Labenski Funeral Home

107 Boswell Avenue, Norwich, CT


Viola Trantalis

July 6, 1921June 19, 2019

Viola (Topalis) Trantalis died on June 19, 2019 at her home just two weeks shy of her 98th birthday. Born in Norwich during the roaring 20’s and growing up during the Great Depression, Viola was predeceased by her husband John in 2008. Viola was the daughter of Greek immigrants, Zafiris Topalis and Marianthi (Kokinis) Topalis, who travelled to this country from Plomari, Lesvos, Greece. She was one of seven children, predeceased by her sisters Penelope Andriote, Irene McMahon, and her brothers Peter Topalis and John Topalis. She is survived by her children, William (Elaine), Jeffrey, Dean, and Marilyn (James), and her grandson, Jonathan, whom she dearly loved. Viola was a loving mother and an avid member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. After devoting most of her adult life as a homemaker caring for her family, she discovered new interests as a court interpreter, a care taker for others, as well as an active member of the Ladies’ Philoptochos Society. In 1998, Viola was the recipient of the Laity Award bestowed upon her by the Metropolitan of Boston. A Visitation has been scheduled for 12 o’clock noon on June 29, 2019 at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church at 347 Washington Street, Norwich, followed by the funeral service at 1 o’clock PM. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery Norwich.In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Holy Trinity Endowment Fund at the church address. Please visit www.labenskifuneralhome.com to leave an online tribute or condolence.


  • Visitation Saturday, June 29, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 29, 2019


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Marcia Wenzel

July 2, 2019

Trantalis Family
My deepest sympathies on the loss of your Mom. May her memory be eternal.
Marcia Wenze
Vicky Johnson’s daughter!

Eugenia Ellis

June 28, 2019

To Dean and the Trantalis Family, we offer our sympathy on your loss and are sure that you have treasured memories of your time together.

Helen & Joe Hominski

June 27, 2019

To the Trantalis family,
Our deepest condolences on the passing of your mother. Our daughter, Kimberly, sends her deepest sympathies as well, since Vi and she are “birthday twins”, as your mom always said to Kim when they saw each other. May her memory be Eternal.
Helen, Joe, Dickie, Jon and Kimberly

ChrisTine Sarantinos

June 24, 2019

Dear Auntie Vie,

You were always so loving and kind. My favorite memory was of our trips to Norwich from California. We would go to your house and you would have the most amazing meals! Most important was the greeting you gave us! Your smile will never be forgotten!

May your memory be eternal.
Chrissy (you were the only one that could call me that besides my parents!)

Paul J. Gitnik

June 24, 2019

To Mayor Trantalis and Family:
May her soul rest in peace and may the perpetual light shine upon her.
With deepest sympathy,
/s/ Paul J. Gitnik

Costas Grossomanides

June 23, 2019

Besides being related to John and Viola and there entire family through my father Stephan Grossomanides who's mother was sister to John Trantalis Mother. With many trips to Norwich when I was young and sitting under the grape vine in back of the barber shop and there house. Viola was such a soft spoken woman and always a smile and kind words! May God receive her and join her husband John for eternal peace.
Costas & Eleni Grossomanides and family
Wallingford, Connecticut


June 23, 2019

I only met Mrs. Trantalis once many years ago. When we lived in Brooklyn, Ct Jeff would come to Norwich in the summer and he would bring us some of the best Greek cookies ever. She would send us a plate full and didn't take long before they were gone. It is a memory I we will not forget.

Prayers for Jeff and his family,
Dan and Annette Stockwell

Michelle Chaggaris

June 22, 2019

Dearest Auntie Vie,

You were the sweetest, kindest, most loving aunt on the planet! You were like a second mother to me, and because you were my mother’s sister, there was a special bond between our families. My mother looked to you for advice and you were her best friend! I spent many days and nights at your house and I will never forget your kindness and generosity. Rest In peace Auntie Vie.


Elaine Grossomanides

June 22, 2019

I have very fond longtime memories of Aunt Vi, we are related thru my father's mother and Vi's husband John's mother they were sisters. As we passed thru Norwich often we stopped and always visited and we always had home get togethers even up to 6-10 years ago. The love of our families was strong and caring. As we get older and our parents have passed away I can only pray that our generation can keep our bonds.
Vi was a very beautiful, kind, caring woman. Always generous and never a bad word. I will miss her dearly, but, only hope that knowing she is now with her husband John and my parents Steve and Claire, gives me comfort.
Rest in eternal Peace Aunt Vi, Love you. 🙏❤

Edward Pukelis

June 22, 2019

Rest in peace dear lady.....God bless you and may you now be cradled in God's & your wonderful husband's loving arms.....