Sophie Savas

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Sophie Gagalis Savas, a/k/a YiaYia, 91, passed away peacefully Thursday Morning August 14, 2014 at the family home. Sophie was born in Manchester N.H. and is the daughter of the late John and Effie Gagalis, sister to the late Cosmos Gagalis, and widow of the late Professor James P. Savas of Framingham State University. She is survived by her three sons and their wives, James & Trudi of Framingham, Peter & Sybil from Marrietta, GA. and Paul & Jennifer from South Burlington, VT. She is loved and cherished by her seven grandchildren, Phillip, Nicholas, Perry, Briana, Taylor, Jack and Phoebe, many nieces and nephews and has adopted the love of so many other children of Framingham that refer to her as, their YiaYia Sophie earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Lowell, and a Masters of Fine Arts from Columbia University. She was a Fullbright Scholar and embarked on a teaching profession that started in Greece as a member of the Pierce College faculty. Her Massachusetts teaching career began at Brookline High School and continued at Framingham South High School. She retired after a 35 year career as a High School English Teacher. Her love of teaching was coupled with a genuine love for her students which resulted in her being fondly remembered by students many years after graduating. She was especially thrilled to teach the children of her former students and share embarrassing stories about their parents. She enjoyed the many colleagues who touched her life during a wonderful career. She enjoyed the Red Sox and traveling domestically and abroad with her family. She loved being a Yia Yia teaching her grandchildren how to read and count. She shared her passion for cooking and could easily have whipped up a meal for 50 people with what was always pre-cooked and in the freezer. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a time of visitation on Monday from 9 | 11:30 AM at the Chapel on the grounds of Edgell Grove Cemetery, 53 Grove St., Framingham. A celebration of her life will precede burial. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Norton Funeral Home, 53 Beech St., (corner of Union Ave.) Framingham. In lieu of flowers, donations will be made to a youth educational scholarship of ones choice or Metrowest Homecare & Hospice, 200 Nickerson Rd., Marlborough, MA 01752. All grammatical errors in this obituary are intentional. For online guestbook please log onto

Published in MetroWest Daily News on Aug. 15, 2014
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