Obituaries: Sperie and Nikki Perakos, Together In Life And Eternity

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May 032021

Sperie Peter Perakos and wife Natalie “Nikki” Pappas Perakos of Orange, inseparable and united for more than 60 years, died respectively on April 5 and April 24, 2021.
Sperie, 105, was born in New Britain, CT, son of the late Peter G. and Julia Ladany Perakos; he was a graduate of Yale University, Pierson College Class of 1938.
While later attending Harvard Law School, he was required to return to CT to assist in the family’s theater business, founded by his father. Sperie Perakos enjoyed a long career as President and CEO of Connecticut Theatre Associates. He served the U.S. Army in WWII as a Captain in Intelligence in the 448th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion which participated in the Normandy invasion.
He received a Bronze Star and other honors for his service. Given his effort in France during WWII, he was awarded the insignia of Knight of the National Order of the French Legion of Honor in 2020.
Sperie was proud of his Alma Mater. He was a fellow of Pierson College and active with Yale University throughout his life. Especially worthy of note was his dedication to the Peabody Museum of Natural History for numerous years. He was also close to the Yale School of Drama, organizing various initiatives. He remained active as Class Secretary.
Natalie “Nikki” Pappas Perakos, 82, was born in Detroit, MI, the first child of the late George Harris Pappas and Sophia Taxintar Pappas.
She studied at the Detroit Conservatory of Music and with Marcus Kellerman. She was the youngest member of the Michigan Opera Company and appeared as a soloist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She studied at the Yale Schools of Music and Drama. Her acting endeavors included television and theatre productions.
Nikki was a fellow of Pierson College and the first woman to be appointed to the Yale Alumni Association. She aided her husband Sperie in his activities with Yale until the end of their lives. She was a patron of the arts and volunteer for various organizations. She contributed to the MMA Costume Institute, notably with the Charles James Butterfly Dress.
Although Nikki worked in design, she was often at her husband’s side with his theatre circuit work. Given their involvement in the sector, the couple was active with the Connecticut Association of Theatre Owners (CATO) for many years.
Sperie was assisted by his wife Nikki in the production of the 1961 film “Antigone”, starring Irene Papas and members of the Greek Royal Theatre. The film was acclaimed internationally.
Mr. and Mrs. Perakos were longtime parishioners at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church in Orange. Sperie served as a past District Governor and a lifetime member of the American Hellenic Progressive Association “AHEPA”.
The couple loved life and were inseparable. They brought much love, wisdom, and joy to those their lives had touched. They will be missed greatly. They are survived by several nieces and nephews.
Sperie Perakos is survived by sisters-in-law, Urania K. Perakos and Marilyn Perakos, both of FL. He was predeceased by a sister, Artemis Perakos-Miller; and brothers, Dr. George Perakos, John P. Perakos, Atty. Steven E. Perakos, and Peter (Socky) G. Perakos, Jr.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange, and can be viewed online at www.saintbarbara.org.
Interment with Military Honors will follow in Grove Street Cemetery, 227 Grove Street, New Haven, and can be viewed online at www.facebook.com/WakeleeMemorial.
Additional information and online condolences available at www.wakeleememorial.com .

Six Phenomenal Amity Athletes Commit To Great Colleges and Universities

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Nov 102016

Cory Sachs, Andy Hague, Teddy Hague, Max Scheps Emily Criscuolo, and Nicole Iwaszkiewicz

Cory Sachs, Andy Hague, Teddy Hague, Max Scheps, Emily Criscuolo, and Nicole Iwaszkiewicz

Wednesday, Nov. 9 was College Day at Amity High School when Senior Athletes revealed their College choices.

Three of them are members of the Record Breaking State Championship Amity Baseball Team.
Following is the impressive list:
Cory Sachs – lacrosse at Union College
Andy Hague -signed national letter of intent to play baseball at UCONN
Teddy Hague – baseball at Yale
Max Scheps – baseball at West Point
Emily Criscuolo- signed national letter of intent to run cross country at Boston College
Nicole Iwaszkiewicz – cross country at Brandeis University

Obituary: Claudia Dinan Granata MD, 58, Beloved Wife and Mother

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Jul 282014

claudia Granata obituaryClaudia (Dinan) Granata MD, age 58, of Orange, beloved wife of Dr. Attilio Granata, MD, died Thursday July 24, 2014 in her residence.

Claudia was born in Bridgeport, the daughter of Althea and the late Vincent Dinan.

She was a 1976 graduate of Smith College, and a 1980 graduate of the Yale School of Medicine. She served her internship and residency from 1980 until 1983 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

She was in private practice with Pulmonary Associates of New Haven and was on the medical staff of both Yale New Haven Hospital and St. Raphael Hospital.

After raising her children she taught middle school Mathamatics at the Foote School in New Haven.

Claudia’s family was the center of her life, she enjoyed knitting, cooking, playing the piano, reading and playing with her beloved dogs.

In addition to her husband she is survived by her children; Vincent M., Christopher J., Timothy D. and Elizabeth C. Granata.

Her mother Althea Dinan and her sister Althea Dinan II and her husband Thomas O’Conner.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral on Wednesday, July 30, at 11:00 am at the St. Thomas More Chapel at Yale, for a Mass of Christian burial. Interment will be private.

There will be no calling hours. Larson Funeral Home, 2496 North Ave, Bridgeport is in care of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to either the American Lung Association at www.lung.org or the Breakthrough Collaborative.org

CIAC Division II Hockey Championship Game Tonight (ticket information)

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Mar 212014

The Spartans celebrate a goal during last month's victory against Hand.

The Spartans celebrate a goal during last month’s victory against Hand.

The Amity Spartans Hockey Team is going for the State Title tonight at Yale’s Ingalls Rink at 7 p.m.

#2 Amity is paired with #13 Daniel Hand in this CIAC Division II title game.

One month ago, Amity defeated Hand 6-3, and Spartans fans are praying for a repeat tonight.

In addition to the presale tickets sold HERE, ($8 + $1.90 fee = $9.90) 1,250 tickets will be available at Ingalls Rink tonight. Tickets at the rink are $10. Parking is $5. (if you can, back into your space in the parking garage)


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