OBITUARY

Christopher Pilafas Geschke

March 16, 1985July 24, 2020
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Christopher Pilafas Geschke passed away suddenly on the morning of July 24, 2020. He was 35 years old. He is survived by his father, James Geschke, daughter Alexis Geschke, and two brothers, Andrew and Nicholas.

Chris was born in San Diego, CA, the oldest child of James and Elaine Geschke. Elaine passed away in January, 2020. Chris attended Rio Seco Elementary and Middle School before moving on to graduate from Santana High School in Santee, CA, Class of 2003.

His time at Santana is encapsulated by two dramatically different storylines. The first occurred on March 5, 2001 when the school was the site of a major school shooting that left two students dead and 14 injured. Chris, who was a few days shy of his 16th birthday, was one of many Santana students traumatized as witnesses to the tragedy. He eventually wrote about the experience, which was published in the San Diego Union-Tribune and the (Greek) Orthodox Observer.

On a more positive note, Chris overcame major back surgery at age 13 to become a leader and All Grossmont Conference linebacker for the Santana High football team.

After his graduation in 2003, the family relocated to the Atlanta metro area of Lawrenceville, GA in Gwinnett County. Over the next few years Chris traveled to Europe and to Greece three times, visiting London, Paris, Rome, Venice, Florence, Athens and many of the Greek Islands. Eventually he attended Georgia Perimeter College, where he was an “A” student and twice honored on the Dean’s List, before transferring to Georgia State University, where he majored in history.

In 2010, Chris along with Jordan Haley, celebrated the birth of their daughter, Alexis. Chris worked several jobs, including the Priest Assistant at the Cathedral of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Atlanta. Throughout his life, Chris was a scholar of history, and used his amazing intellect to analyze and study Western culture, particularly Medieval and Renaissance histories of England and Italy.

A devout lifetime Orthodox Christian, he spent his life serving the church, even from his adolescent days as an acolyte at St. Gregory of Nyssa in El Cajon to serving as the Priest’s Assistant at the Annunciation in Atlanta. In the last few years he devoted much of his time caring for his beloved mother Elaine, who was ailing for an extended time before her death earlier this year. He will be remembered best as a big man with a big heart, his incredible intellect, a jovial sense of humor, complete loyalty to his family and as a devotee to the television series Game of Thrones.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 2500 Clairmont Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30329. (404) 633-5870.

  • FAMILY

  • Alexis Geschke, Daughter
  • James Geschke, Father
  • Elaine Catherine Geschke, Mother (deceased)
  • Andrew Geschke (Ashley), Brother
  • Nicholas Geschke (Breanna), Brother
  • A. J., Nephew

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Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 30, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, July 30, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial Service to follow, Greenwood Cemetery

Memories

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Andrew Geschke

August 7, 2020

This is my real memory to share.
Chris, I will never forget the times we shared together; whether it was us going out to raise hell when we were kids or staying at home debating history, battle tactics and just laughing until our sides hurt. Watching Charger games together and joking we'd be old men yelling at kids that haven't been born yet. You were my best friend, my most loyal ally, and biggest protector. My life will not be the same without you and I would do anything to see you again. But I know that you're within the light of God and hugging Mom tightly. So it will be sometime before I see you again but as you already know, I love you and miss you terribly. Please watch over me and my family.

I love you Brohim,

Andrew

Maria Maniatis

August 4, 2020

So very sorry to hear of Christopher's tragic passing. My heart goes out to his daughter, Alexis, his dad Jim, his brothers, and the Pilafas and Geschke families and friends. May his memory be eternal.
All My Love,
Maria
Scottsdale, AZ

Carrie Brandt

August 3, 2020

Oh keeks, I have so many memories of your entire life. From going to see you the day you were born , babysitting you, that darling little boy playing with his brother and cousins, going to your football games, family Sunday dinners, vacation.... the list is endless. Mostly I’ll miss your awesome hugs. You have always been so sensitive. To the plight of others , your family and friends. I will miss you. It still doesn’t even seem real. But I take comfort in knowing the strength and depth of your faith and have peace in the fact that I know you are with our Heavenly Father and your loved ones that have gone before you. What a reunion Celebration that must be. I love you keeks and my most sincere sympathies to Jim, Andrew, Niko and the entire extended family.

Andrew Geschke

August 2, 2020

I miss you and love you Brohim.

Vernon and Kathern Rogers

August 2, 2020

YiaYia Iris Pilfas and I knew each other from Wyoming. When we started St Gregory of Nyssa in El Cajon I remember the boys and their beloved mother Elaine
And father Jim and all the family.
Christopher was an Acolyte
Nicholas was the first baby to be baptized in our new church.
May Christopher’s memories be eternal .

James Geschke

July 29, 2020

I already miss you, Champ. A huge piece of me is going with you. The bond between father and son is sacred, and so it was with us. You'll be with me every day until my last, gasping breath ... and then beyond. I love you to the stars. -- Dad

Natalie Osborn

July 29, 2020

Theo Jim, Andy, and Niko,
What a beautiful tribute to Keke. We will all miss his contagious smile, laugh, and true love and protection for those he loved. I will always remember all of the fun days on Mission Beach as kids, road trips and flights to Chicago, Texas, Wyoming, California and all of the crazy fun we had together, the countless inside jokes from our teen years with our classic nickname Thea Elaine gave us “Mr. and Mrs. Gibbons”, and sharing time with our beautiful children Landon and Lexi. I will think of my favorite partner in crime and biggest protector forever and always. My heart and prayers are with you guys during this difficult time. Love you all.

Natalie & Landon Osborn (Cousins)
Buford, GA

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