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Popie Papouras

POPIE PAPOURAS, 84, passed away on February 26, 2019. Predeceased by her husband of 51 years, John, her spirit lives on through her loving children, Nitsa Seidman (Joe), Christopher, adored grandson, John Seidman, beloved sister Vasiliki Nolidis (William, deceased),  brother Nikos Samarinis (Zoe), nieces and nephews, Souzi Nolidis, Tammy Nolidis-Mizas (Costa), Xenia Samarini (Evripides Vikopoulis), Paschalis Samarinis, great nieces and nephews, Nikos and Leah Mizas and Andonis and Zoe Vikopoulos, as well as, a large, extended family and many friends. Popie was born in Nestorio, Kastoria, a small village in the Macedonian region of Greece. After graduating from Aristotle University in Thessaloniki with a degree in linguistics, she began teaching in Greece until immigrating to the US in 1960. A very spiritual person, Popie was an active member of Ss. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral and the Greek community. She served in the Church’s Library Group since its inception and was an active member of the Nestorion Ladies Association, Philoptochos Society, and Daughters of Penelope. She taught Greek school for many years, influencing a generation of Greek-American children and later, became a Greek interpreter for the Cleveland Clinic’s International Department. Popie believed in helping others and her generosity included the Orthodox community and numerous charities. Popie had a passion for Greek history and world culture. She loved to travel and socialize with friends. She was also a talented seamstress. She will be remembered for her kind, loving heart and gentle manner that gave her the extraordinary ability to make everyone feel special.  Contributions may be made in memory of Popie to Ss. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 3352 Mayfield Rd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44118.

Relatives and friends are invited to meet for the Funeral Service Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Ss. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 11 AM. Burial following at Knollwood Cemetery. Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Popie at THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF SOUTH EUCLID, 4600 MAYFIELD RD. (just east of Green Rd.) FRIDAY 4-8 PM. Trisagion Service Friday at 7:30 PM.

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