Dan Rallis Obituary, Death – After a valiant fight with cancer, Dan Rallis, of State College, Pennsylvania, went away in a quiet manner on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at Juniper Village at Brookline in State College. She had reached the age of 80. On October 8, 1935, Polly Halsnik was born in Clarence, Pennsylvania to her late parents, John Halsnik and Anna (Sveda) Halsnik. After she graduated from Snow Shoe High School in 1954, she relocated to State College, where she lived and worked as a server at the Hotel State College (The Corner Room) for Matty Mateer.
It was during this time that she met her future husband, who was also a waiter. It was at this time that she met the man she would spend the rest of her life with, Christos “Chris” J. Rallis. On July 21, 1956, Polly and Chris were united in marriage at the Dormition of the Mother of God (St. Mary’s) Byzantine Catholic Church in Clarence. Polly and her husband co-managed the Greek restaurant known as “Christies” in State College until its closing in the late 1950s.
During that time, the business was in operation. The passing of Mr. Rallis came before hers in June of 1980. Before starting her own business, PR Associates, she was employed by the well-known State College photographer Bill Coleman. During her time there, she was responsible for the development and design of the predecessor of the Beaver Stadium (Football) Pictorial.
Polly started her long and successful career in property and real estate management for Sidney Friedman, Real Estate Group, in State College during this time. She worked in this profession for a total of 44 years before taking early retirement in 2009. Polly served on the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts’s Charter Board of Directors for many years. She was a member of the Board of Directors for The Palmer Museum of Art, The Nittany Valley Symphony, and Penn State Centre Stage.