Memorial for Mauretta Pappas Kopoulos ’56
Mauretta Kopoulos, née Pappas, passed away Thursday morning (June 28, 2018) of natural causes. She was 84 years old. Born January 5, 1934 and raised in Decatur , IL, she was one of four daughters of Danny (Dionisiou) and Doris (Demetra) Pappas. In Decatur she was an active member of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church and the Greek Orthodox Youth Association, and graduated from Milliken University with a degree in music and vocal studies. She was a loving companion to the late James Kopoulos for over 40 years, and she raised a family with him in Crystal Lake, IL. She taught music and language arts in Crystal Lake elementary schools for nearly 20 years, inspiring countless students with her enthusiasm and passion for literature and the arts. She and Jim moved to the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago in 1988, and dedicated themselves to the renovation and spiritual development of Christ The Savior Orthodox Church. She was also a dedicated volunteer at the Hellenic Museum of Chicago in the early days of its existence. Mauretta was a woman of indomitable spirit, forever young at heart. She possessed a vibrant warmth, a winning wit and sense of humor, a contagious zest for life, remarkable endurance, and an unshakeable faith. Til the last, she found a way to love and laugh in even the most trying circumstances. Devoted mother to Nick (Suzanne) and Dani Kopoulos, adoring grandmother to Raafi, loving sister to Elaine Fotopoulos, Peggy Spiropoulos, and the late Dolly Speropoulos, close cousin, aunt, great aunt, and loyal friend to many, her legacy of strength, humor, compassion, and faith will live on in all who knew her. She exemplified, "To thy own self be true", but never wavered in her loving attention to the needs of others. Visitation will be held Monday July 2, 2018 at Christ The Savior Orhtodox Church 927 N. LaSalle, Chicago at 4:30 PM followed by the Funeral Service that evening. Divine Liturgy will be held at Church Tuesday at 10 AM. Interment to follow at Chapel Hill Gardens West Cemetery, Oakbrook Terrace. In lieu of flowers donations to Christ The Savior Orthodox Church 927 N. LaSalle, Chicago, IL 60610 would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to Chapel Hill Gardens West Funeral Home. Info 630 941-5860 or www.chapelhillgardenswest.com.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on July 1, 2018