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Charlotte Katherine (DeShazo) Kartsonas

September 30, 1939 ~ November 29, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old

Charlotte Kartsonas Obituary

Mrs. Charlotte Katherine DeShazo Kartsonas, 84, of Waycross, passed away early Wednesday morning, November 29, 2023.

Born in Montgomery, AL on September 30, 1939, she grew up in Waycross before moving to New York City where she lived until returning to Waycross in 2000.  Mrs. Kartsonas graduated from Wacona High School and attended Wesleyan College in Macon where she had been active in theater. In 1957 she moved to New York, where she met the love of her life of 60 years: Vassilis Demetrios Kartsonas. They married in the summer of 1960.

She was always very devoted to her family.  One could fill a book with all the wonderful attributes she possessed. She was a member of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Staten Island where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday School. She was employed at the HIP Medical Center in Staten Island, NY until her retirement in 2000. 

Charlotte Katherine was an inspiration to everyone. If you were fortunate to have known her, you will always remember her incredible imagination, words of enlightenment, and encouragement. In her spare time, she loved to sing, write short stories and recite poems. She traveled, and enjoyed gardening. 

She was a daughter of the late James Calvin & Emma Corrine Sweat DeShazo and preceded by her late husband.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Maria & Thomas Hayes of Point Pleasant Beach, NJ; her son and daughter-in-law, Dimitri & Daria Kartsonas of Atlanta; her sister, Millicent DeShazo Gillis of Waycross; her brother & sister-in-law, Jim & Judy DeShazo of Waycross; her 6 grandchildren whom she adored, Thomas (Melissa) Hayes, Jr., Robert (Jackie) Vassilis Hayes, Katherine Hayes, Julia Hayes, Christopher Kartsonas, and Olivia Kartsonas; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives.

Funeral services for Mrs. Kartsonas will be held Thursday, December 7, 2023, at 12:00 o’clock from the Pearson-Dial Funeral Home Chapel.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

Interment will be in the Oakland Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Dimitri Kartsonas, Thomas Hayes, Thomas Hayes, Jr., Robert Hayes, and Christopher Kartsonas.

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Pearson Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangement. 

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Funeral Service
December 7, 2023

12:00 PM
Pearson-Dial Chapel
659 Main St.
Blackshear, GA 31516

December 7, 2023

11:00 PM to 12:00 PM
Pearson-Dial Chapel
659 Main St.
Blackshear, GA 31516


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