Anastasia, was the daughter of two immigrants from Macedonia, Nicholas & Helen Sketas. She and her two brothers were born and raised in Queens, New York as "First Generation" Americans during the hard times of the Great Depression. They formed a very close and loving family which endured throughout their lives. In addition to regular school, she attended Greek school to maintain family traditions and culture. Although she wanted to take Greek dance lessons, she was required to learn to play mandolin instead, which she hated. Later in life, she became a shy, but good piano player, thankful to have learned to read music.
After High School, she went to secretarial school and became lightning fast at typing and shorthand. As her brothers fought in WWII, she was working hard to help make her family's life better. Following the war Ann met Frank (who wasn't Greek) at a dance. They were married at New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral.
She raised "three good boys" in Brooklyn and later on Long Island. Ann then worked as a valued secretary at West Hempstead High School. When Yiayia needed help, she was there for her mother. With an assist from her brothers, she tended a beautiful garden, with flowers, blueberries, and vegetables. An indulgent wife, she tolerated family antics including bowling balls rolled down her hallway, whiffle golf balls hit in the living room, a secret pilot license and much more. All this, soothed by a cup of tea.
With all the boys married & out of the house, a big change came with a move to Florida. There, Ann finally joined a dance group, at first with Frank and after his passing, alone. She also found a nice group of ladies who played Scrabble and took trips together. There were also enjoyable visits with her growing family and some travels abroad.
How sad to win the battle with breast cancer only to have your life's memories slowly stolen by Alzheimer's. Anastasia is survived by her sons, Joseph(Patti), Nick(Janet), Michael(Eve) & her loving brother Argiros. There are four grandchildren, four and counting great grandchildren and many other loving relatives and friends. We know she is now resting at peace in the loving arms of family and our Lord. She will be missed, but remembered!