February 16, 1908 - February 7, 2013
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Efthimia "Effie" was the beloved wife of the late George N. Choppelas. She was the loving mother of Gene and the late Nicholas Choppelas, and mother-in-law of Jacqueline Cawood Choppelas. Effie was the adoring grandmother of Jeannine, Christopher (Judy) Choppelas and Alison & Jonathan Choppelas. She was also the adoring great grandmother of Justin & Renee Kerson, and Liliana & Sebastian Choppelas. Effie was Godmother to Elena Paras Noble, and aunt to nephews and nieces in the U.S. and Greece.
Effie was born to Constantine and Evdokia Pantazy, of Navplion Greece, in San Francisco at her parent's home on Potrero Hill adjacent to the family business, a barber, grocery, and ice cream shop. She attended Daniel Webster grammar school and graduated from Commerce High School.
Effie worked as a teller at the Bank of Italy (BofA), when she was 18 and clearly remembered the founder, A.P. Giannini. Her father, Constantine, chose George among her many suitors to court his daughter. They were married on January 24, 1932.
A renaissance woman, Effie was athletic, a gifted artist in both watercolors and oils, played piano, and was trilingual (fluent in English, Greek, and Spanish). She was a founding member of the International Hellenic Women's Organization, Daughters of Penelope, a charitable organization with over 10,000 members world-wide for 82 years. She was a real estate agent and broker for Green and Kaufman, and was in the 60+ program to attend classes at SFSU. Effie volunteered for the De Young Museum, Legion of Honor, and at the Children's Hospital gift store up until her 90's. Effie was driving in SF until 98 years old.
Thanks also to caregivers at Golden Sunset Care Home, SF, for their loving care. Family and friends are invited to attend the Trisagion Services on Wednesday, February 13, at 6pm, and Funeral Liturgy on Thursday, February 14, at 10:30am at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 999 Brotherhood Way, San Francisco. Interment will follow at Olivet Memorial Park, 1601 Hillside Blvd., Daly City.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Effie's favorite charity in her name: Daughters of Penelope EOS #1 Scholarship Fund, c/o Marion Parashis, 212 Edgewood Drive, Pacifica, CA 94044.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Feb. 11, 2013