Sophie Bekas Alexis, beloved mother, grandmother,
aunt and friend passed away peacefully on March 12, 2012 surrounded by her loving family at her home in Carlisle. Born in
Boston, Massachusetts on January 9, 1925, Sophie was the daughter of the late Angela (Janavaris) and Charles "Pop"
Bekas, originally of Karystos, Greece. She was the widow of George J. Alexis, who died January 27, 1979. Her brother, Tony
Bekas of Norristown also preceded her in death.
Sophie was a 1942 graduate of John Harris High School, Harrisburg, where she excelled in
playing the violin for the high school's orchestra. She retired from her employment at the former Merchants & Business
Men's Mutual Insurance Company, Harrisburg to join her husband in the ownership and operation of the family business "The
Femina" restaurant in Carlisle, a Dickinson Law School landmark.
Sophie is lovingly remembered by her son, Dean G. Alexis and his wife, Cynthia of Santa Fe,
NM; daughter, Joanne Alexis of Carlisle, granddaughters; Emily, Elena and Ryah Alexis and many adoring nephews and nieces
across the nation, including newly-born Sophia Siobhan Conroy of Philadelphia who was named after her beloved "Thia"
All who knew Sophie Alexis
will miss her gentle nature, kindness, wonderful sense of humor and wisdom.
Sophie was a devoted, founding member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, where
she was active with the Philoptochos Society, Saints Joachim and Anna Society and the Daughters of Penelope. Additionally,
she was an associate of the Carlisle Civic Club and a member of the Carlisle Garden Club since 1956.
Viewing and Trisagion will take place on Friday, March 16, 2012, at 10 a.m. followed
by the funeral service at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1000 Yverdon Dr., Camp Hill. Burial will be held
at Westminster Memorial Gardens, Carlisle. Ewing Brothers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Cathedral.
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Dean and Joanne and family,
A life well lived and celebrated, go forward proudly!!!
George and Liz Dete
Rest in Peace Mrs. Alexis.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dean and Cindy and all the family.
Rick Field and family
My condolences to your family, may the Lord
Jesus comfort you at this time.
Rejoice cause absent from the body is present with the Lord, again rejoice.
deepest thoughts and sympathies are with you and your family.
My friend Dean.
Shelly and I are sorry for your loss.
Don't cry because it's
over. Smile because it happened.
Tom Holman and Shelly Anderson
Dean, Joanne and all of your loved ones.
Please accept the deepest loving thoughts of our decades
of memories from the only remaining member of the (Mick and Dottie Ruth) "adopted Greek" family. Joanne, you especially
know what I am talking about! Mom and her best friend on the entire planet earth "Alice" talked endlessly for hours
on the phone about what-ever???? Your Dad "George" made the best Cheeseburgers in the world (at the Fem) and
always had kind and/or sometime words of stern fatherly advice to me for many years. Your mom, this dear lady "Sophie",
was always in the background seeming to keep the whole "Greek thing" grounded and in order. My Mother Dottie
always loved your whole family as our own, and I did too. Sadly, I cannot make it to the funeral service, but I will try my
best to visit over the weekend.
Love you all so much,
Denny Ruth and Family
I grew up hearing all about my mother's close friend Sophie Bekas.
Toula Diamond Buhrman told me Sophie and her family were the nicest people. She loved Sophie very much. They continued their
friendship for some eighty years.
Dean, Cynthia, Emily, Elena and Ryah:
Sending you all heartfelt condolences and prayers for your loss of a wonderful
woman, mother and grandmother. Stay strong and positive.
Robert F. Corroon Jr.
Dear Joanne and family, please accept my deepest
condolences. I knew Sophie her brother Tony, and her family since Greek School when we were @ 12 yrs old. We sang in
the small Greek choir and had picnics at Hershey Park. I have many happy memories of Sophie and her family. I will miss her
very much. I will pray for her.
My condolences to you and your family for your loss. I was glad to
see that your mom was a part of the Church. Celebrate her life here on earth and her promotion to the next life.
'but just as it is written, "THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE
HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM." -1 Corinthians 2:9
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