John Glaros


John George Glaros March 2, 1928 – November 11, 2023

Services for Mr. Glaros will take place all in one day on Friday November 17, 2023 at Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 11025 South Roberts Road Palos Hills Illinois 60465.

Visitation will be from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM. Funeral Service will begin promptly at 10:30 AM, immediately following the visitation. John will be laid to rest at Bethania Cemetery of Justice.

For information please contact Michael Orrico at 815/260-0668 or

Ιωάννης (John) Γεωργίου Γλαρός fell asleep in The Lord November 11, 2023 at the age of 95 with his loving family by his side. He was the Beloved husband of Mina (nee Menegis) for 60 years; Loving father of Paris Glaros, Argyroula (Howard) Baniewicz, and Anna (Robert) Duffey; and Cherished παππού of Evangelos, Mina, Johnna, Jonathan and Anna. John was born in Panagia, Ikaria Greece to Georgios and Anna (nee Pastis) Glaros. He was the second sibling of the late Nikolaos (late Anna) Glaros, the late Kalliope (late Brigadier General Alexandros) Salavopoulou, Argyro (late Georgios) Bazou, Emmanuel Glaros and the late Paris (Fotini) Glaros. In 1940, John and his family fled Ikaria to escape the war and famine, seeking refuge in Alexandria, Egypt and Beirut, Lebanon. He joined the Greek Navy at 14 years of age, where he was affectionately referred to as ‘ Γλαρουδάκι ’. As the helmsman of the Kanaris (L53) Destroyer, he earned a Medal of Honor. He later also served in the Greek Army. In 1970, he immigrated to the United States with his wife and daughters, and soon after had his son Paris. John became a construction painter and was known for taking on difficult and challenging jobs, such as bridges and various infrastructures that others were too faint of heart to take on. John was a proud father and grandfather of two generations of Koraes graduates, including a Greek Archdiocesan Valedictorian and two Salutatorians. He was very proud of his family and Greek heritage, and looked forward to splitting his time between the states and his beloved house in Glaredos, Ikaria every year. John’s passion in life was his fierce dedication to his family. He was a hardworking and humble man who valued the pure and simple things in life—nurturing his family and garden, and drinking his Greek καφεδάκι . Known for his no-fuss and no-frills attitude, he was the greatest husband, father, and grandfather one can have or ever aspire to become. John will forever be remembered for being strong, honest, selfless, inspiring, loving, and above all, fearless. He will be missed dearly and will always live on in our hearts. Αιωνία η μνήμη του. All arrangements entrusted to Orrico Kourelis Funeral Services Inc.