In Memoriam: Tula M. Gallanes

Tula M. Gallanes

March 1, 1926 – March 2, 2018

Tula M. Gallanes, a 54 year resident of Riverside, California, reposed peacefully, on March 2, 2018, in Moraga, California. She was 92 years old, having celebrated her birthday on March 1st.

Born in 1926 in Oakland, California to George and Helen Marakas, she had a very close relationship with her younger sister, Anna. Their family was among the first parishioners of Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, on Brush Street in Oakland.

She graduated from Oakland High School in 1944, and matriculated to San Francisco State University where she earned her B.A. degree, with a major in education and minor in music. Thereafter, she joined the Oakland Unified School District as an elementary school teacher. She later earned her Master’s Degree in School Administration from S.F.S.U., as well.

She married Dr. Odyssea Gallanes in 1963 and relocated permanently to Riverside, California. She and her husband were parishioners of Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, members of the Shrine and Eastern Star organizations, and she participated in the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

She served, from 1989-1995, with distinction as the President of the Philoptochos (women’s philanthropic organization) of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco, under the spiritual leadership of Metropolitan Anthony, of blessed memory.

“Tula’s involvement in the church was extraordinary and exemplary. She was a bright light in her service, never turning her back on those in need, and always striving to share God’s love through her actions,” stated His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos. “As the Metropolis Philoptochos President, Tula was a visionary and elevated the work of this ministry to create new programs and initiatives like the Bishop Anthony Philoptochos Student Aid Endowment Fund and Camp Agape, both of which are still thriving and are a testimony to her outstanding leadership abilities. Tula was a kindhearted woman, a faithful woman, and a cherished friend. May she find eternal rest in the Lord’s heavenly Kingdom and may He comfort her grieving family and all who mourn her passing.”

We remember her for her love of God, love for her family, devotion to His Church, and generous spirit. She is predeceased by her loving husband of 54 years, Dr. Odyssea Gallanes. She is survived her sister, Anna Marakas Counelis; nephew, Hon. Steven and Stacia Counelis, Anna and Christos; nephew, Dr. George and Sophia Counelis, Demetrios and Demosthenes. May her Memory be Eternal!

All services were held at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension in Oakland, CA. Metropolitan Gerasimos was the celebrant of the Funeral Service on March 7, 2018. Memorial donations may be made to “Bishop Anthony Philoptochos Student Aid Endowment Fund” or “Kids ‘n’ Cancer Ministry”, both c/o Ladies Philoptochos Society, Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco, 245 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103; Or visit


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