WARREN - Harry Partis entered eternal sleep in the arms of his Lord Jesus Christ on Oct. 12, 2012.
Harry was born in 1929 in Thessaloniki, Greece, and endured many hardships growing up without a father and mother through the Depression, the German Occupation in World War II, and the communist civil war in Greece.
He was always proud of his work with the Americans who helped rebuild Greece in the early 1950s under the Marshall Plan.
Harry married his devoted sweetheart, Chryssanthi, in 1954.
Following the birth of their first son, Chris, Harry and Chryssanthi decided to move to the United States in 1956 to seek a better life for their growing family. Daughters Ellen and Era and son John subsequently arrived after the young family settled in Warren.
Harry worked as an "A" lineman for Ohio Edison until suffering a serious workplace injury in 1964. Although confined to a wheelchair, he dedicated his life to ensuring that his children attended college and established successful careers.
Harry was a fighter throughout his life and struggled against increasingly difficult health issues the last few years of his life. He finally achieved eternal peace with his family at his side.
He leaves devoted wife, Chryssanthi; sons, Chris (Shelly) and John (Ann Marie), daughters, Ellen (David) Frink and Era (Tim) Griffin; as well as loving grandchildren, Marisa and Arianne Frink, Elise and Nathan Griffin, and Frankie and Chrissy Partis.
The family would like to express their deep gratitude to the caring staff at Autumn Hills Rehabilitation Center and also Hospice of the Valley who made his last days peaceful.
Friends and family may call 6 to 8 p.m. today, with a 6 p.m. Trisagon service, and 10 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel.
Service will be 11 a.m. Friday at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, with the Rev. Constantine Valantasis officiating.
Burial will be in Mount Peace Cemetery in Akron.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 429 High St., Warren, OH 44481.