Nicoletti, Culjis & Herberger Funeral Home

5401 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA


Gus Theodore Petrakos

December 19, 1924January 7, 2020
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Gus Theodore Petrakos passed away in Sacramento on January 7, 2020, at the age of 95 with his family by his side. He was born in Stockton, California, to Chris and Helen Petrakos on December 19, 1924, and raised in Sacramento. Gus proudly served his country during World War II in General Patton's Third Army. He was a member of the American Legion and the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. An avid golfer, he often said "golf is the greatest game in the world". Gus loved socializing with his friends and had an infectious laugh. He was very proud of his Greek heritage. Gus was preceded in death by his sister, Demetra (John) Andronico; his brother, John (Penny) Petrakos; his nephew, Chris Petrakos; and his brother-in-law, John Skoglund. He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Lillian; his daughters, Paula (Kenrick) Kwong and Jo Ann (Tom) Francesconi; his sister-in-law, Kathleen Skoglund; and nieces and nephews. His family will miss him dearly. Trisagion Service will be held at Nicoletti, Culjis and Herberger Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 14, at 6:00 PM. Church service will be held on Wednesday, January 15, at 11:00 AM at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church; followed by burial service at St. Mary Cemetery. A traditional funeral luncheon (makaria) will be held at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church following burial.


  • Trisagion Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 15, 2020
  • Burial to Follow Wednesday, January 15, 2020


Gus Theodore Petrakos

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Peter Thomas

January 13, 2020

I send my deepest sympathy to the Petrakos' family, at this time of loss. I would like Gus’s family to know how much Gus meant to my family and myself. From the good times at Bradd way with the many meals we shared, the card games my dad and his pals played, and the first pocket knife I had (given to me by Gus). The many boxing matches watched with my Dad, Gus, and even my friends. Gus loved us all just like his own. When I would visit my parents and Gus would happen to be there, we would always have a better time, just enjoying coffee and conversation. In the early years of my life I had an extended family with Gus, Lillian, Paula, and Joann. We lived close, my mom and I would shop at Lillian’s work, and just enjoyed simple life. My father and Gus were close, very close. I would not know how close until later in life when my father was ill. I will always hold in my heart, Gus’s and Lillian’s being at my side as we watched my father endure treatment. I asked Gus for support. As he looked at me and told me that he would stay by my father, I knew what a true friend and brother he was to my dad. God Bless him and his family. Men like him are truly heroic. Honor, integrity, and true friendship were some of his many great characteristics. I am thankful that I was one of Gus’s many friends. I love that man. Peter Thomas

Claire Achen

January 12, 2020

My therapy dog Gracie and I visited Gus and Lillian every week at Mercy McMahon Terrace. Gracie was a favorite of Gus’s, and she looked forward to his pets. I admired Gus’s uncomplaining forebearance as he declined in his later years and bore his suffering with magnanimity. I extend my heartfelt sympathy to his family.