Mary J. Kallas
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Mary J. Kallas
  • April 24, 1923 - December 16, 2017
  • Oceanside, California

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Mary Kallas was born in Akron, Ohio to parents who immigrated from Greece. She was the third child and had two older brothers, Nick and Tony. Her father was a baker and owned a bakery named Just Rite Pies. Her mother was a homemaker who loved to cook, bake, embroider and sew. Mary continued all of these passions throughout her life. She was an excellent cook, baker, sewed, knitted and crocheted. She absolutely loved making bread. She was also very artistic and could draw very well. She loved animals and had many pets such as a monkey and a mynah bird as well as dogs, canaries, finch, fish but never a cat. She learned English as a child and continued to be bilingual all of her life. She could read, write, and speak in both English and Greek. She finished high school and went to a medical assistant school for one year.

She married Milton and had two sons, Louie and Jimmy. They moved to California in 1956 along with her mother and father. She was a homemaker for most of her life. She divorced Milt when she was 48 and went to work for doctors. She was a lab assistant as well as an x-ray tech. She worked until she was 62. She moved from the L.A. area 35 years ago and lived in Vista and Oceanside. She did volunteer work at the senior center in Vista. She loved her sons dearly. She lost her eldest son in 2001 and was never quite the same after that. She then lost her youngest grandson in 2010 which was also hard on her. Both of her brothers preceeded her in death. She traveled to Greece twice with her cousin Mary and went to Florida and Ohio several times to be with extended family.
Mary is survived by her son, Jimmy, his wife, Linda, grandson, Louis, granddaughter, Angela, grandson, Joshua, her greatgranddaughters, Justyne, Adrienne, Katelyn, and her greatgrandson, Tyler, ex-daughter in laws, Carol and Carol, grandson in law, Brock, nephews, George, Vangie, Big Jim, Jimmy, niece, Carol and their families as well as cousins back east.

Mary was a joyful, funny, and loving person. Suffering from dementia the last 10 years of her life did not squelch her sense of humor. Ask her how she was feeling and she would reply, "with my hands". She will be eternally missed by all who knew and loved her. She used to donate to Boys Town, Disabled Veterans of America, and the Salvation Army.