Saturday, November 26, 2011

Gus A. Cotsones- Bradley

Gus A. Cotsones, 76, of Bradley, passed away Tuesday (Nov. 22, 2011). Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, with a 7 p.m. Prisagon service, at the Schreffler Life Story Funeral Homes, Kankakee Chapel. Family and friends are welcome to meet at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Saturday and process over to Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 296 N. Washington Ave., Kankakee, for the 11 a.m. funeral services.

Burial will be in Mound Grove Gardens of Memory, Kankakee. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church.

He was born May 10, 1935, in Vrontama, Greece, the son of Antonios and Angeliki Kotsonis. In 1951, Gus emigrated to the United States and moved to Ottumwa, Iowa. In 1953, he moved to Kankakee to work at the Normandy Restaurant with his cousin, Leo Cotsones. Shortly thereafter, Gus entered the U.S. Army and served in Germany. Upon his return, Gus and his brother, Pete, opened The View Restaurant in the Meadowview Shopping Center in Kankakee.

In 1974, he moved to Hickory Hills, where he met his wife, Pat. They were married in 1975 and later that year, Pat gave birth to their daughter, Angella. In 1979, Gus and Pat returned to Kankakee and opened the Town and Country Restaurant. They retired in 1997.

He was a member of AHEPA; a parish council member of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church; and a member of the Aroma Park American Legion Post 1019. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, bowler, golfer, beekeeper and the world's biggest White Sox fan.

Gus is survived by his wife, Pat Cotsones; children, Angella Stavrakis (Cotsones), Dean "Dino" Panagopoulos, Martha "Martie" Mancuso (Panagopoulos); grandchildren, Nicole Cummens (LaFine), Michael Mancuso, Dina Stavrakis, Chris Stavrakis; brother, Pete Cotsones; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Christos and Dimitri.

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Source: The Daily Journal - November 25, 2011

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