Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State

Making a Home

The Greeks in Washington enjoyed a home life often filled with extended family and Greek language, cuisine and music.

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Pauli Diafos

Pauli (Pauline) Cave’s name is interesting. Her given name, Polixeni, literally translated means many strangers and her first married name, Diafos, was originally Diafilakis or two little kisses.

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Theodora Cokinakis Geokezas

Born, raised and educated in Washington State, Theodora Cokinakis Geokezas spent 31 years in Minnesota raising her family, serving her community and polishing her culinary skills.

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Willene Allison

Great yiayia (grandmother) was too long to say for Willene (Vasiliki) Delegans Allison’s great grandson, so the name for this family matriarch became simply “Great.”

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Steve Sourapas

Steve (Stavros) James Sourapas’ Greek family experience and the operation of the family business were closely intertwined.

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Manda Bekris

While the town of Manson, Washington, was reminiscent of her parents’ homes in Greece, hers was the only Greek family in the area.

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Ethel Tschida

When Aphrodite (Ethel) Turlis Tschida’s first child was born, her love for the baby was overwhelming and she feared that she would not have enough love for future children.

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Magdaline “Molly” Tsalaky

Magdaline “Molly” Tsalaky (nee Barbas) treasures the musings of her father’s writing on whatever paper was available, even the back of vegetable can labels.

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Rose Hanches

One would only have to receive a few of the cleaned fresh vegetables and fruits from her garden to appreciate how Triantafilia (Rose) Hanches (nee Stefanis) has given generously to her family, friends and church.

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Mary Manolides Formuzis

The framed pieces on the wall appear to be photos. However, when one looks closely, the cross stitch and needle point pieces show how meticulously the work has been done.

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George Alex

It’s not just George Alex’s height, but the extent of his generosity and honest reputation that earn him this title.

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