OBITUARY

Kristen Joy Flesoras

August 13, 1972July 7, 2014
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FLESORAS, Kristen Joy (Kyriazis) Kristen Joy Flesoras, the daughter of James and Georgia Kyriazis, was born in Los Angeles on August 13, 1972. Raised in Anaheim Hills with her younger sister, Renee Kyriazis, of Redondo Beach, she was the first girl baptized (Godparents E.J. and Irene Constantine of San Juan Capistrano) at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral by the newly ordained Reverend Father Michael (Nectarios) Rymer. She was the niece of Dr. Ted Theodore and Dolores Theodore (of blessed memory) and the first cousin of Andrea Theodore (Husband Robert Gray) and Catherine Dacey (Husband Michael & children, Michael, Theodore, and Charles) of Menlo Park with whom much of her childhood memories were created and shared. Throughout her youth, Krissy was a recognized athlete in soccer, volleyball and softball. Although she would continue to play volleyball through high school, her passion was softball. The recipient of numerous awards and accolades including MVP of the high school conference, Krissy was recruited to University of California, Santa Barbara to play Division One softball. A starting player all four years, she held several batting records and was recognized by the university for her athletic achievement and scholarship. Krissy graduated from UCSB in 1995 with a B.A. in Environmental Sciences. It was during these years that she would attend St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church and also serve as a staff member at St. Sophia Summer Camp, a church camp that she had attended throughout her youth. In 1991, she also met her future husband, Rev. Dr. Christopher Flesoras, of Modesto, the son of Dean and Angie, who was serving as the camp lifeguard. Engaged on September 13, 1995 in Boston, they were married at St. Sophia Cathedral Los Angeles on October 13, 1996. Upon Christopher's ordination and assignment to serve as the second priest at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Belmont, Christopher and Krissy would reside in nearby San Mateo. During these years, Krissy excelled in her chosen vocation as a technical writer for an environmental consulting firm. In 2001, Fr. Christopher was assigned to serve the Parish of St. Anna in Roseville, California, the community in which she would reside until her untimely repose. Her full-time work in the environmental field continued until the blessed birth of their first son, Constantine, in 2006. Although her primary vocation was now serving as a loving "Mommy", Krissy would occasionally consult as a project scientist. In 2008, Fr. Christopher and Krissy were blessed with their second child, Gianna. Gianna and Constantine, were her greatest joys and loves. Throughout their youth, Krissy remained dedicated to raising them as faithful Christians, as well as respectful, congenial, loving, and fun-filled children, well appreciative of all things athletic. Their youthful persons, for whom she was so proud and with whom she had no greater joy, testify to her success as a mother! In October of 2012, Krissy, after a lifetime of being an athlete and a non-smoker was shockingly diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. She was assisted in and encouraged by her immediate and extended family, her koumbari, her Orthodox Christian family, as well as her gifted physicians and nurses at Sutter Roseville, UC Davis Cancer Center, and Dana Farber Cancer Institute, throughout her battle with cancer. She found a blessed resource in the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (BJALCF) - as well as its founder, Bonnie - and fellow survivors, as well as the means to share her experience via her well-anticipated blog on CaringBridge. With great determination and joy, Krissy raised close to $60K for BJALCF in 2013, the greatest amount ever raised by an individual in any of the annual walks. Krissy remained faithful and full of hope until her very last breath, accepting of her circumstances, but lamented her lack of being physically present for her children. Surrounded by members of her family while hospitalized in Boston, she was also visited by numerous Orthodox Christian clergy and friends from throughout the United States. She reposed peacefully on July 9, 2014. In addition to family members previously mentioned, she is survived by her aunts and uncles through marriage, Diane Papageorge Eckels, George and Barbara Papageorge, Tony and Mary Biskinis, Coste and Ivana Flesoras, her cousin, Nicholas, and her godchildren, Harrison Pardini, Ted Spiro, Jeff and Katerina Baxter, John Verdaris, Vasilios Palumbis, Brian Menas, and Lori Christensen. His Eminence, Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco, will officiate at funeral services, which will be prayed by a pan-Orthodox brotherhood of clergy and laity from throughout the United States. The Trisagion, or Memorial Service, will be celebrated on Wednesday evening at 7pm, and the Rite of Burial will be prayed at 11am Thursday morning at St. Anna Parish, Roseville. Interment will follow at East Lawn Memorial Park in Sacramento, in proximity to Rev. Fr. Demetrius Dogias, of blessed memory. The Makaria, or memorial meal, will be graciously hosted at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Sacramento. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church Building Fund www.saintanna.org/stewardship/donate Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation www.krissyskause.org Eternal be her memory!

Services

  • Trisagion Wednesday, July 16, 2014
  • Rite of Burial Thursday, July 17, 2014
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Pamela Kizziar

August 4, 2014

Dear Jim, Georgia, Renee and Father Chris... There are no words to express my family's deepest sympathy for the loss of Krissy. She was such a sweet, loving person. My daughter, Dalynne, played softball and was friends with Krissy for many years when they were young. Our hearts go out to all of you!

Pamela, Dalynne and Monique

Fotoula Tranou

July 30, 2014

Dear Father Christopher and James,
Please accept my condolences and my sympathy for your loss. This is Fotoula Tranou, the daughter of Stefanos Ouzouni from Greece.
My thoughts are with you,
Fotoula

July 23, 2014

Dearest Jim, Georgia and Renee. Renate and I are at a total loss for words upon the passing of such a most marvelous, loving and giving young woman. We think of all of you and pray for Krissie every day. She was a person who will never be forgotten and the world has suffered an irretrieveable permanent loss.

With all our eternal love and caring

George and Renate

Cynthia Ejiogu

July 17, 2014

The only words I can say is I am sorry. I know the lose is great and the void where she was will never be filled. The hard part isn't now it's the time to come. The realization that she is really gone. To a better place that has taken away all the pain she has faced this last 2 years. But still not here where she is wanted by her husband children and family close and far. It's hard and she will be missed by everyone. May her memory be eternal,!

Bonnie Addario

July 17, 2014

My sweet Krissy. I have never seen anyone so selflessly and beautifully fight for life. Constantine, Gianna, Father Chris, Renee, et al will have an Angel watching over them forever. Knowing you and loving you has made me a better person. You and your entire family have my commitment to work even harder to end this disease. With all my love....Bonnie Addario

David Lemont

July 16, 2014

Our hearts hurt with the parish of St. Anna at such a loss. During our initial inquiry to Orthodoxy Presvytera Krissy's warmth and pleasant disposition was a wonderful comfort to my young daughter and I. The fruits of faith are more evident in some of us than others, her's abundant. The fruits of her faith will live on to bear witness to the awesome power of Christ in our lives.

All of our love to Fr. Chris and family.

Diane Barclay

July 16, 2014

We thank God for Krissy's beautiful spirit, her compassion, and her faith that never failed her. We also thank Him for the happy memories we will always have of her until we meet again in His kingdom. Until then, we pray that her exemplary life and legacy, and God's hand, will comfort her family and friends who miss her so much. Krissy, we also take comfort that you are enjoying your freedom from pain and reveling in the presence of God! No one deserves it more.

Irene Jaureguy

July 16, 2014

Eternal be your memory! You lived a beautiful life and all those who knew you were blessed.

Sandy Jouthas

July 16, 2014

May her memory be eternal!
Prayers and love for Fr. Chris, Constantine and Gianna from The Jouthas Family, Themis, Sandy, Matthew, and Katherine

Irene Moghis

July 16, 2014

My thoughts and prayers to you Father Chris and your family.

Irene, Ed, Jessica, and Stavroula Moghis