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James H. Ziogas, 94

July 06, 2024

James H. Ziogas, 94, of Elizabethtown, PA, passed away Saturday, July 6, 2024, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Mouzaki, Greece he was the son of the late Harry and Vasilike (Papaioannou) Ziogas. He was the loving husband of Helen (Papadakis) Ziogas with whom he shared over 59 years of marriage.

He and his mother immigrated to the USA on July 15, 1939, when he was 9 years old and settled in Tamaqua, PA. Jim went onto graduate in 1949 from Tamaqua High School. He graduated in 1953 from Franklin and Marshall with degrees in Economics and History. During his undergraduate college years, he was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha and Phi Delta Kappa fraternities. He furthered his education with classes at Bucknell University and received a Master’s degree in Education from Temple University. Jim taught social studies from 1959 till his retirement in 1992 at Elizabethtown Area School District. Many of his previous students have kept in contact with him.

Jim was a member of the Elizabethtown Lion’s Club where he served as president. He was a member of the EAEA where he served as president and was also a member of the PSEA and NEA.

He was a longtime member of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church where he taught Sunday School, was a past president of Parish council, served faithfully as an usher and greeter, and participated in the annual church food bazaar. Jim was a devoted, life- long member of AHEPA where he served as vice president and secretary for many years.

Jim proudly served in the US Army in Germany during the European Theatre from 1953-1955.

Besides spending time with his family which he loved, Jim’s hobbies included stamp collecting, reading, and gardening. In particular he enjoyed raising dahlias for over 50 years and shared bouquets with friends and family.

In addition to his wife, Helen, he is survived by his children: Antonia Ziogas and Harry Ziogas both of Elizabethtown and Melissa Jones of Lancaster. Also surviving are his three grandchildren, Patrick Jones, Eleni Lindberg, wife of Keaton Lindberg, and Katherine Jones. He was preceded in death by his son-in-law Michael P. Jones.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2024, at 11AM at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 64 Hershey Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603. A viewing will be held on Friday evening from 6-8PM at the church with a Trisagion Service at 7PM. The second viewing will be from 10-11AM on Saturday at the church. Interment will follow in Conestoga Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jim’s memory may be made to Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, www.annunciationorthodox.org.

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July 11, 2024

I’m so sorry for your loss, may he rest in peace, and may all your memories of him bring you joy.
Diana Fels

July 11, 2024

I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He was my favorite teacher in school. He was a wonderful caring person.
Sue Risser

July 11, 2024

Mr. Ziogas was my 7th grade social studies teacher. I loved that he wanted his students to interpret Socrates’ motto, “Know thyself.” He actually cared what we thought. He taught us how to reflect on important people and events and how to organize our thoughts both in discussion and through essays. He inspired me to become a social studies teacher. My daughters also benefited from his inspirational teaching methods. He was generous with his wide knowledge and with his kindness. He was a true gift to the teaching profession and to the Etown community. Condolences to his family.
Elizabeth Garber Lewis

July 11, 2024

I am so sorry to hear this. Mr. Z was one of my favorite teachers at Etown. A lot of fond memories.
Bruce Roland

July 10, 2024

Mr Z was my favorite teacher in middle school. He taught my father as well and he lived right down the street from me. He always called my dad Ebie when he was in school so he called me Ebie Jr. He always had a funny story to share or he wants to shake you hand to grind your knuckles. He was my most cherished teacher and I will never forget him. Many prayers to the family for your loss of a great man. 
Crystal Penn (Ebersole)

July 10, 2024

Mr.”Z” was a well known and liked teacher that touched many lives ,he will be missed dearly…thoughts and prayers to the family
Mary Kline Halbleib

July 10, 2024

Mr. Z was one of my most favorite teachers ever. He was so inspirational and kind. I will always remember the time that I spent in his class. My deepest sympathies to the family. He was truly a good man and will be missed 
Jennifer Roush (Salter)
Class of ’89

July 10, 2024

To Mr. Ziogas’s loving family!! 
As a former student of Mr .Ziogas was easily one of my most favorite teachers and a source of my inspiration!!    To his, widow as his family you deserve to be very proud of the wise, gentle man he was inspiring children every day to love learning and do more with their lives than they ever thought they could!!
Thank you for sharing him with the rest of us as long as you did!
May the Lord heal your hurting hearts!!
Jackie Minick

July 10, 2024

I remember Mr Z as a teacher but more so as our neighbor with the beautiful flowers. My sincere condolences to the family. 
Jill Campbell Brinser

July 10, 2024

One of the best teachers and person that God blessed this earth with!  Mr. Z was the reason I loved history.  Thank you for your service and for making an impact in so many lives.  
Wanda Sipe

July 10, 2024

Our deepest condolences  to the family of  Mr. James..
Nadia Bibawy

July 10, 2024

Mr. Ziogas was one was one of my favorite teachers when I attended high school in 1976- 1977. I enjoyed his class the most. He was very kind. I thought of him many times over the years. He will be missed. Prayers for him and his family. 
Beth (Sidelnick) Clement

July 10, 2024

One of the finest gentleman we ever met. Loved and so respected the family. Good friends with my father in law Joseph. Rest in peace sir. 
Condolences to the family with love. Sincerely The Carotto Family. 

July 09, 2024

My prayers and condolences to the family. He was a very good teacher and lovely person.
Wendy Stahl

July 09, 2024

To Mr Z’s family, He was a wonderful social studies teacher. I was in his class I believe in 1986! And decades later, my parents were friends with Mr Z in the E-town stamp club. Just a few years ago, after my parents moved down to Georgia to move in with my family, he sent us some dahlia tubers for our garden. Some of which are in bloom again this year. He made everyone smile and was a good friend to people of all ages. I am so sorry for your loss.
Julie Bouchard Fries

July 09, 2024

Dear Helen, Antonia, Harry, Melissa and family,
I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I was privileged to have him as my social studies teacher, and to have all of you as our wonderful neighbors when we lived on Hummelstown Street. I have fond memories of him working in the garden and digging up the tubers from those spectacular dahliais in the fall! He was a lovely man who, throughout his teaching career, had a positive and lasting influence on his many students. I send my deepest condolences and hold you all in my heart. Much love ….
Vrenae Sutphin

July 09, 2024

He was the best teacher. I loved going to his class. I send prayers and sympathies to the family . He was a great man and teacher and he touched my life as I’m sure he did many. God bless . 
Robin Ness (White)

July 09, 2024

So sorry for your loss. Jim was a very kind person, great teacher and a wonderful neighbor.
Patricia Whitmoyer Snyder

July 09, 2024

I have so many memories of Mr. Ziogas and his wife coming into Weis when I worked there from 2004-2012. He would grab the newspaper and stand at the customer service desk and quiz us all. He would tell us stories of his years in teaching and growing up. I looked forward to their weekly shopping trip. He always had a joke, taught us Greek, had something sarcastic to say, and never left without words of advice or guidance. What a treasure he was. 
Amber

July 09, 2024

Jim was a long time customer and he called me”The Great One”. I have years of conversations and laughs when he came to drop his clothes. And he occasionally liked to correct and point out proper English..lol. I was unable to see him since Covid and my heart breaks over not having a few more memories with him. Rest in peace Mr. Z. You will be greatly missed.
Tracy Teahl

July 09, 2024

R.I.P.  my friend 
Gary S. Lighty

July 09, 2024

Mr. Z was a great teacher at EAHS. He made a great impression on many students over his career. He will be remembered fondly. My thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. May you find comfort in your memories.
Amie Robinson Barone EAHS class of 1980

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Friday, July 12, 2024
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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