Van Anagnost, 88, a lifelong resident of Nashua, NH passed away on Friday, April 20, 2012 at the Community Hospice House, Merrimack, NH surrounded by his family. He was born on April 29, 1923 in Nashua, first-born son of the late Nicolas and Alexandria (Haramopoulos) Anagnostopoulos making him a first generation Greek-American.
Mr. Anagnost graduated from Nashua High School, Class of 1941 and went on to proudly serve his country during WWII in the US Army Air Corps as a Staff Sergeant. He served in the European theater of operations with the 485th Bombardment Group (Heavy) flying B-24 bombers out of Venosa, Italy. He flew 20 missions over Germany, Poland, Austria and Romania until his plane was shot down and crash-landed on the island of Vis. In an earlier mission he and his crew had to bail out over the mountains in Yugoslavia. For his service he was awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Campaign ribbon with 4 Battle Stars, the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.
Following his discharge from the service he attended Ohio State University. He married Freda Barrett in 1947, she survives him. Mr. Anagnost is also survived by three children; Nicholas, Meg and Matthew and his wife Lisa, a granddaughter; Molly Branch, several loved nieces and nephews and his brother and sisters; James, Bette Brooks, Angeline Sheck. His sister-in-law Pauline Theriault and brother-in-law Raymond Barrett. He was predeceased by his siblings; Michael, Mary Ratoff, (Bill) Vasiliou, Harry (Lambi), Tillie Pappas and also by his mother and father- in- law; Alfred and Helen Barrett.
Van was well-known as a great Husband, Father, Chef and Historian and had a knack to remember every year and date of anything significant that happened with his family as well as world history. He remained very active in the community with his church, St. Philip Greek Orthodox Church, and the prior church; Annunciation. Also, with AHEPA, NAMI, the James E. Coffey Post #3 American Legion, Nashua Post #7 DAV and Nashua Post #483 VFW.
Mr. Anagnost was a plant manager for Hume Pipe of Merrimack for 17 years, until 1965 when he built and operated Van’s Dairy Bar in Merrimack for five years. Prior to his retirement he was employed at Blue Line Express, Inc. for 17 years and was a Teamster Union Retiree, Local 633.
He will be dearly missed by the many friends he touched (walkers and coffee mates) and especially by his family.
Per his wishes funeral services were private. Burial with military honors was held in Woodlawn Cemetery, Nashua. Memorials in Van’s memory may be made to the Home Health & Hospice Care, Community Hospice House, Attn: Development, 7 Executive Park Drive, Merrimack, NH 03054, Greater Nashua Mental Health Center at Community Council, 7 Prospect St., Nashua, NH 03060, HARBOR HOMES INC., 45 High Street, Nashua, NH 03060 or to NAMIP.O. Box 759155Baltimore, MD 21275-9155. The Zis-Sweeney Funeral Home, 26 Kinsley St., Nashua assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be offered at www.zissweeneyfuneralhome.com.