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James Yantsos

May 11, 1936October 31, 2020
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James Yantsos, 84, peacefully passed away on October 31st at his home in Sloatsburg, New York.

He was born in Astoria, Queens on May 11, 1936 and served honorably in the United States Army from 1959 - 1965. James went on to graduate from SUNY Oneonta University with a Masters Degree in education and was a long time teacher at Fleetwood Elementary School in Spring Valley, NY.

One of his great joys for many years was acting and directing at community theaters like Antrim Playhouse in Suffern as well as Elmwood playhouse in Nyack, NY. He is beholden to those memories and the many friends he made there.

James is survived by his wife, Theodora whom he married in 1963 in Kozani, Greece, his two sons, John (Tara) of Middletown, NY and Gary (Donna) of Suffern, NY. Grandchildren, Jennifer, Caitlin, Tyler and Cooper. He will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts.

Services will be held at Wanamaker Carlough in Suffern, NY on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

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Bill Savino

November 9, 2020

R.I.P JIM !

Gertrude Szyferblatt

November 5, 2020


My brother and I were both lucky enough to be students in Mr. Yantsos’s class back in the 60s/70s. Even after all these years, so many of us still remember the life skills he taught us, and mostly what a kind, intuitive man he was, inspiring a generation of kids. My condolences to the Yantsos family, and my thanks to Mr. Yantsos for the friendship you showed my entire family, and for the love of learning you instilled in my classmates and I all those years ago.

Andrea Vicidomini LaMantia

November 5, 2020

Mr. Yantsos was my favorite teacher (Fleetwood, 1964-65). I went on to be a teacher myself and often spoke about how he was so innovative and ahead of his time. I made lifelong friends in 6Y; I'm sure in part due to the problem solving skills we learned during teamwork. I kept in touch with him during his teaching career. We met up years later at an Oneonta Alumni Weekend when I was able to share with him how he influenced me as a teacher. Thank you, Mr. Yantsos - you touched me and my students. Rest in peace. My condolences to the Yantsos family - my prayers are with you. I hope your great memories fill your hearts.

Diane Teegan

November 5, 2020

My condolences to the Yantsos family. Mr Yantsos was my sixth grade teacher at Fleetwood Elementary in 1969/70 school year. I remember the life lessons he taught of writing a check and reading the stocks in the newspaper. He was so kind and will be remembered in my prayers.

Linda Elliott

November 5, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with the Yantsos family. Mr. Yantsos was my sixth grade teacher at Fleetwood and I have many happy memories of being in his class.

Karen Weichardt Nyere

November 4, 2020

Mr Yantsos was my sixth grade teacher at Fleetwood in 1962-63. He was one of the greatest, kindest and most innovative teachers I ever had. A beautiful heart and spirit! Rest In Peace, my beloved teacher! Love Karen Weichardt

David Johnston

November 3, 2020

Dorothy , John, Gary and their families,
We are so sorry for your family’s loss. We have so many cherished memories of Jim, dating back to South Madison Elementary in 1960.
His dry sense of humor gave us so many laughs over the years.His warm and sensitive nature contributed to his excellent acting talent. We were fortunate to have seen him in many roles, followed by good times at the Route 59 diner.

We know how happy and proud Jim was of Dorothy’s delicious meals that we were fortunate to enjoy. He was also proud of John and Gary as well as their beautiful children. They were often talked about when we went out for dinner. We saw a sparkle in his eyes whenever he mentioned them.

Jim will be sorely missed by both of us. Health reasons regrettably cause us to not be present tomorrow, but know that you will all be in our hearts and minds.

Love,
Lorna and David


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