GEORGE LOUIS KARTSONIS
George Louis Kartsonis passed away Sept. 3, 2013. He was born Jan. 29, 1922. George was the second oldest of four boys born to Louis A. and Anna Kartsonis. He graduated from Central High School, Kansas City, in 1938 and Lathrop Polytechnic in 1941.
George served in the U.S. Army as a Tech Sergeant in Telecommunications during World War II and was a recent honoree on an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.
George married (Jessie) Edith McKee on Oct. 17, 1948 at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunication, Kansas City. He was a devoted husband, father, “Popoui” and great-”Popoui.”
George was the son of the founder of Superior Laundry and Linen Service and devoted his career to building the business with his brothers Paul and Ernest.
He was a member of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Kansas City, and served as a member of the Church board for several terms. He and Edith enjoyed participating in the VIP group at the Church.
George served the community of Lake Winnebago for over 30 years during the time it was a Village and later transitioned to City status. He was chair of the Planning and Zoning Board when the zoning ordinances for the City of Lake Winnebago were written. He also served as a member of the Police and Fire Commissions. George was honored as Lake Winnebago’s Man of the Year by the Missouri Municipal League in 1990.
He loved fishing and being around the water. He always said he was thrilled the good Lord provided him with the means to have a nice home near the water and the ability to enjoy it with his family.
After moving to John Knox Village in 2000, he enjoyed his Fridays at the Hobby Hut.
He was active in the Boy Scouts of America as a youth and later as an adult leader. He was an Honorary Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers; Paul, John and Ernest and great-grandson, Kyle Anthony Lillis.
George is survived by his wife, Edith; daughter, Carol Lillis (Jim), son Bill Kartsonis (Jan) and son Greg Kartsonis, all of Lake Winnebago. He is also survived by seven grandchildren; Katie Lillis of Miami Beach, Fla., Kyle Lillis (Krista) of Boston, Mass.; Matthew Kartsonis of Kansas City, David Kartsonis (Georgia) of Kansas City; Blair Lillis (Jessica) of Lake Winnebago, Michael Kartsonis of Overland Park and Alex Kartsonis (Abby) of Lee’s Summit; great-grandsons Emmanuel Llorente and Corrigan “Corey” James Lillis; and great-granddaughter Maria Kartsonis and two great grandchildren soon to arrive. George also leaves behind sisters-in-law Stella Kartsonis of Kansas City, Mary Kartsonis of San Diego, Calif. along with Edith’s sisters and brother, their spouses and children. He will be missed by many friends and from the Lake Winnebago community, Annunciation Church and John Knox Village.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 6 at Aunnunication Greek Orthodox Church, 12001 Wornall, Kansas City, Mo., 64145. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Trisagion was held on Sept. 5.
Donations may be made to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of Kansas City, Missouri.
(Arrangements: Mt. Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Road, Kansas City, Missouri, 64131, 816-942-2004.)