Anthony "Tony" Nick Chonis

Born: Mon., Sep. 5, 1938
Died: Sat., May 4, 2013


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., May 07, 2013
Location: Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes


7:00 PM Tue., May 07, 2013
Location: Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., May 08, 2013
Location: Holy Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church

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Anthony “Tony” N. Chonis, 74, of Rochester, died Saturday, May 4th, 2013 at his home following a 10 year battle with C.O.P.D.

Tony was born September 5, 1938 to Nick Chonis and Agathe Nickoglou in Rochester. He graduated from Rochester High School in 1958.  On February 26, 1960 he married Carolyn Prescher.

Tony owned and operated the Rainbow Café across from St. Marys Hospital, which opened 65 years ago by his father.  Tony retired in 2006 due to his health.

He was a lifelong member of the Holy Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church where he in the past served on the parish council and also looked forward to working at the Annual Greek festival.  He was a longtime member of the Eagles Club.

Tony is survived by his wife, Carolyn; their three children, Christine (Mark) Olson of Georgia, Nick (Jackie) Chonis of Rochester, and Diane (Dr. George) Ellis of Missouri; four grandchildren, Justin (Jenny) Chonis of Rochester, Kelley (Adam) Ruszczyk of Rochester, Ashley Olson of Georgia and Brock Ellis of Missouri; and three great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Helen Gikas.

The funeral for Anthony Chonis will be at 11:00 am on Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 at Holy Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church, 703 W. Center Street, with the Rev. Father Mark Munos officiating.  A visitation will be held from 5:00 – 8:00 pm on Tuesday, May 7 with a 7:00 pm Trisagion Prayer Service at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes.

Memorials are suggested to Holy Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church.

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Jean & Greg Gore
   Posted Mon May 06, 2013
We are thinking of your family during this difficult time.. God Bless.

John and nina cokinos
   Posted Mon May 06, 2013
May his memory be external.He is in a better place.Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

Joel and Shari Messmer
   Posted Tue May 07, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to the Chonis family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

bruce bunnell
   Posted Sun May 12, 2013
rest in peace tony.