The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

January 13, 2014

John A. Joanou

Farrell High grad worked 37 years at Sharon Steel


- — Mr. Joanou was born July 8, 1926, in Rhodes, Greece, a son of Alex and Olga Nicholaou Joanou.

John came to the United States when he was 5 months old and was a 1944 graduate of Farrell High School.

Following his graduation, he became a licensed projectionist and managed several local movie theaters and drive-ins. In 1948, he began working at the former Sharon Steel Corp.’s Farrell plant where he would work for more than 37 years before his retirement in 1986 as a master machinist. During his term of employment, he served on the company’s safety committee and was a shop steward.

Mr. Joanou was a member of Free and Accepted Masons Hebron Lodge 389 in West Middlesex and was a former officer of the G.A.P.A. (Greek American Progressive Association) in Farrell.

During his free time, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and taking care of his family and home.

John leaves behind: his devoted wife of more than 60 years, the former Eva Faklis, whom he married June 6, 1953; his daughter, Lori Jean Chirakos and her husband Sam, and granddaughters, Alexandra E. Chirakos and Anastasia E. Chirakos, all Dublin, Ohio; his brother, Marko Joanow and his wife Fannie, Hermitage; a sister-in-law, Sylvia Joanow, Tarpon Springs, Fla.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Manuel Joanow.

Memorial contributions may be made in John’s memory to St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 389 Clark St., Sharon, PA 16146; or St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 429 High St. NE, Warren, OH 44482.


John A., 87, Brookfield.

Calling hours: For friends and family from 5 to 7 p.m. today (1-14-14) in MADASZ CHAPEL OF LANE FAMILY FUNERAL HOMES, 6923 Warren-Sharon Road, Brookfield, with a memorial service at 6:45 p.m. Family and friends may send condolences at

Service: Funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday (1-15-14) in St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 389 Clark St., Sharon, with the Rev. Andrew Gall officiating.

Interment: Arch Angel Michael Cemetery, Campbell, Ohio.