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Pericles G. "Peter" Ress

October 2, 1922 - April 1, 2016
Racine, WI

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Saturday, April 9, 2016
9:30 AM to 11:00 AM CDT
Kimissis tis Theotokou Greek Orhodox Church
1335 S. Green Bay Rd
Racine, WI 53406

Services


Saturday, April 9, 2016
11:00 AM CDT
Kimissis tis Theotokou Greek Orhodox Church
1335 S. Green Bay Rd
Racine, WI 53406

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At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Kimissis tis Theotokou Greek Orhodox Church
1335 S. Green Bay Rd
Racine, WI 53406

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Pericles “Peter” George Ress, age 93, passed away peacefully the morning of Friday, April 1, 2016. He was born in Racine, October 2, 1922, son of the late George N. and Angeline (Nee: Pithes) Ress.

Peter graduated from Washington Park High School “Class of 1941.” He served in the U.S. Army 36th Infantry (Texas) Division during World War II, participating in the North African and Italian campaigns. Peter was wounded in the Battle of Rapido River and a prisoner of war in Germany for 15 months. For his service, Peter was the recipient of the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Good Conduct Medals, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Presidential Unit Citation and three battle stars among countless recognitions.

On June 14, 1953, at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago, Peter was united in marriage to the love of his life, Rita Zografos. He was employed by Racine Steel Castings for 37 years, retiring in 1984. Peter then worked for the U.S. Postal Service and was honored as Outstanding Senior Employee. Peter was a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, American Ex-Prisoners of War and the Disabled American Veterans. A life-long member of Kimissis tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church, he held various leadership positions including serving as president of the church council. Peter enjoyed spending time with his family, working around the house and considered himself an amateur mechanic. He was proud of his Greek heritage – his parents immigrated to the United States from Karies, Chios, Greece – and always lent a helping hand to Greeks who immigrated to this country to pursue the American Dream.

Surviving are his wife of nearly 63 years, Rita; 3 cherished daughters, Joyce (Salvatore) Muffoletto of Kenosha, Angela (William) Apmann of Caledonia, Connie Ress of Manhattan, NY; 2 beloved grandchildren, Peter Reynolds and Allison Apmann; sister, Christine Diamond of Crown Point, IN, nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to his parents, his sisters, Mekala Scopel and Mary Coveris as well as an infant brother, Nicholas Ress, preceded him in death.

Family and friends will be received at Kimissis tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church 1335 S. Green Bay Rd, Saturday, April 9, 2016, 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Athanasios Pieri officiating. Entombment with full military honors will follow at All Saints Cemetery, Pleasant Prairie. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Kimissis tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church in Peter’s name have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at The Woods of Caledonia and to Hospice Alliance for their loving and compassionate care.

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