Penelope R. Harbilas
July 2, 1926  -  January 31, 2019

Penelope R. Harbilas


Viewing
Carey Hand Colonial Funeral Home
2811 Curry Ford Road
Orlando, FL  32806
Friday, February 8, 2019
6:00pm-8:00pm
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Trisagion Service
Carey Hand Colonial Funeral Home
2811 Curry Ford Road
Orlando, FL  32806
Friday, February 8, 2019
7:45pm
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Funeral Service
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
1217 Trinity Woods Lane
Maitland, FL  32751
Saturday, February 9, 2019
10:00am
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Greenwood Cemetery
1603 Greenwood Street
Orlando, FL  32801
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Penelope (Penny) Harbilas, 92, of Orlando, died on January 31, 2019 after a long and happy life. The eldest of five daughters, she was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, to John and Asimo Rousakis of Greece. In 1958, Penny and her husband, John, moved to Orlando, Florida, after visiting the area on their honeymoon. The house on Shamrock Court where they lived for 48 years is filled with happy memories; the back door was always open for family and friends to drop by. In 2016, they moved to Westminster Towers Orlando.

They were founding members of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Orlando where Penny spent decades serving as a Sunday school teacher, in the Ladies Philoptochos Society, and at the Greek festival. Penny always welcomed newcomers and became Godmother to many. She often went out of her way to help someone in need.

Penny loved children and spent 20 years working as an attendance clerk at two Orange County schools where she knew every child by name. Her greatest joy was seeing or hearing of her children, grandchildren, and extended family spending time together. In retirement,
she enjoyed traveling with John and their close friends George and Vivian Fotieo.

Penny is survived by her loving husband and children, Nick (Callie), Bill (Stella) and Elaine (Diane); grandchildren, John, Matina, James and Justin; and sisters, Anne Thomas, Sophie (Manny) Papadoconstantakis, and Connie (Jim) Kouchalakos. She was preceded in death by her sister Stella Georgantas. Penny leaves a legacy of many cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, Godchildren, and friends whom she loved dearly.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Orlando, 1217 Trinity Woods Lane, Maitland, Florida 32751.

Services will be as follows:


Friday, February 8, 2019: Visitation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a Trisagion service at 7:45 p.m. at Carey Hand Colonial Funeral Home, 2811 E. Curry Ford Road, Orlando, Florida.

Saturday, February 9, 2019: Funeral service at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1217 Trinity Woods Lane, Maitland, Florida.

Burial at Greenwood Cemetery, 1603 Greenwood St., Orlando.

A reception will follow at the Agape Ballroom at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.


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  1. Paul Jackson
    , FL

    Mr. H, Nick, Bill and Elaine: So sad to hear of Mrs. H's passing. We can only aspire to live our lives with the kindness and love in which she lived her life. Deepest Sympathies. Paul

  2. Ann Conley
    Ocala, FL

    John, Elaine and family my thoughts and prayers are with you all. I often think back to Penny’s beautiful smile and calming influence. May she Rest In Peace.

  3. Dale Kelly
    Winter Garden, FL

    John,
    Our prayers our with you and your family. Penny was such a delight to get to know in our service at CFE. Julie and I fondly remember our trips to various destinations where we got to share new experiences and visit the sites. Penny always welcomed whichever one of my kids came along for the experience. She was a treasure!

  4. Marie Wishau
    Longwood, FL

    My prayers are with you, John and your whole family. Penny was a wonderful person, always smiling and always wanting to do something for you. May her soul rest in peace with our Blessed Lord. Marie

  5. Linda Voll
    Apopka, FL

    Thoughts an prayers to your family and friends.

  6. Dee Garabo
    Orlando, FL

    Had not seen you in a while my friend, but you were often in my thoughts. And I will think of you at Clemons, when I pass by Shenandoah and when chatting with Deerwood friends. Rest in peace, you are loved by many.

  7. Dee Garabo
    Orlando, FL

    Had not seen you in a while my friend, but you were often in my thoughts. And I will think of you at Clemons, when I pass by Shenandoah and when chatting with Deerwood friends. Rest in peace, you are loved by many.

  8. Sandra Mathers
    ORLANDO, FL

    Penny Harbilas and her husband, John, were my next door neighbors for 20 years and what wonderful neighbors they were. Penny was always ready for a visit and a chat. She was a lovely woman.
    I am so sad she is gone, John and Elaine. Unfortunately I leave town tomorrow (Feb.7) and won't be home until late Sunday. I am so sorry to miss the visitation and service!
    Sandy Mathers

  9. Mary Mantzaris
    Lake Mary, FL

    Penny was a sweet, wonderful person. She was the first to greet my family when we moved to Orlando in 1977. I will miss her and her smiling face. May her memory be eternal.

  10. Scott and Kim Sanders
    Oviedo, FL

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

  11. Gayle and Greg Lashley
    Orlando, FL

    Our thoughts and prayers and with you and your family.

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