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Alexis Maria Keramaris

1991 - 2017


The Kytherian Society mourns the tragic loss of Alexis Keramaris.

May her memory be eternal . . .


Alexis Maria Keramaris was born Oct 20, 1991 in Santa Barbara to Nick Keramaris and Terry Chlentzos.  She attended Peabody Elementary, Santa Barbara Junior High, and graduated in 2009 from Santa Barbara High School, where she participated in the Visual Arts and Design Academy. As a People to People student ambassador, Alexis visited England, France, and Belgium during her high school years.  Alexis participated in Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church throughout her school years, and took part in Greek Folk Dance Federation yearly events.

Alexis was a talented artist, and participated in a pre-college program at the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston.  While attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she fell in love with printmaking and pursued studies in Lithography.  Alexis spent a semester studying art at the Complutense University in Madrid during her junior year in college, a dream made possible by receiving the PanHellenic Scholarship.  Alexis graduated from SAIC in 2014.

Her art was elaborate, passionate, and fiery, an unspoken expression of her sweet and troubled soul.  Alexis found life difficult and complicated, often struggling to fit in.  Her true friends gave Alexis the freedom to be herself, and then she was able to shine.   Because of her own struggles with mental illness and subsequent substance abuse, Alexis had plans to attend graduate school to become an art therapist.  Alexis always maintained that substance abuse was related to mental health, and really wanted to pursue studies combining the two fields.  Unfortunately, Alexis’ life was tragically ended by an accidental overdose on September 3, 2017.   

Alexis leaves behind her mother and stepfather, Terry Chlentzos–Panages and Tom Panages of Sacramento; father, Nick Keramaris of Athens, Greece; aunt Effie Keramari of Athens; and stepbrothers Tommy, Anthony, and Alex Panages of Sacramento. 

Trisagion Service will take place on Tuesday, September 12 at 7:00 pm at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 600 Alhambra Blvd, Sacramento CA 95816

Funeral will take place at 10:00 am on Friday, September 15 at Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 1205 San Antonio Creek Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93111. Interment to follow at Santa Barbara Cemetery, followed by the Makaria (mercy meal) in the Orthodox Center.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation either to Mental Wellness Center in Santa Barbara:

https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1403274  

or to Sutter Medical Center Foundation.  For the latter, donations can be made out to “Sutter Medical Center Foundation” and mailed to Sutter Health Office of Philanthropy, PO Box 160045, Sacramento, CA 95816.  Please write “Mental Health” in memo section of the check.

Alexis will be remembered for her beautiful brown eyes, radiant smile, hearty laugh, and sensitive soul.  Rest in peace, sweet girl.  

May her memory be eternal.

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Tasso John Conomos

1938 - 2017



The Kytherian Society mourns the loss of long time member 

Tasso John Conomos on August 9, 2017. 


Tasso John Conomos, beloved husband, cherished father, loving grandfather, and devoted son passed away peacefully with loved ones by his side on August 9, 2017. Ever gracious, he showed the courage to bow out gracefully after a pancreatic cancer diagnosis. As Dad reflected in recent weeks ~ his cup was full. 

Tasso was born in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, on September 11, 1938, to proud Greek immigrant parents, John and Penelope Conomos. Raised as a first generation American with a great appreciation for higher education, Tasso was among the first in his family to attend college. Passionate about science and the great outdoors at a tender age, the one-time Sea Scout received a Bachelor of Science in Geology and earned a Masters in Marine Geology from San Jose State University, then accepted a Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution and received a Doctorate in Oceanography at the University of Washington (UW). He was later appointed to the UW Department of Oceanography research faculty before an exciting endeavor brought him and his new wife to the California Bay Area in 1969.

Tasso joined the US Geological Survey (USGS) to conduct groundbreaking research on the San Francisco Bay estuarine systems and other west coast estuaries. It was his team’s body of work that ultimately shaped San Francisco Bay environmental policy for the next 40 years. Tasso was later assigned to the role of Regional Research Hydrologist and then Administrator for Hydrologic Research for the Western Region of the USGS ~ a senior leadership position in which he thrived until his retirement in 2001. Cited for his outstanding contributions to and advocating for water-resource research, program monitoring, and identifying, recruiting, and mentoring hundreds of scientists ~ Tasso was granted the highest honor of the US Department of the Interior, the Distinguished Service Award, and honored as a world leader in the definition of estuarine processes.

And yet despite his professional success, nothing was more important to Tasso than his wife of 48 years and their three children. He enjoyed spending part of every year in the Sierras, where he indulged his seafaring soul on Lake Tahoe. And he often journeyed to his ancestral homeland of Greece to trace and to honor his family lineage on the island of Kythera. A jack of all trades, Tasso was a master woodworker, a gourmet cook, an incredible mentor, and an esteemed friend to.. everyone. Dad never knew a stranger.

He is survived by his loving wife, Janice, son John W. Conomos (Amanda), daughters Penelope Benis (Christopher), and Alexa Anderson (Bradley), grandchildren Christopher, Alexander, and Nicholas Benis, Tasso and Basel Conomos, and Luka, Britton, and Annick Anderson. He also leaves behind his devoted mother Penelope Conomos and his loving sister Chrysanthy Conomos.

Tasso is now united in eternal rest with his revered father, John A. Conomos, and his beloved sisters Damiani Conomos and Anastasia Condas.

A Trisagion service will be held Sunday, August 13th at 7 p.m. at Church of the Holy Cross, 900 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont, California. The funeral service will also be held at Church of the Holy Cross on Monday, August 14th at 11 a.m.

Remembrances may be made in Tasso’s name to Church of the Holy Cross (www.goholycross.org) or the Kytherian Society of California (www.ksoca.com).



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