Louis J. Vlahakis
1932 - 2020
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Louis J. Vlahakis

East Lansing - On Thursday, October 15th, 2020, Louie Vlahakis, loving husband and father, passed away at the age of 88. Louie was born on January 11th, 1932, in Sparta, Greece. He later came to New York with his entire family. After working in the city for several years, his uncle who lived in Lansing, Michigan, asked if he and his brother, John, would come and take over his restaurant due to his failing health.

In year 1962, he met the love of his life, Mary, and they married in 1963. They resided in Lansing, Michigan where they raised two sons, James and Nicholas Vlahakis. He continued his career in the restaurant business, opening the Golden Gate restaurant with his dear friend, John Christofilis. He grew a passion for real estate investment which continued for many years.

He lived a wonderful life with his wife, Mary. They enjoyed entertaining guests at their home in Lansing, as well as their winter home in Florida. They were avid Spartan fans for many years and also enjoyed many performances at the Wharton Center. The two of them also enjoyed traveling here and abroad. Their greatest joy in life was their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

To know him is to love him. He was a man of great faith. He was kind and good-natured. A true gentleman. He'd always greet you with a smile and warm embrace. Nothing was more important to him than his family. Everything he did, he did for them. He will be greatly missed, and a piece of him will live on in the beautiful family he created.

Louie is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Mary Vlahakis, his two sons, James (Susan) Vlahakis and Nicholas (Karen) Vlahakis, his four grandchildren and their spouses, and five great-grandchildren.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be a private funeral service for family members only; however, it can be watched via live stream, at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 17, 2020, at https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCjXIV7rFPxVLir2Vm_c18xg. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.

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Published in Lansing State Journal from Oct. 15 to Oct. 16, 2020.
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October 18, 2020
To my Dear Aunt Mary, Jim, Nick, Sue and Family, We are filled with sadness to hear of the passing our wonderful Uncle Louis. A warm, charming man with a wonderful sense of humor. Just know how much we loved him and share in your grief. We will keep you close at heart while you and your family are being remembered in prayer. Our love is with you always, Pam, Dick & Family in Moline.
Pam Henning
October 17, 2020
It was a privilege and honor to know Louie the short time I did while working for Nick and Jim. His love and legacy lives on in you both and your familes. Much love and prayers to you all during this time.
Caroline Hobbs
October 16, 2020
Dear Aunt Mary, Jim, Nick, Sue, and loving Family of Uncle Louis,
Tony and I send our heartfelt condolences to each of you in the loss of Uncle Louis. We hold many loving and fond memories of our families getting together all through the years. Uncle Louis' warm smile and kind, respectful disposition stand out to me,
and I will keep that memory close. Thinking of you and sending prayers and comfort to you during this difficult time. May his memory be eternal. Love from Iowa, Tony and Barbara, Jim and Stephanie~
Barbara (Avgerinos) Perkins
October 16, 2020
Mary, Laura and I are so sorry for your and your family's loss. We will always remember him as a kind, gentle and welcoming soul. Our thoughts are with you.
George Zulakis and Laura Baird
October 16, 2020
Our deepest sympathies to the family. Louis was a GREAT and WONDERFUL man and will be truly missed. May his memory be eternal!

Peter and Electra Nicolaou
Nicolas and Anna Georgiou
Electra Nicolaou
October 16, 2020
Wonderful friend and travel partner. Louie was gentle, gracious, humble, compassionate, honest, funny, loving and a best friend.
Ron and Dona Rapp
October 15, 2020
Louis and Mary were the best next door neighbors. They treated our family as their own. Louis was a true gentleman and always had a smile on his face. We love the both of them dearly.
Diane Barnes
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