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Treso Koken

In Memoriam

June 23, 1933 - October 2, 2023

Treso Koken Anastasiades Flew West from New York City on October 2, 2023.

Treso was born in Oneonta, NY on June 22, 1933 to John N. Koken and Cleopatra (Papdimitriou) Koken.
She graduated from Oneonta High School in 1951, from the Bellevue School of Nursing in New York City in 1954, and later received her Master's Certificate from the Isabel O’Neill Studio.
Treso married Anastasios (Taso) Anastasiades in New York and resided there for many years with brief stays in San Francisco, CA.

Through the years, after graduating from Bellevue, she was an emergency room nurse at Bellevue, a volunteer nurse at the Tom Dooley Foundation in Kathmandu, Nepal, personal assistant to actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, active at the Isabel O’Neill Studio, and a senior flight attendant with the Flying Tigers Airline.

During her time at the Tom Dooley Foundation, she unexpectedly watched the arrival of an ambulance with a vehicle–long signage: “Medical Coach, Oneonta, NY”. Of course, the tires came from Monser Brothers and all of the interior fabric was from the Sew and Save.
While flying with the Tigers, Treso was on innumerable eventful flights including those transporting: our Armed Forces personnel to and from Vietnam amid enemy fire, Hungarian refugees to Australia, a plane full of very young Korean orphans across the Pacific to our West Coast from which they went to their new homes, and NASA scientists to and from various assignments around the world.
During those years with the Tigers, the crews had long overlays which enabled them to see and enjoy the cultures of many countries and the diversity of the continents.
Treso is survived by her sisters, Kathleen Canellis Grygiel, and Sophie Koken Richardson; goddaughters, Jean Manon, Zoe Combs, and Jennifer Royal; Bellevue classmate and lifelong fun-loving and steadfast friend, Jimmy Arrington; niece, Christine Grygiel West (Todd); nephews, Mark Grygiel (Michelle), Angelos (Faini), Elissaio, Vincent and Apostolios (Lito) Mangiriades; cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews and her many Tiger friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, her brothers-in-law Frank “Gus” Grygiel and Bernard Richardson.

A funeral service was held at Saint John The Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in New York City on Saturday, October 7, 2023.
The burial will be at Noon, Thursday, October 12, 2023 at the Oneonta Plains Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to, the website of Oneonta‘s only family-owned funeral home, Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono at 51 Dietz Street.

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