Samuel Condes April 24th,1915 – July 22nd, 2020
In light of the current health situation, the services for Mr. Condes will take place all in one day as a semi private service. The visitation will take place 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Saturday July 25th at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church 15625 South Bell Road Homer Glen Illinois 60491. WITH THE HELP OF THE CHURCH PARISH COUNCIL ONLY 40 PEOPLE WITH MASKS ON WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE CHURCH AT ONE TIME IN ACCORDANCE WITH CDC GUIDELINES OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS AND THE GREEK ORTHODOX METROPOLIS OF CHICAGO
THE FUNERAL WILL BEGIN PROMPTLY AT 10:30 AM AND WILL BE RESERVED FOR FAMILY AND THOSE THAT HAVE MADE RESERVATION WITH THE FAMILY DIRECTLY BY CALLING HARRIETTE AT 630/487-7678. Mr. Condes will be laid to rest at Evergreen Cemetery in Evergreen Park Illinois. The Condes and Zervakis families would like to thank you for understanding and greatly appreciate your prayers and gestures of sympathy during this difficult time. Most importantly they wish for you and your loved ones to be safe.The family has asked that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church.
**Again if you plan to attend the visitation you MUST have a mask and will have to pay your respects and leave so others may enter… Thank you
Samuel “Sotirios” Constantine Condes passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 22, 2020.
Born and raised in Chicago, Sam was the oldest son of the late Constantine and the late
Haricleia (Yiannias) Condes. He was predeceased by his beautiful wife Helen (Plakas) Condes; his
brother Nicholas (Sue) Condes; his brother Charles (Phyllis) Condes; and his toddler sister,
Samuel is survived by his daughter Harriette (Tassos) Zervakis, his son Johnny Samuel Condes,
grandson Samuel Constantine Condes, grandson Peter Nicholas Zervakis (fiancée Katerina
Demetra Pappas), godson Angelo Avgerinos, cousins, and friends.
Sam attended Mt. Carmel High School for two years on an academic scholarship and later
studied at the University of Chicago. A gifted, life-long musician, he played violin as a child and
the piano as an adult. Sam took voice lessons at the Sherwood Conservatory in Chicago and was
a tenor in several Greek Orthodox church choirs. An opera lover, Sam greatly enjoyed singing in
the Chicago Greek Chorus, a group that staged Greek operas. The Chorus also sang weekly on
the radio during WW II, assisting in raising funds for the Greek War Relief effort. Sam taught
himself how to read Byzantine music and chanted in church services, as well as directing choirs.
During World War II, Sam served in the U.S. Army as an anti-aircraft artillery gunner and was
honorably discharged with various decorations, including two Bronze Battle Stars. He rarely
spoke about the war, but he did share an experience that may be described as a miracle.
Sam traveled extensively throughout the United States. Each time he visited a city, Sam would
look for the closest Greek Orthodox church, attending services and joining the chanters/choirs
When he worked for the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, Sam was highly regarded for his
meticulous calculations of complicated rates and for his leadership and teamwork skills. He
declined promotions to the Louisville office to stay close to his Chicago family.
Diplomatic and mild-mannered, Sam was beloved and admired. The family thanks caregiver Gigi
Piotrowska for all the times she made him laugh.
Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 A.M. on Saturday, July 25 at Assumption Greek Orthodox
Church, 15625 South Bell Road, Homer Glen. For the funeral at 10:30 A.M. required reservations
may be made at 630/487-7678 In lieu of flowers, donations to Assumption Greek Orthodox Church of Homer Glen are appreciated.