OBITUARY

Genevieve Geordan Angelides

December 4, 1930May 10, 2020

Genevieve Angelides, a warrior who enjoyed every day, hour, and minute of her 89 years, peacefully passed onto her next journey on Sunday after a year and a half battle with pancreatic cancer. She passed in her home in Fremont, California surrounded by those who loved her dearly.

Genevieve was born in Youngstown, Ohio on December 4, 1930. She was named Genevieve after Saint Genevieve. She was born to parents John Geordan, an immigrant from Greece who came to this country at the age of 14, and mother, Bertha (Hrifko) Geordan, born in the US to parents who were from Austria-Hungary and Czechoslovakia. She had two sisters, Veneta (Geordan) Tareshawty and Johanna (Geordan) Thomas. All were active members and very involved in church and Greek activities at Saint John’s Greek Orthodox Church in Youngstown, Ohio. The Geordan family had amazing experiences living abroad for one year in Corinth, Greece from 1936-1937.

Genevieve loved to work! Her career began at the very young age of 7. Her father would take her to their family-owned grocery store, and then their bakery called Sanitary Pies owned by her father and his brother, Nick. What a fun and great way to get out of house work! As the years progressed, she attended Lake Erie College for Women from 1949-1951. She then transferred to Ohio Wesleyan where she graduated with a degree in History and Social Studies in 1953. Upon graduation, Genevieve began her teaching career at Boardman Middle School in Youngstown, Ohio. She then started her adventures abroad in Giessen, Germany in 1959 teaching children of the US Army and earned the honorary title, Second Lieutenant.

Genevieve met the love of her life, Peter George Angelides, through her father and his good friend George Angelides, who had emigrated from Corinth, Greece. When Genevieve first met Peter she thought he would be a good catch for one of her sisters. Didn’t happen! Peter and Genevieve were married July 31, 1960 in Youngstown, Ohio. Upon marriage in 1960, Genevieve followed her spouse, Peter, to California, where she taught at Ralston Junior High in Belmont, California. She was one of the first Educational Television teachers, starting with KQED. “Where on Earth” 1962-1963 was the title of the 6th grade geography program which ran for 7 years. Side career steps included: Event Coordinator at Metallographic Industries, Sunnyvale, California, Reservation Clerk at World Airways, Oakland, California and Trainer at Corbett Travel Academy, Fremont, California. She loved every job, the people and the students in her entire life.

Genevieve has stated many times that her greatest gift from God are her two children, Philip Geordan Angelides and Petrina Celeste Lewis. Both are married and have 3 children. Philip is married to Katie (Keim) Angelides and their children are Grace (17), Sophia (15) and Philip Jr. (9). Petrina is married to Mark Thomas Lewis and their children are Zachary (20), Nicholas (18) and Alexa (16). They are dedicated to one another and are amazing and loving families.

Genevieve and Peter loved California and decided to settle in Fremont, California. There, Genevieve was introduced to AAUW, the American Association of Women, and was fully committed to this organization for 45 years. She served in many offices including holding the position of President. She initiated the One Book, One Community Read Program (OBOCR) 12 years ago when the book was Three Cups of Tea. Genevieve was instrumental in bringing the book’s author, Greg Mortenson, to Fremont while collaborating with FUSD (Fremont Unified School District). This initiative collected $34,000 dollars in pennies to build schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The OBOCR program, which collaborates with Fremont Library, City of Fremont, and FUSD is still active today. Other associations and community involvement include: the Democratic Party, FUSD, English as a Second Language (ESL) Conversation at the Fremont Library, and Contra Costa Women’s Township.

Genevieve’s greatest passion was her faith in God and commitment to the Greek Orthodox Church. In 1974, Peter, Genevieve, Philip and Petrina joined the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church on Davis Street in San Jose, California. Participation for their entire family included Church School attendance, teaching Church History by Peter, Altar Boy by Philip, teaching Vacation Bible School, Choir, being on the Church School Board of Directors, visiting the ill and elderly, and all church activities and festivals. Genevieve’s life was full and she lived every moment of it. She treasured being a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, friend, community activist and servant of God. Her memory will no doubt live on.

Donations can be made to: American Association of University Women: https://fremont-ca.aauw.net/ Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church San Jose, CA: https://saintnicholas.org/ Saint Christina of Tyre, Fremont, CA: http://www.stchristinaorthodox.org/

Due to the Shelter-In-Place Order, a very small funeral service will be held at Lima Milpitas-Fremont Mortuary and Cedar Lawn Cemetery for the immediate family only this Saturday, May 16th at 12:00pm. We welcome you to join us by Zoom.

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  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, May 16, 2020

Memories

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Jennifer Holbrook

May 18, 2020

Mom and Genevieve met in the early '70's in AAUW and became friends for life. They were both strong women who had a passion for helping others, and instilled in many the importance of volunteering and leadership, both holding various roles in AAUW that made a difference in peoples lives. They always made each other laugh. They both put their families first and shared many other characteristics and traits that made for lifelong friendship.

Sadly the last time I saw Genevieve was at my mother's funeral, but we kept in touch on LinkedIn. She called me over a year ago to tell me about her cancer. Even then she was positive. She wanted to hear about my career change and how I thought that was going and showed a genuine interest in me, even when she was dealing with something herself.

I have a bunny statue in my backyard that Genevieve brought me as a hostess gift at a brunch I had at my house after my parents 40th anniversary party. I will think of you Genevieve and it will be a reminder of the wonderful friendship you gave to my mom for so many years. You two are together now, sharing many laughs I'm sure.

Sandi Cole

May 17, 2020

I met Gen through Drivers For Survivors. I was a volunteer driver and Gen was my first client. We made an instant connection and I looked forward to driving her to her doctor appointments. We had some great conversations in the car. We became friends and had some wonderful discussions about family, the arts, politics, books and just life in general. I will miss her wonderful spirit, her enthusiasm for life and her love of learning. Rest In Peace Gen.

Andrea Chiba

May 16, 2020

Love to Uncle Pete and to the entire family. Aunt Genevieve, her strong spirit, warmth, humor, and love of life will be missed by all of us. In addition to all the recent visits and holidays, I remember her glamour and intellect in the early years and the excitement I had when she brought me huge boxes of books (my favorite).

Christina Castaneda

May 16, 2020

We were honored to be friends and neighbors to Gen and Pete, but ultimately, we became more like extended family sharing life's important events with each other, supporting and praying for one another during difficult times. She was like a great aunt to our sons Marco and Mario always asking how they were doing and supportive of their endeavors. Marco says thank you for the rides in helping him get to his volunteer job at TCV Food Bank and her daily prayers for him. He will miss her every day. Mario, who now resides in Santa Barbara, says she will always be a great friend and always be a part of our family.

We loved being Greek with them at the local Bay Area Greek festivals, enjoying the food, music. and dancing! She was always so proud and happy to share their fun loving culture with us. My husband Anthony is holding Gen to her promise of teaching him Greek dancing. Now that promise will have to be kept until they meet in heaven!

God bless you forever Gen! We love you! There will be a forever void in our little neighborhood without you. You will be dearly missed.

Thalia Hohenthal

May 16, 2020

Mary Lynn Pelican

May 16, 2020

Genevieve’s 2 Minute Funeral or Eulogy message from Mary Lynn Pelican

• I am the Ambassador of FUN Mary Lynn Pelican, Genevieve’s Very Best Friend.

• We met in 1975 at an AAUW La Cuisine dinner and became friends instantly.

• She invited me to all family and social events: Greek Orthodox Services, Festivals, Easter family gatherings and Crab feeds. I loved her dedication to her church traditions

• She said I was like a sister to her and wished she had had the same relationship with her sisters. Wow! What a compliment. She appreciated our friendship and thanked me for even the smallest acts of kindness. I knew she APPRECIATED ME even if she said some harsh words to say to me.

• She asked me to be her children’s guardian. I told her to stay healthy! It looks like the children and grandchildren are being taken care of so I’m off the hook, but I’ll be glad be Pete’s guardian for her!


• We revitalized the AAUW Fremont Branch 2005-2007. I was President and she was my Executive Assistant. We were successful leaders because we were dedicated, committed, and passionate. She had definite ideas, very direct, and focused. Her mentoring was invaluable to our success in revitalizing our branch. We worked as a team. She assisted me in writing most of my 24 president’s messages. I asked her to help me edit my 2 minute message that I’m giving at this moment also.

• Her inspiration and talents made me a better person, and I appreciated her guidance. Best friends can be honest with each other. I loved her Honesty and straight forwardness. You always knew where she stood.

• She new proper etiquette, dressed and presented herself professionally, and educated herself daily in keeping up with the times. She always wanted to look younger by wearing stylish and youthful clothing, hair styles, and accessories.

• Several years ago she apologized to me and asked me to please forgive her for anything she had said that may have hurt my feelings. I accepted her apology and said, “

Shelley and Tom Bartley

May 15, 2020

We have had the pleasure of being good friends with Genevieve for years. She was always ready for an adventure. We loved discussing our families, religion, and politics with each other. Genevieve was supportive, exuberant, a devoted friend, and always interested in our activities and our family. We will truly miss Genevieve's wonderful smile and passion for life!

Roger & Peggy Newman

May 15, 2020

Just sending our love and heartfelt condolences to Phil and all his family. When you lose your mom you lose a lot. This we know. She must of have been very special because we see what a fine son she raised and the what a great family you created as a result of some of her love. Peace from NW MT.

Neetu Datta

May 15, 2020

I met Genevieve through Peter, who I met through my brother, Dev. I was rarely home, my mother and father apparently knew Gen and Pete. Sweet elderly couple, Genevieve was sick in those days. I brought Dev, about 4 at the time, to their doorstep for throwing water across the fence on dear Pete. Contrary to my nature, I was told to be patient. So, I was. Holding my brother at their door, waiting for him to apologize.

Gen opened the door and she had the sweetest smile for us. She made me feel like a child. There was something about her that greets a person, any person, with so much love that it makes you a child in her eyes.

We visited frequently. Gen and Pete were a regular talk at our dinner table. My mother, a physician back home, became a frequent caretaker, and Gen's first choice.

I always found her without looking for her. As would Dev. We never left her doorstep without pockets full.

She was a most inspiring force. And if there's a person that could be an ambassador for the saying about idle hands, that was Gen. Anybody who knew her could attest that she was the hardest and sincerest worker in any given room.

She always had a way of knowing what you'd need. An advice, a rant, a loving hand... She had that all.

On my birthday, Gen gave me a diary. I told her I dabbled with writing but I was no good. I have practiced writing in it for over a year now. I've been told that I've grown as a writer. My other notebooks are filled and overflowing with post its, but Gen's book seems be growing more pages. Somehow, I can never fill them. It's almost like she tells me that, "this is not enough. You can do better."

She was a lot of things. She was personification of tough love, dingity, high standards, good ethics, faith, family values, love, hope, a full life, service, honor, and a tough and charming patient as my mom would assure... My greatest takeaway is that she always inspired me to do better. And we'd miss her, but always cherish her memories.

Linette Young

May 15, 2020

Thanks to you Genevieve and your insistence that I still am a proud AAUW member today. Your thoughtfulness, enthusiasm and determination are the qualities I will always remember.

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Genevieve as a child with her family.

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Genevieve with her sisters Johanna and Veneta and her parents, John and Bertha.

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Genevieve teaching in Germany.

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Peter and Genevieve's Wedding.

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Peter and Genevieve's immediate families.

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Genevieve as a new mom (always the scholar).

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Genevieve with her greatest gifts from God, Philip and Petrina.

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