Nicolas Kounelis

Nicolas (Nick) Kounelis, age 89,
of Fond du Lac, passed away peacefully at home Saturday April 11, 2020, surrounded
by his family and treasured collections. He was born on July 6, 1930, and grew
up in North Fond du Lac, the son of Michael and Pauline (Koutsos) Kounelis. Nick
proudly served in the United States Navy as a machinist mate on the USS Samuel
B Roberts 1952-54 and graduated from Milwaukee School of Engineering as a Mechanical
Engineer. On September 2, 1962, he married Theodora “Rita” Kalabolas at Holy
Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Fond du Lac. Nick’s job with Delco Electronics
took he and Rita to Dayton Ohio where they started their family. His job as an
engineer at Mercury Marine brought them home to Fond du Lac and upon his retirement
from Mercury, Nick took over his family business, Mike’s Place in North Fond du


Nick was a long-time member of
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox church and over the years served as a board member
and treasurer. He was a tinkerer and collector and passionate about repurposing
items. He loved all dogs and took great pride in his gardens. “Poulie” was truly
a kid at heart and always ready to play and make time for his grandchildren.


Survivors include his wife Theodora;
his children, Michelle (James) Reinardy, Michael (Amy) Kounelis, Lisa (Daniel)
Mueller; his grandchildren, Maria Mueller, Gino Kounelis, Anna Mueller, Tonia
Kounelis, and Krista Reinardy; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and
friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, John (Barb)
Kounelis, Irene Goyer, and Alex (Judy) Kounelis.


Private family services will be
held at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and burial will take place at Rienzi
Cemetery. A celebration of life service for the public will be held at a later


The family extends their gratitude
to paramedics, St Agnes 4th floor staff, Hope Hospice staff and special thank
you to Jodi Greenfield.


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