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George Loupakos, an Oak Lawn resident of 46 years, passed away peacefully on February 10, 2013 with his beloved family by his side. He was born in Amalias- Elias, Greece on October 18, 1924. George was preceded in death by his dear wife Polixeni (Jenny) and his loving daughter Stephanie Loupakos, MD. As a young man, George was a brave and loyal soldier fighting for his country and his beliefs. During World War II, he joined the Greek Resistance and later served in the Greek Army. He assisted Greek Jews who were fleeing from German oppression. He described these acts of heroism without conceit or flamboyance. Deep inside he was a humble man. Of course his greatest pain of all, according to his words, was the loss of his daughter and later his wife. He proved himself strong even then, displaying a mixture of strength and grief like a "soldier of life." His life and his story were shared by many young Greek men who loved their homeland, yet came to America to seek a new life. Proud of his heritage, he made certain that his young children not only learned the language, culture, and religion of his place of birth, but also provided many visits to the home of their father and grandfathers. George Loupakos was a husband, a father, and a grandfather. Most of all he loved his grandchildren and will always be remembered as "our Papou George." Papou was proud of his tomato garden and lovingly cooked and delivered his Greek specialties to the homes of his family. No one will forget his special sense of humor, and as he translated his Greek experience to American life, his unique perspective brought smiles and laughter that will be a treasured memory. He is one of the fortunate whose legacy will be remembered and embraced by his beloved grandchildren forever. He is survived by his children, six grandchildren, brother, many nieces and nephews, and dear friends. The Visitation : will be held on Wednesday February 13, 2013 from 4:00 PM through 9:00 PM at Chapel Hill Garden South Funeral Home 11333 South Central Avenue Oak Lawn, IL with the Trisagion at 7:00 PM. Funeral Service Thursday February 14, 2013 Family and friends will meet at Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church 10301 S. Kolmar Avenue-Oak Lawn, Illinois 60453 for Mass at 10:00 AM Interment: Evergreen Cemetery In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church MAY HIS MEMORY BE ETERNAL! For a complete listing of Georges Family members and to celebrate his life please visit www.chapelhillgardenssouth.com 708-636-1200.
Published in Chicago Tribune on Feb. 12, 2013
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