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In loving memory of Vassiliki Karamitsanis, who peacefully passed away on February 5, 2024, at the age of 88. Vassiliki was born on October 5, 1935, in Melanthio, Kastoria, Greece, as the fifth of eight children to Ioannis and Ourania Tokatlidis.
In pursuit of a new beginning, she immigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1965. Fate introduced her to her beloved husband, Vlasi in 1967. Vlasi brought Vassiliki to Calgary, Alberta, where Vlasi lived with his two young daughters, Stavroula and Aphrodite, aged 8 and 6 at the time. Embracing her new family wholeheartedly, Vassiliki took on the role of stepmother with unwavering devotion. In 1968, their daughter, Ourania, was born, followed by the arrival of Konstandina five years later.
Vlasi and Vassiliki effectively managed a business together while raising their four daughters. Following his passing in 1985, Vassiliki courageously carried forward his cherished legacy, Vlasi’s Pizza Corporation, while also nurturing her family with steadfast dedication, unconditional love, and perseverance.
With heavy hearts, we bid farewell to a truly remarkable woman, Vassiliki, whose presence illuminated the lives of all fortunate enough to know her. Her laughter was infectious, her humour uplifting, her wit incomparable, and her spirit indomitable. Vassiliki found joy in life’s simple pleasures, from tending to her plants with a green thumb to sharing heartfelt meals with loved ones in her cozy, immaculate home. She cherished moments spent outdoors, walking amidst nature’s beauty, or delighting in the activity of Aquacise. Her faith in God brought her happiness and contentment, as did connecting with her beloved friends and family at the Hellenic Orthodox Community. A true connoisseur of Greek music, her passion for its melodies was boundless.
Vassiliki exemplified strength and resilience, facing life’s challenges with both grit and grace. Her legacy of laughter, fortitude, and endless love will live on through her daughters, whom she cherished with a love that transcended all bounds, evident in the unbreakable bond they shared until her final moments. Equally, her daughter’s profound love and devotion for her remained anchored, creating a circle of cherished affection that defines their relationship.
Vassiliki is lovingly remembered by her cherished sister Litsa (Tom), sisters-in-law, sons-in-law Arsenio, Jack, and Shadi, adored goddaughter Matina (George) and many nieces and nephews across Canada, the US, Australia, and Greece.
Her enduring courage, infinite love, and devotion will forever resonate through the lives of her cherished grandchildren, Chrissy, Sarah, Ellenie, Valycia, Alexandros, Athena, and Aliya, who were the very essence of her joy and deepest affection. May her radiant spirit illuminate the path for all who were touched by her presence, filling their hearts with love and inspiration as they navigate life’s journey. Let Vassiliki be eternally cherished as a symbol of joy, love, laughter, and unwavering resilience.
We love you always and forever Vassiliki.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers at Evan J. Strong Funeral Services North (3625 12 St NE) on Sunday, Febraury 11, 2024 at 6:00 pm. Funeral Service will be celebrated at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church (1 Tamarac Crescent SW) on Monday, February 12, 2024 at 11:00 am with a recording available below for those who were unable to attend in person. A Reception will follow the Graveside Service at the Hellenic Community Hall.
Flowers can be purchased through Flower Chix. For those who don’t wish to purchase flowers are invited to donate to the Dulcina Hospice in Calgary, Alberta.
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