Mary (Stambolis) Danos, a true romantic and passionate gemologist, passed away peacefully at age 90 on April 4, 2024, surrounded by her loving family in Clearwater, Florida. Born on June 18, 1933, in Salem, New Jersey, Mary was the only child of Efthalia (Pavlis) and John Stambolis.

Her life’s great love was her husband of 67 years, Peter Anthony Danos. The two met at a church dance in 1956 when Mary was 23, introduced by Peter’s sister Theodora. They married just seven months later, on January 20, 1957, beginning a lifelong love affair that Mary delighted in recounting.

Mary’s career in the jewelry industry was marked by her exceptional talent and dedication. Her ability to help couples find the perfect engagement ring was not just a job but a passion that often moved her to tears. Her years at Wayne Jewelers, Kaplan Jewelers, and Warwick Jewelers were a testament to her commitment. Encouraged by her boss at Wayne, she went on to become a Registered Jeweler and Certified Gemologist, a testament to her love for her craft.

An active member of St. Luke’s Greek Orthodox Church in Broomall, Pennsylvania, for over 50 years, Mary served as a kindergarten Sunday School teacher for two decades and as Ladies Philoptochos Society President in 1980-81. Her greatest joys were her family and hosting friends and loved ones.

Mary is survived by her husband, Pete; daughters Effie Danos and Joni (Peter) Dagios; granddaughters Dr. Kelly Bay, Sophia Tarabicos, and Maria (Alex) Brooks; grandson Ian Bay; and many cherished relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.

The loss of Mary leaves a void that can never be filled. In her memory, donations may be made to St. Luke’s Greek Orthodox Church. A private service will be held to honor her life and legacy. Mary’s infectious laughter and deep love for others will be dearly missed, but her spirit will live on in the hearts of all who knew her.