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Helen Vlahos

Female 1922 - 2011  (89 years)


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  • Name Helen Vlahos 
    Born 25 Apr 1922  Kewanee, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 9 Sep 2011  Sharon, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Graceland Cemetery, Sidney, Shelby County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Helen Vlahos Johnson died peacefully in Sharon, CT., on Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, at the age of 89.

      Born in Kewanee, IL. on April 25, 1922, to Emily and Dave Vlahos.

      Helen graduated from Kewanee High School and Kewanee Business College with a degree in Court Reporting. She married Michael Evans Johnson, of Sidney, on July 4, 1943; and they moved to Sidney in 1945 after Michael was discharged from the Army.

      While in Sidney, Helen served in Eastern Star Pleiades Chapter (Worthy Matron in 1954), on the Board of Sidney Rainbow Girls, Bara Court Ladies Oriental Shrine and the Shelby County Girl Scouts. She was the Grand Organist for the Order of Eastern Star in Ohio in 1971. Helen and Michael were best known as the owners and operators of Johnson's Restaurant and Holiday Bowling Lanes on Michigan Ave. during the 1950's and 60's.

      In the late 70's, the Johnson's moved to Grand Rapids, Mich., where Helen served on the committee of the Grand Rapids Public Museum which organized the 1983 exhibit "Greek American Family; Continuity through Change," one of her proudest achievements. In the late 80's the Johnson's moved to the San Diego, Calif. area where Helen was an active member of the Greek Orthodox Church, singing in the choir and serving as president of the Senior Citizens Group. In 1994, the Johnson's were happy to move back to Sidney where they reconnected with old friends. After Michael's death in 2008, Helen spent her final years at the Sharon Health Care Center in Sharon, CT., near her daughter Leah's home.

      Helen loved music and laughter and was beloved by all. She will be missed.

      Helen is survived by her son, Evans (Ellen) Johnson of San Diego, CA., daughter, Leah (Robert) Wilcox of Ancramdale, NY; grandson, Robert (Jessa) Wilcox, Jr., Helen's precious great-granddaughter Adalia, of Brooklyn, NY.; grandson, Andrew Wilcox of Arcramdale, NY., brother; Ted Vlahos of LaGrange Park, Ill.

      Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at Adams Funeral Home, 1401 Fair Road, Sidney, with Father Mark Emroll officiating. Burial will follow in Graceland Cemetery.

      Visiting hours will be from 5 - 8 p.m. on Friday, September 16th at the

      funeral home.

      In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Helen's honor to the Sharon Health Care Center, 27 Hospital Hill Road, Sharon, CT. 06069 or to charity of choice.
    Person ID I1484  Shelby County OhGenWeb
    Last Modified 3 Feb 2016 

    Family Michael Johnson,   b. 21 Mar 1915, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 2008  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 4 Jul 1943 
    Children 
     1. Evans Johnson
     2. Leah Johnson
    Last Modified 3 Feb 2016 
    Family ID F372  Group Sheet