Passed peacefully last evening at Kenny’s Pond Retirement Community in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Leaving to mourn are her sister Evangelia Govatsos, nephews Takis Papadakis and Panagiotis Govatsos, and their families, the Bartellas family, her friends in the Greek Community of Newfoundland and Labrador, her medical colleagues, and her neighbours.
Sotiria completed her medical degree at the University of Athens, Greece (1958). She immigrated to the USA in 1960 completing a medical internship at Memorial Hospital, Albany, New York. This was followed by an Obstetrics and Gynecology residency in Atlanta, Georgia. She started training in Pathology at the Philadelphia General Hospital (1965), while also completing additional postgraduate medical training at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She then immigrated to Canada and completed General Pathology training at the Halifax Institute of Pathology/Victoria General Hospital (1968) and was an Associate Pathologist at the Yarmouth General Hospital (Nova Scotia).
In 1969 she moved to Newfoundland and became an Associate Pathologist at the Grace General Hospital, and became Director of the Pathology Laboratory (1975), followed by Director of Laboratory Services overseeing all laboratory medicine.
She was a Fellow of the American College of Pathologists, Fellow of the American Association of Clinical Pathologists, and Board Certified in Canada and USA in General Pathology. She was an Associate Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
‘Dr. G’, as she was affectionately referred to by many in St. John’s, was a clever woman, a devout medical specialist, an amazing cook, a dog lover, a wonderful gardener, a loving person and a lively spirit. A fierce Spartan, Sotiria was extremely passionate about Greek culture, music, food, and especially dancing! She was a most generous and loyal friend. Before Google there was Govatsos; she was a fountain of knowledge!
Σωτηρία (Sotiria) means “salvation,” which is something or someone that protects you from harm. She certainly helped many in times of need.
We wish to thank all of the staff at Kenny’s Pond Retirement Community for the wonderful care they provided for Sotiria in her last few years. As per Sotiria’s request, cremation will take place with no burial or funeral services.
Αιώνεια της η μνήμη.
Τhe Bartellas family.