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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" Sophie.

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.

Frances Perez

My deepest thoughts and sympathies are with you and your family.

Bill Field

My friend Dean.
 Shelly and I are sorry for your loss.
Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.

With love
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.
My mother, 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.

Dorothy Buhrman

Joanne, 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.

Warm hugs,
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.

Her friend,
Toula Buhrman

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.


Jerry Rhodes

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