Evelpis (Kazazi) Paraskis

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Evelpis Paraskis, 97, of Kenhorst, Pa., passed away peacefully in her sleep on

Friday, July 6th, at Reading Hospital and Medical Center, West Reading.

Evelpis was born in Filia, Mytilini, Lesvos, Greece, on January 16, 1921, a

daughter of the late Ariadne (Krideras) and Antonios Kazazi. She was the widow of Therapon Paraskis, who she married in 1947, and emigrated from Greece, residing briefly in Brockton, Massachusetts, prior to settling in Reading, Pa.

Evelpis began working for Sieber's Kiddi Shop in the early 1950s until 1964, designing children's dresses. She then worked as a seamstress for Bloom's Bridal Shop and later worked at Bruno Furs Reading, Pa., for over 40 years.

Evelpis is survived by a daughter, Constantina (Paraskis) Marmarou, widow of the late Michael Marmarou,

Kenhorst; and 3 sisters: Evangelia Tsirakis, of Mytilini, Greece, Georgia Kefalas, and Maria Marmarou, of Reading.

She is also survived by 2 granddaughters, Evelpis Marmarou-Spohn, wife of Robert, of Wyomissing, Pa., and Rallia Marmarou, of Kenhorst; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a brother, Dimitrios Kazazi, who passed away in 1996; and a sister, Marianthi Kakalelis, who passed away in 1994.

Evelpis was the matriarch of her family and was a

devoted mother and grandmother. She had been loved and respected by everyone whose life she touched. She had been the first of her family members to emigrate from Greece and was very instrumental in facilitating

immigration of many family members and helping them find employment and housing.

In addition to working, Evelpis enjoyed sewing, cooking, baking and spending time with her granddaughters and family. She had a heart of gold and will be missed by all who knew her. May her memory be Eternal.

Evelpis had been an active member of Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church where a viewing will be held from 10:30 a.m.-12 noon on Friday, July 13th, at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Reading, Pa.

A Religious Service will follow at 12 noon. Graveside Services will follow at Charles Evans Cemetery, Reading, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek

Orthodox Church, 1001 E. Wyomissing Blvd., West Reading, PA 19611.

Arrangements entrusted to John P. Feeney Funeral Home Inc., 625 N. 4th Street at Centre Ave., Reading, PA 19601, 610-372-4160. Obituary and condolences at


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Published in Reading Eagle from July 8 to July 10, 2018