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Stanley P. Salavantis


Stanley P. Salavantis, 93, of Pittston Township, went to sleep in the Lord on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at the Golden Living Center, Plains, surrounded by his family.

Born in North Adams, MA on November 18, 1922, he was the son of the late Harry and Marina Genevesos Salavantis. He joined the Army and proudly served his country in the European Theatre during World War II. He always felt it was his honor to have served his country in this very perilous time. It was after he returned home that he was introduced to and met the love of his life, Nitsa, who he married shortly after in New York City.

In 1954, he along with his wife and three children moved from Brooklyn to the Pittston area to take co-ownership of the Majestic Lunch, which he then owned and operated for 44 years until his retirement in October of 1998. Although he was technically retired, he kept his presence at the Majestic and could be frequently found discussing the state of the world with his friends and family. The Majestic is still owned and operated by his family, a fact that made him very proud.

A devoted husband and father, he tirelessly dedicated his life to providing the best he could for his family. Although he never completed his high school diploma, he felt that education, personal responsibility, respect and family values were the cornerstone to a successful life. He believed it, lived it and will be truly missed but never forgotten by those that knew him.

He was an active member of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Wilkes-Barre; a Past Master and former trustee of the Masons St. John’s Lodge #233; and a member of the Keystone Consistory and Irem Temple Shriners.

He was also a 50 year member and past president of the AHEPA Chapter #44.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers John, George and Bill Salavantis; and sisters, Bertha Burdick and Dena Lekas.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers John, George and Bill Salavantis; and sisters, Bertha Burdick and Dena Lekas.

Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Nitsa Karantzalis Salavantis; children, Harry Salavantis and his wife Cletta, Shavertown; Helen Salavantis, North Olmsted, Ohio; and Mary Knaus and her husband Joseph, Laflin; grandchildren, Ambria Kramer and her husband Darren; Stefanie Salavantis and her husband James McGrady; Steven Salavantis and Niki Winters; Jennifer Dompkosky and her husband David; Brittany Holly and her husband Jason; Nitsa Payne and her husband Matthew; Julia Godfrey and her husband Dr. John; David Knaus: Christina Cavallo-Miller and family, and great-grandchildren, Ava; Cole; Eulalie; Kaylie; Peyton; Josephine; Vivian; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Heartfelt thanks to the great care and compassion of the staff at the Golden Living Center in Plains, PA.

Friends may call Wednesday, July 20, 2016 from 4pm-7pm (with Trisagion Service at 6pm and Masonic Service at 7pm) as well as Thursday, July 21, 2016 from 9:30am–10:15am at the Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 251 William Street, Pittston. Funeral services will be Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 11:00am in the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 32 E. Ross Street, Wilkes-Barre. Interment, with military honors, will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery, South Main Street, Hanover Township. Memorial donations may be made to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church or to a Veteran’s organization of the donor’s choice.

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