William M. Antonis

Born: Sun., Nov. 18, 1928
Died: Sun., Aug. 29, 2010


3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Sep. 02, 2010
Location: - Not available -

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Sep. 03, 2010

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William N. Antonis

November 18. 1928 – August 29, 2010



William Nicholas Antonis, 81, of South Bend died at 7:45 p.m. Sunday, August 29, 2010 in Memorial Hospital following a short illness.  Mr. Antonis was born November 18, 1928 in South Bend to the late Nick K. and Irene (Florakis) Antonis and was a lifetime area resident.  He is survived by his sister, Aliki Katsaris.  He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Themistocles Katsaris.  After graduating from South Bend Central High School in the class of 1945, he attended Purdue University where in 1948 he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He later attended the University of Notre Dame Law School from which he was awarded the degree, Dr. of Jurisprudence.  From 1954 until his retirement in 1993 William was a patent attorney for the Bendix, Allied, Allied-Signal, and Honeywell corporations during which time he attained the position of Chief Patent Counsel.  William was a life long member of St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Church, serving on the parish council numerous times.  He was a pillar of his church and was honored as “Godfather” of the Good Samaritan Cultural Center and of St. Andrew’s Church.  In 1983 he was honored by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and the Diocese of Chicago with the Medal of St. Paul in recognition for faithful and dedicated service.  Among other memberships, he was also a member of the Order of AHEPA.  William was a generous, considerate, quiet, and private person who enjoyed his family, home, and close friends.  He will be greatly missed by his beloved sister and his many friends.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 3rd in St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Church, 52455 Ironwood Rd., with Rev. George Knonstantopoulos officiating.  Burial will follow in Southlawn Cemetery.  Friends may call from 3 until 7 p.m. Thursday, September 2nd in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home, 521 N. William St. where a Trisagion service will be held at 7:00 p.m.  Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Andrew’s Endowment Fund, 52455 Ironwood Rd., South Bend, IN, 46635.  Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at www.welsheimer.com.


Charitable donations may be made in William's memory to the following organization:

St. Andrew’s Endowment Fund
52455 Ironwood Rd., South Bend, IN, 46635

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Mr and Mrs Dean Kanalos, and Mr and Mrs William Kanalos
   Posted Thu September 02, 2010
Dear Aliki, please accept our most sincere condolences for the loss of your beloved brother. May our Lord keep him in His care, and may He grand you strength in this very difficult time. "Aionia tou i mnimi".

With deepest sympathy,
Bill and Betty Kanalos & Dean and Anthoula Kanalos

John Brademas
   Posted Thu September 02, 2010
I was deeply sorry to learn of the death last Sunday of Bill Antonis. Bill and I were both students at Central High School and, of course, were both deeply proud of our Greek heritage. He was an outstanding citizen of our community and strong supporter of the Greek Orthodox Church. Bill will be in my thoughts and prayers.

John Brademas, President Emeritus,
New York University, 53 Washington Square South, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10012

Christos & Claudia Kirgios
   Posted Thu September 02, 2010
Dear Aliki,

Please accept our condolences for the passing of your beloved brother. His kindness and his warm spirit will be missed by all of us who knew him. I will especially miss seeing him by your side every Sunday at church, and speaking with him at the end of the service. May God accept him in His embrace, and may He grant you the strength during this trying time. Καλο του Παραδεισο και Αιωνια η μνημη του αδελφου και φιλου μας.

Theodora L. Callas
   Posted Thu September 02, 2010
Aliki: My deepest sympathy in the lost of your brother. Bill recently introduced me to you but I just want you to know he was a great guy and I thought very highly of him -- always helpful. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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