Sophia Copanas (nee Thanos), 95, our loving, adventurous and independent minded mother, a life long resident of Syracuse, New York, passed away on September 21, 2019.
Sophia was predeceased by her dearly loved husband of 70 years, Peter Nicholas and her brother Daniel Thanos of Cleveland, Ohio. She is survived by her sons Christopher of St Petersburg, Florida, George of Los Angeles, California and John of Syracuse, New York along with several nieces and nephews.
A bit of a tom boy growing up, she could win any fight she got into with her male classmates and could also be counted on for mischievous behavior. Like the time she was caught smoking in the balcony of the Loew's State theater when she was 11 years old. She gagged on the smoke which ended her interest in cigarettes.
She attended Syracuse University, but not being academically minded, dropped out in her freshman year. Clerical work didn't suit her. While working at a bank, she called in sick on a Friday, but unfortunately was seen in New York City at Grand Central Station that weekend by a co-worker and was promptly fired when she returned to work on Monday.
Once married Sophia became a homemaker, who liked to travel with her husband Peter. She also loved going to the movies, usually twice a week, often taking her children which turned them into big movie fans at an early age.
When she was offered a job at the Travel Merchants in 1962, she quickly accepted and began a new career as a travel agent. This was a dream job that offered Sophia the opportunity to travel extensively abroad. Over the years she became a successful agent who could book a complete itinerary for clients based on her first-hand experience of France, italy and especially Greece and the Caribbean. She retired as a travel agent in 1991.
We may have lost our vivacious, funloving mother and the adored wife of our dear father. But the memories of a wonderful caring mother will always be cherished by her three sons.
To comply with Sophia's wishes there will be no calling hours, a funeral service will be held for family on Thursday, September 26th at Burns Garfield Funeral Home.