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A Loving Legacy

George and Harriet Korellis would surely be very proud to know that their daughter Karen Korellis Reuther and her husband, Dieter, have made a substantial gift to HCHC in their memory to create an endowment that will allow a deserving high school junior or senior to attend the annual CrossRoad Summer Institute for many years to come. CrossRoad is a tremendously popular program that brings young Orthodox Christians together for ten days of academic, spiritual, and social engagement. Many participants describe CrossRoad as life-changing and a significant number of them later return to campus as Hellenic College and Holy Cross students.

Why HCHC? As Karen says, “My parents were first-generation Greek Americans who loved the Greek Orthodox Church and put that love into action throughout their lives. With this endowment, their support will continue for generations to come.” And why CrossRoad? Dieter explains, “With all the pressures and pull of social media, it’s especially important to give our kids meaningful face-to-face experiences.” Karen adds, “My parents would love CrossRoad. If it had existed when they were the right age, they would have been the first to sign up, and praying for just a little financial help to do it.”

Both Harriet and George Korellis were born in 1928 to hardworking Greek immigrants. George’s parents were the caretakers of St. Demetrios Church in Hammond, Indiana, and from the time he was a young boy, George helped them with such tasks as stoking the coal furnace. Harriet was born and raised in Chicago but moved to Hammond when she was 21. She was a woman of many and varied talents, including an eye for fashion and a strong mind for business. A passionate Cubs fan all her life, she pitched a mean fast ball herself. Not surprisingly, Harriet and George met at St. Demetrios and were married there. Harriet was active in Philoptochos and George served for many years on the church board, including time as president. He was always the first person to welcome new members to the church with a smile and a hug.

The couple founded Korellis Roofing, Inc., in 1960 and loved their business, their customers, and their employees for over half a century. In 2014 George was named Businessman of the Year by the Lake Shore Chamber of Commerce. Throughout all their years together, the Korellises remained devoted to each other, their family, and the church that first brought them together. 

George passed away in 2015, Harriet in 2017, but thanks to their daughter and son-in-law, their legacy of love and faith will long endure at our school. For that, we are extremely grateful. May their memory be eternal!

Learn more about the CrossRoad Summer Institute at www.crossroadinstitute.org.