1 June, 1930 – 22 January, 2020
Chrysoula Onorata, 89 years old, was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 1st, 1930, to her loving parents, Peter and Bessie Hondrelis.
She grew up with her sisters, Rita (Kanaris) and Mary (Elefterakis). Chrysoula graduated from Girls Commercial High School. She worked as Head Secretary at Pratt Institute and later, as an administrator in Community Relations, at Coney Island Hospital.
Chrysoula raised four wonderful children from her first marriage - Michael, Dean, Bess and George. She later married Frank Onorata and they lived together in Port Charlotte, Florida until Frank’s death in 2016. Chrysoula enjoyed cooking, reading and crochet.
She is survived by her children and their spouses, Michael and Caren Platis, Dean and Spiridoula Platis, Bess and William Kress, and George and Patricia Platis.
She was Yia Yia to Deana, Kathryn, Alexis, William, Zachary, Nikki, Luke, Toni, Harrison, Jessica and Nicholas.
Chrysoula also had 3 great-grandchildren, Aidan, Michael and Emma.
Her family would like to thank the caregivers at Somerford House, in Delaware, for the wonderful care they extended to Chrysoula, including the hospice and Bayada nurses as well.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her name to: Bayada Hospice 750 Shipyard Drive Suite 101, Wilmington, Delaware, 1980
- Visitation Monday, 27 January , 2020
- Prayer Service Monday, 27 January , 2020
- Clover Leaf Memorial Park Monday, 27 January , 2020
28 January 2020
In 2013 my wife,Jane, and I were visiting friends in Punta Gorda. Chrysoula and Frank
lived in nearby Port Charlotte.We called Chrysoula and expressed a desire to see her.
She invited us over for late morning coffee.
We turned into her street and saw Chrysoula standing in the driveway. She wanted to make sure that we did not bypass the house and get lost in a strange neighborhood.
She greeted us with her beautiful smile and many hugs and kisses. She motioned for us to precede her in the house. Frank greeted us warmly.
There was a potfull of coffee and a table full of orektika(appetizers).A variety of cheeses,olives, cookies, crackers,spreads (including tzatziki) fresh fruit and an assortment of veggies. We started to protest. She put up her hand. "How can we have only coffee. Everything here goes well with coffee.
Including the wine" that Frank was just bringing over.
We sat and talked for a while. Chrysoula guided the conversation away from herself and Frank.
She wanted to know how things were with us.
After a while Chrysoula and Frank tired visibly. Unbeknownst to us they were dealing with health issues that were impacting their balance and energy. We made inquiries. Chrysoula acknowledged that she was under doctor's care, but... she announced with a waive of her hand it was "nothing. Did you try the feta? They said it was from Greece. What do you think?"
That was Chrysoula every time I saw her.
Loving, kind, considerate, humorous, generous gracious and courageous.
And always. Always going above and beyond to make everyone around her feel comfortable and important.