on October 17, 2013 - 9:33 PM
Feb. 16, 1926 – Oct. 14, 2013
Constantine J. “Gus” Gianiodis, of Amherst, a former Internal Revenue Service agent, died Monday in East Liverpool City Hospital, East Liverpool, Ohio, after becoming ill while vacationing in West Virginia. He was 87.
Born in Monessen, Pa., he graduated from high school there and served with the Army’s 66th Infantry Division in Europe during World War II. He was aboard the USS Leopoldville on Christmas Eve 1944 when it was attacked in the English Channel, and he received a Purple Heart.
After earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Buffalo, he worked as an IRS agent for 30 years, retiring in 1985. He then worked as a tax preparer for A.J. Curatolo Financial Services, which was acquired by H&R Block in 1996. He retired from the company in 2000.
Mr. Gianiodis had been a member of the Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Annunciation for 69 years, serving in several leadership positions. He was a past president of the Parish Council and a chairman of the Greek Festival.
A resident of Willow Ridge since 1963, he was instrumental in drafting the original charter of the Willow Ridge Civic Association.
A member of Amherst Township Post 416, Veterans of Foreign Wars, he had been quartermaster since 2000.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, the former Barbara Ann Wertman; and four sons, J. Jeffrey, A. Andrew, Matthew and Peter.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, 146 W. Utica St. at Delaware Avenue.