Rev. Fr.  George  Spero Zervos, Proistamenos

Obituary for Rev. Fr. George Spero Zervos, Proistamenos

February 8, 2019
DeKalb, Illinois

Obituary

Rev. Fr. George S. Zervos, Proistamenos

Father George Spero Zervos was a native of Detroit, Michigan, Sts. Constantine and Helen Church, and the Annunciation. In June 1965 he graduated from Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, met and married within three months, Anne Kotsos, from Chicago, Illinois. After moving to Salonika, Greece to further his studies in Greek and Theology for eight months, the family returned to the States and Fr. George was ordained Deacon at the Annunciation of Detroit on St. Elias Day and then elevated to the Priesthood one week later at Sts. Constantine and Helen.

He served the Metropolis of Chicago for 23 years, where besides being the Priest of his communities, he served as Youth Director for the Metropolis for 10 years, Chicago Metropolis Oratorical Festival Chairman for 7 years and the National Oratorical Festival Chairman by request of the late Archbishop Lakovos. He taught area Sunday School Religious Seminars for 5 years, started Priest versus Parish Council basketball games with proceeds going to Holy Cross Seminary and served on the Ecumenical Relations Committee for 15 years. He was also elected a member of the Association of Orthodox Theologians. In 1984, he was elevated to the rank of Protopresbyter.

In the 1990's he transferred to the Atlanta Metropolis, where he was voted Vice-President of the Orthodox Priests and representative of the Southern Clergy for the Metropolis. In 2000, he was awarded the Saint Andrew Medal of Honor at the St. James Catholic Church in Myrtle Beach, SC by the Monsignor of the Church for his ongoing Ecumenical efforts. After being instrumental in the rebuilding of the St. John Greek Orthodox Church, he was assigned to the Detroit Metropolis under Metropolitan Nicholas, who placed him at St. Nicholas Church in Jamestown, NY. He served that great parish for 12 years. In 2016, he returned to the Chicago Metropolis and served at St. George in DeKalb, IL for 2 years.

He authored two bilingual liturgical books: The 200 page "Funeral Services of the Greek Orthodox Church" and the 275 page "Leratikon-the Sacred Preparatory Services for the Celebration of the Divine Liturgy", which is used by Priests throughout the United States and as a teaching for the Seminarians at Holy Cross.

Despite these achievements, he believed his most important accomplishments were as a Parish Priest from 53 years, a husband to Presvytera Anne for 54 years and a father to his three children, Stella Maria, Spero George and Sofia Elizabeth. He was also blessed with two grandsons, Alexandros George and Nikolas Theodore. He is also survived by his sisters, Nika Danigelis and Sandra (John) Canaras.

Fr. George was preceded in death by his parents, Spero and Stella (Baryamis) Zervos.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 4-8 P.M. at St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church, 1855 5th Ave., Aurora, IL with a Trisagion Service at 7 P.M. Divine Liturgy will be held on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 8:30 A.M. and the Funeral Service will be at 10 A.M. also at church. Interment will be at Elmwood Cemetery, River Grove, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church Altar Fund.

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