokalaris, age 94 of Rochester, formerly of Austin passed away on Friday, Sept. 3, 2010, at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Born in St. Paul in 1915 to Antonia and Ari Kolokithas, Alexandra grew up in Patras, Greece. She returned to the United States in 1946 and moved to Austin upon marrying John Kokalaris.

Alexandra was known for her love of America, her pride on the Helenic (Greek) Heritage, her hospitality, her strong family values and her Mediterranean cooking. She was notably generous to worthy causes.

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Alexandra was very instrumental in raising her 11 siblings under the most adverse conditions — upon her father’s death during the Nazi occupation. While living in America, she helped support her family in Greece and sponsored members of her family to come to America.

Alexandra was a charter member of the Holy Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church of Rochester, Daughter of Penelope, and the Order of the Eastern Star.

Alexandra is survived in the United States by her brother Nick (Ann) Kolokithas Kolas; nieces and nephews: Ari (Penny) Kolas, Peter Kolas, Sam (Gina) Kolas, Philip Kolas, Antonia Kolas, Dawn Saks, Deno (Alicja) Lecakis, Tony (Nereida) Lecakis, Michael (Mando) Katselis, Nina (John) Cokinos, Nia (Marv) Kolokithas, Marina Kolokithas, Louis Kopsidas; grand nephew: Nick Kolokithas Kolas; grand nieces: Deanna, Theoni, and Alexandra Kolas and cousin: Peter Economou. She is also survived by her brother Christo (Georgia) Kolokithas and her sister Vasso Kolokithas Pitouras both of Patras, Greece and many nephews and nieces who live in Greece including her nephew Aristo Kolokithas of Patras, Greece who will be attending the funeral.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband John, three sisters and five brothers.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010, at the Holy Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church, Rochester with Father Mark Munoz officiating. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. Visitation will be at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m.

Memorials are preferred to the Holy Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church Building Fund 703 West Center Street, Rochester, MN 55902.