Dr. Michael Harry Kontos
November 18, 1936 – January 29, 2019
Dr. Michael Harry Kontos, D.D.S 82 passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at the home of his daughter surrounded by his loving wife of 60 years Eva and his family.
He is survived by his beautiful and loving wife, Eva (nee Zaharias); his daughter Dr. Ellena M. Vranas, of Naperville, Illinois his son, Michael H. Kontos, Jr. of Columbus, OH, and his son Gregory J. Kontos, of Aurora, Illinois. A son-in-law, Nick Vranas, daughters-in-law, Kristina Kontos and Anna-Marie Kontos, and four grandchildren, Evanthia & Arianna Vranas, and Gregory Paul & Marianna Kontos, also survive him. He is also survived by his sister Georgiann Blake and her husband Robert; and his In-Laws Constantine and Penelope Zaharias, together with many loving nieces and nephews.
Dr. Kontos was born on November 18, 1936 in Aurora, Illinois, at St. Charles Hospital and was baptized at All Saints Greek Orthodox Church in Joliet,IL.
He married on July 5, 1959 at All Saints Greek Orthodox Church in Joliet, IL to Eva Kontos (nee Zaharias) of Athens Greece, and they lived in Aurora, IL and Naples, FL all of their lives.
Dr. Kontos attended Oswego High School graduating as part of the Class of 1955; North Central College in 1959 with a Bachelor of Arts degree; and the University of Illinois College of Dentistry, from which he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Dentistry and graduated with the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1963.
In 1965, Michael and his wife, Eva, were founding members of St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church in Aurora, IL where he served on the Parish Council for over 40 years, serving as Parish Council President five times, and Chairman of the Building Committee, and directed the Choir for over 24 years. He and his wife are members of St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Naples Florida. At St. Katherine he served on the Parish Council and loved singing with the Choir.
Extremely proud of his Greek ancestry, together with his wife, Eva, they served as Co-Directors of the Apollo Dance Troupe, a Greek Ethnic Folk Dance Troupe, which Eva founded in 1974 that performed throughout the Country.
Dr. Kontos served his Country in the United States Navy as a dental officer from 1963-65 with the Third Marine Division as Commanding Officer of the medical/dental clinic in Camp Sukiran, Okinawa. He began his private dental practice in Boulder Hill, Montgomery, Illinois in October of 1965. Several years later, Dr. Michael T. Tierney, joined him as his business partner, and together they had a very active and highly successful practice. Dr. Kontos retired in January of 2006 after 40 years in private practice during which he was on the Senior Medical Staff of Rush-Copley and Provena Mercy Hospitals where he served in the Department of Surgery.
Elected as a Fellow of the American College of Dentists; the International College of Dentists; and the Academy of General Dentistry; Dr. Kontos was a also a member of the Chicago Dental Society, Aurora Dental Society, Fox River Valley Dental Society, Illinois State Dental Society, and the American Dental Association, and as a Founding Member of the Hellenic American Dental Society.
Dr. Kontos served all the offices of the local and state dental societies including as President of the Fox River Valley Dental Society, and most importantly as President of the Illinois State Dental Society. Dr. Kontos is preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Ruby Kontos,his brother William Kontos and his In-laws, Yiannis and Vasiliki Zaharias.
Visitation will take place at Hodges Funeral Home at Naples Memorial Gardens on Friday, February 8, 2019 from 4-8PM. 525 111th Ave. N. Naples, FL 34108.
The offering of the Orthodox Funeral Service will be at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Naples, FL on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 9AM. 7100 Airport-Pulling Road, Naples, FL 34109.
In lieu of flowers, Eva Kontos invites donations to the following: All Saints Greek Orthodox Church - 102 N. Broadway St., Joliet, Il 60435. Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund - 1010 Executive Dr., Suite 200, Westmont, IL, 60559 St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Naples, Florida.
- Visitation Friday, February 8, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, February 9, 2019
Dr. Michael Harry Kontos
Gus and Evonne Liakos
February 2, 2019
We were so very sorry to hear of Michael’s
passing. He was highly respected and regarded by everyone in the St. Katherine. Community.
Please know that you are in our hearts, and that we send to you and the family our deepest and sincere condolences.
Love, Gus and Evonne
Dr Richard Baginski
February 2, 2019
I would like to express my condolences on Dr Kontos passing to hi family. Dr Kontos and I started our dental practices in the Fox Valley about the same time. He was highly regarded and a great dental colleige. He will be sorrly missed.
Nancy and Jim Hopp
February 1, 2019
To the entire Kontos family: We share your grief at the loss of Dr. Mike, who was a real champion and public servant throughout his life. We shall always be grateful for the wonderful support and leadership he brought to the Scouts of Troop 3 at New England Church, especially on their camping trips to northern Wisconsin. And we shall always hold that beautiful photo of him dancing with his sons in our memories. May you find peace and comfort in the days ahead.