Joanna Nichols Tsalapatas, resident of Charleston, S.C., passed away peacefully on January 9, 2022. She is survived by her two daughters, Pamela Tsalapatas Church and Anna Tsalapatas (George Gratzick), her grandchildren Nicholas Gratzick, Benjamin Gratzick and Susannah Church, her nephews John Nikolatos and Bart Nichols and her niece, Joanna Myllo Graham (Patterson) and great niece, Maura Graham. Her daughters are extremely appreciative of the loving and excellent care provided by her caregivers at Harmony West Ashley in her last months.
Joanna lived a long and healthy life surviving her husband Paul Tsalapatas (2017) and her two sisters Katherine Nichols (2015) and Louisa Nichols Cowan (2006), all of whom she missed dearly.
Joanna was born in Cleveland Ohio in 1928 to Benjamin (Bartholomeo) Nichols (Nikoloudis) and Anna Vitsenzou of Greece. Her father relocated the family to Columbia S.C. in the early 1930s for the opportunity of owning his own business, Peoples Bakery on Main Street. Sadly, Joanna's mother passed away when Joanna was eight years old. Joanna grew up working in the bakery alongside her much-revered father and exhibited a true talent for baking and beautifully artistic cake decorating. She married Paul in 1953 in Columbia where they were active and beloved members of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and community.
Joanna was beautiful, funny, kind and high-spirited. She was the definition of hospitality, always cooking and baking for her family, friends and community. Joanna loved people and brought smiles and laughter to all with whom she came in contact as she was always truly interested in everyone she encountered in daily life. Having lost her mother at such a young age, Joanna was determined to be the mother she so missed, encouraging her daughters, nephews and niece in their pursuits and providing unconditional love and support for all their endeavors. Her family and longtime friends were always very important to her but her grandchildren were most precious of all. She will be forever loved and missed.
May her memory be eternal.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to any charity of choice.