Georgia Lazarakis Obituary (2023) – Oakland, CA

Georgia Lazarakis (Sarantos) passed away peacefully in Danville, California on Thursday morning, November 23, 2023. She was the youngest of three daughters born to Tom and Bessie Sarantos. Born and raised in Oakland as a first-generation Greek-American, her life has been guided by the traditions of the Greek community and the Orthodox Church. She graduated from Oakland Technical High, attended Merritt Business College and began her career in the accounting department of Safeway Stores. In January 1950, she married Sam Lazarakis and moved to San Francisco to raise a family and continue her career at the city's Paris department store. After the birth of her two sons, John and Tom, she transitioned to being a full-time mother/housewife. In the early 1960s, she and the family returned to their beloved Oakland. At a young age, Georgia became an expert seamstress. She was quite talented and continued her hobby most of her life, making clothes for herself, family members and even clothes for her niece's dolls. She was also an avid baker and honed her skills on the many delicious Greek desserts. Family and friends enjoyed the packages of cookies and candy they would receive from her during the holidays. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Sam, and her son, Tom. She is survived by her son John (Sara) and her son-in-law Michael Robb. Beloved Yiayia of Danielle Lazarakis and Michael Lazarakis (Kristina), great-grandmother of Elliot and Alexander Lazarakis. She will be missed by her nieces Vicky McCuaig (Don), Froscene Phillips-Maniatis (Jim), her sister-in-law Georgia Lazarakis and her nephews John and Sam Lazarakis (Martha), as well as all of her children. The Trisagion service will take place on Monday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m. The funeral service, Tuesday, December 5th, 12:00 p.m. Family and friends are invited to attend services at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, 4700 Lincoln Ave, Oakland, CA. Interment in Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, California. For more information, call Harry Greer, Funeral Director (FDR-745).

Published by East Bay Times on December 3, 2023.