Της Ριζες

The Roots

Ω Πατερας

The Father

Ioannis (John) Vavagiakis
Ιωαννης Βαβαγιακης

Γεννη: Παλεοχωρα, Κρητη 1924

Born: Paleochora, Crete 1924

Η Μητερα

The Mother

Ioanna (Anna) (Glentzaki) Vavagiakis
Ιωαννα (Αννα) (Γλεντζακη) Βαβαγιακη

Γεννη: Ασι Γονια, Κρητη 1928

Born: Asi Gonia, Crete 1928

The Wedding

On March 26, 1956 John and Anna were married at the church where her mother, Maria Glentzakis, was caretaker for many years: Evangelistra in Xalepa, Chania, Crete.

Η Εκκλησία της Ευαγγελίστριας


That evening they took the Ferry boat to Athens to spend some time with Anna’s brother, Kosta before their journey to the US. Needless to say the wedding was bittersweet.

Except for one perhaps.

More wedding pictures

New York

John and Anna left Pireas on the “Olympia” steamship and arrived in New York City on April 12, 1956. Their first residence was in the Bronx, near Anna’s uncle and sponsor, Papa Kostakis. There they had Steve (Efstratios) and Costa (Constantinos). After Papa Kostakis moved the church to Jackson Heights, Queens they moved to Astoria, Queens. It is where their third child Peter (Panagiotis) was born. In 1973, the family moved to Richmond Hill, Queens in a building that John constructed.

Τα Παιδια

The Children