Alexandra (Sandra) Findlay-Xanthaky

Hi Marcy,


I would feel most honored to have my daughter's photo posted on the site of that wonderful group of people...LMHS '61. After 15 years, these homecomings never change...they never become just a matter of picking someone up at the airport and bringing them home. These people are so very special. No matter what one's politics are, there is such a feeling of excitement, togetherness, pride. This country is so very fortunate to have them, and their families. You asked if I could say a few words. It's impossible..I'd write an entire essay! Her name is Petty Officer Christina Althea Xanthaky, and her Unit is MIUWU 202 (Mobile Inshore Underwater Warfare Unit) It is a Navy Combat Unit. They guard the oil platforms, and patrol the gulf between Kuwait & Iran. Right now they are undergoing demobilization. After that she will have a little rest, then new orders, and she'll be going back to the Middle East. While in Kuwait, Christina received numerous medals, new Certifications (including Combat Field Lifesaving, Expeditionary Warfare Pin). In case you couldn't tell, we're extremely proud of Christina, her shipmates in the Navy, and all of our Military. One of my favorite gifts from this deployment is a cloth made of a piece of cami jacket fabric embroidered with a recipe for Stuffed Camel! One Medium Camel...4 lambs...20 chickens (roasted)...150 eggs(boiled)...40 kilos tomatoes...salt & seasoning Stuff eggs into tomatoes...stuff tomatoes into chickens...stuff chickens into lambs...stuff lambs into camel...Roast until tender. SERVES 150 PEOPLE!! Enjoy!!

 Hugs, Sandra Findlay Xanthaky xoxoxo

When Sandra sent me this moving photo entitled "My Baby's Home", I asked her if she would mind if I shared this with all of you and if she could write a few words explaining the story behind the picture. Happily, she complied.

Rcvd 6/27/08

ONEONTA – Alexandra Xanthaky, beloved wife, mother and grandmother passed away Wednesday evening, March 20, 2019, at her home in the Town of Milford, surrounded by family. She was 75.

 

Born August 25, 1943, in Glasgow, Scotland, Sandra was a daughter of Alexander and Margaret H. (Morison) Findlay. Following World War II, the Findlay family emigrated to the United States and first settled in Jersey City, New Jersey, and then later moved to Levittown on Long Island. 

 

Sandra was a Registered Nurse, and for thirty years was part owner and office manager for Upper Main Street Associates, her husband’s medical practice in Oneonta. 

 

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Gregory J. Xanthaky, MD, of Oneonta; two sons, George S. Xanthaky and his wife, Bok-dal of Odessa, Florida, and Peter A. Xanthaky of Canton; three daughters, Diana Xanthaky DeRosa and her husband, Frank of Lloyd Harbor, Ariadne (“Dee”) Xanthaky Nikiforou and her husband, Chris of Atlanta, Georgia, and Retired Petty Officer Christina Xanthaky, USN of Milford; five grandchildren, Frank, Gabriella, Nicholas and Sophia DeRosa and Gregory Xanthaky; one brother, Alistair Findlay and his wife, Lynn of Plymouth, Massachusetts and their son, Alec Findlay; and one sister, Carol Findlay of Bradenton Beach, Florida and her daughter, Cecelia Peers. She is also survived by her beloved dog, Daisy Mae.

 

She was preceded in death by her mother, Margaret H. Findlay, who died in 2007, her father, Alexander Findlay, who died in 1986, and her mother-in-law Helen Xanthaky who died in 2007.

 

Services will be private at the convenience of the Xanthaky family. 

 

In lieu of flowers kindly consider donations in her memory to A.O. Fox Hospital, 1 Norton Avenue, Oneonta, NY 13820.

 

The Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown is serving the family. 

 

If you would like to send condolences to the family, send an email to Connell, Dow & Deysenroth. We will forward your comments to the family. If you would like to send flowers in memory of the deceased, contact Mohican Flowers at (607) 547-8822, or A Rose is a Rose at (607) 264-3100.