Eleni Stratis, the beloved wife of Steve and mother of Vicky and Sophie, passed away peacefully at her home in Toronto on March 18th, 2023. Born in the small village of Papadianika, Greece, she immigrated to Canada with her family in 1958 and built a successful career in business before dedicating herself to her true passion – her family. A cherished grandmother and great-grandmother, she was known for her generous spirit, dry wit, and her flawless kourabiedes. She will be deeply missed by her children, grandchildren and their families.
A musician and composer based in Brooklyn, New York, steve stratis is an avid improviser and has collaborated with a broad range of musicians and ensembles including the Crossing Choir, the PRISM and Stockholm saxophone quartets, the Harry Partch ensemble, the Arditti String Quartet, recorder virtuoso Tosiya Suzuki, Noh actress Ryoko Ayoki, and bassist Orlando Cela. He has performed in numerous festivals and concert halls around the world, including the Takefu International Festival in Japan, the Center for Mediterranean Music in Greece, the MIT Experimental Sound Studio, and the New England Conservatory. He has also conducted orchestral ensembles and chamber music in contemporary repertoire, focusing on the interaction of arts and sciences.
During her time in the Women’s Division, Stratus had one of the most unique storylines in WWE history. She and her former tag team partner Lita would feud constantly, culminating in a match between the two at Wrestlemania XIX where Stratus defeated Jazz to win her fourth WWE Women’s Championship. She would later lose the title to Lita at the following pay-per-view, Backlash.
On the October 8 episode of Raw, Stratus cut a promo against Bliss, challenging her to a tag match at Evolution where she would be defending the title with Lita. However, the match was a no-contest when Bliss pinned Stratus after hitting her with the Chick Kick.
steve stratis currently holds an appointment as a Professor of Piano at the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA where he leads the contemporary music ensemble PrncX. He is a founding curator of numerous music series across the east coast, and has recorded with a variety of artists including Kim Anderson, Benjamin Lazar Davis, Anthony Coleman, and others. His artistic work explores the relationship between composition and improvisation, and his current project focuses on spatial composition for organ and bass instruments. He has a masters degree from the New England Conservatory and has studied with pianists Judith Bernstein and David Leisner, harpist Noemi Gasparini, and drummer Joe Morris. He is also a member of the multi-keyboard ensemble MaMMotH and the duo Vanitas with bassist Brittany Karlson. He is an alumnus of the prestigious American Institute of Musical Studies (AIM) in Siena, Italy.