Antonios P. “Tony” Laouras, age 78 of Dubuque, Iowa, and formerly of Chicago, Illinois, completed his earthly journey on February 17, 2020 at home, surrounded by his loving family. To celebrate Tony’s life, a private family service is being held. Burial will be in the Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville, Illinois. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Tony’s family.
Tony was born on January 30, 1942 in Athens, Greece. He eventually made his way to Hawaii to begin his education after serving in the Greek Army. While working on his Bachelors degree, Tony met the love of his life, Leona Kowalski. She was a transplant professor who just happened to be in the right place at the right time when Tony stepped into her classroom. The two have been blessed with 50 years together, both completing their Masters degrees and working in the English departments in education. Tony has graced the teacher’s desk at Glenbrook South High School, College of Lake County, and Harper College before officially retiring from it all in 2010. Teaching and mentoring was not just a job to Tony, it was his life’s work and his legacy. The only thing Tony valued more than teaching and learning was family, and so he and his wife moved to Dubuque to be close to his daughter and granddaughters. We will miss Tony more than words could ever convey and we will treasure every memory we possess until we see our wonderful husband, father and grandfather again.
Those left behind to cherish the memory of Tony include,
his beautiful bride,
Leona Laouras, Asbury, Iowa;
his beloved daughter,
Stephanie Laouras Prine, Dubuque, Iowa;
his 2 adored granddaughters,
Esther Leigh Prine and Olive Jean Prine;
along with numerous extended family, friends, neighbors and students.
Tony was preceded in death by his parents.
Tony’s family would like to thank Dr. Hermann, along with the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the professional and compassionate care of Tony, and his family.
Online condolences may be shared with Tony’s family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com
To celebrate Tony’s life, a private family service is being held. Burial will be in the Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville, Illinois.