Mary Antalis Georges, 93 of Shadyside, Ohio passed away peacefully on December 31, 2018 at the Wheeling Hospital.
She was born April 19, 1925 in Weirton, WV, daughter of the late John and Stasia (Kyriazoglou) Antalis.
Mary graduated valedictorian in 1942 from Weir High School in Weirton, WV. In 1946, she earned her registered nursing degree from St. Luke’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. After marrying her husband, Danny in 1947 and beginning her nursing career in Cleveland, she returned to the Ohio Valley in 1952 to join her brother, Dr. A.J. Antalis, at the Powhatan Clinic, while also working at Bellaire City Hospital and the Ormet Corporation. She later served as nurse and office manager, working alongside both of her brothers, Drs. A.J. and Jim Antalis, at the Shadyside Clinic.
Mary was a longtime member of the Martins Ferry Greek Orthodox Church of the Life-Giving Fountain. She also participated in many local clubs and organizations including the Shadyside Chamber of Commerce, the Hillview Garden Club and the Shadyside Women’s Club. She was an honorary member of the Shadyside High School National Honor Society and served as the band camp nurse for the Shadyside High School Marching Band.
Mary was a beloved figure for decades in Shadyside and a friend to many. Often known as “YiaYia” by the younger generation, she enjoyed taking long walks around the town and visiting with her friends and neighbors. Although not originally from Shadyside, she made the town her own, and never missed attending any event held nor an opportunity to celebrate all things Shadyside. She was a stranger to no one, and would go out of her way to make anyone feel welcome in her presence. A long-time nurse, she would selflessly make house calls and come to the aid of all those in need. She was especially proud of her Hellenic heritage and loved Greek music, dancing, and her church where she was a member of the Ladies Philoptochos Society.
In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Professor Daniel Georges, and her five siblings: Dr. A.J. Antalis; Colonel Stephen Antalis; Professor Liberty Antalis; Stanley Antalis, and Dr. James P. Antalis.
Mary is survived by her three children, Peter (Sharon) Georges of Mentor-on-the-Lake, Ohio, Stacey (Eric) Ritter of Shadyside, Ohio and Dr. Angelo (Nancy) Georges of Wheeling, WV; eight grandchildren, Amy Zlotnik, Jennifer Cunningham, Elizabeth LeMasters, Maria Ritter Koler, Daniel Ritter, Nataliedrew Georges, Natasha Georges and Ian Georges; eight great- grandchildren, her sisters-in-law, Teddy Antalis and Sue Georges and many nieces and nephews, including her cherished niece, Terry Antalis Rucker of Shadyside, Ohio.
Above all else, Mary adored her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved her.
Friends will be received at the Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory 3900 Central Avenue Shadyside, Ohio on Wednesday from 6 to 8 pm and Thursday from 4 to 8 pm. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11 am at the Martins Ferry Greek Orthodox Church of the Life-Giving Fountain with Rev. Fr. Michael Ziebarth presiding. Interment will follow in the Powhatan Cemetery in Powhatan Point, Ohio.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Martins Ferry Greek Orthodox Church of the Life-Giving Fountain or the Professor Daniel Georges Scholarship Fund through the Franciscan University of Steubenville or the Marshall County Animal Shelter by going to TMCFunding.com.
Share your thoughts and memories with Mary’s family at www.bauknechtaltmeyer.com.