It comes with a heavy heart to announce the passing of Giannoula Anna Kariotis.
Giannoula was born August 1, 1938, in Pyrgos Ilias, Greece, and passed away peacefully July 28, 2022, in Toronto, Ontario.
She is survived by her Daughter Andrea Kariotis (Helen Daughter-in-law), Daughter Maria Kariotis, and Grandson Miguel George Kariotis. Pre-deceased Husband George Kariotis and Son Kosta Constantine Kariotis.
Giannoula arrived in Montreal Canada at the tender age of 18 to pursue a better life for her family in Greece. Upon arrival in Montreal, she took the job of housekeeper.
On New Years Eve 1960, she met who would soon be her husband, the love of her life, who she shared her first ever kiss with and fell madly in love with. She married him 2 years later and lived 36 beautiful years together. Together they had two children born in Montreal, before moving to Toronto to have their last child.
After moving to Toronto, Giannoula was the backbone and staple to her loving sisters Maria Long, Mimika Maritsa, Soutiroula Maritsa, and Zafiria Kouroupaki, giving them the opportunity to follow the Canadian dream to come to Canada. Together with her Husband George they opened their home to her sisters allowing them to pursue a better life for themselves.
With her husband George they owned and operated several incredible and thriving restaurants, being able to provide a wonderful life for their children and extended family.
Giannoula was a remarkable Mother to her 3 children loving each selflessly and always putting them before herself. She was her children’s best friend. Her children never questioned her love for them and the lengths she would go for them. Being gifted with a Grandchild, Giannoula was the most amazing Grandmother and acting second mother to her grandson. Her Grandson was the apple of her eye. She loved him more then any words could describe.
Giannoula was also a strong support to her nieces and nephews, who she loved like her own children, and always tried to be their shoulder to lean on and their confidant.
After losing her Husband, Giannoula became an active member of the Greek Church and Hellenic Home Community. After moving into the Hellenic Seniors Home, Giannoula volunteered her time helping the less fortunate, where she would read to the elderly, help feed them, help with arts and crafts, and even take them to church. Giannoula also fundraised many donations to help build the new Hellenic Home for the Aged. She was very active in the Greek Church community as well. She helped with all the churches high holidays and joined every Sunday Mass and was even part of the Church choir.
Giannoula was always the life of the party, loved to sing and dance at every festivity until she was struck with the horrible disease of Dementia (Alzheimer’s). But even though the disease took over her beautiful mind, she was still always happy, and you could see the love and tenderness behind her eyes.
She loved life and touched so many people, from her family, friends, and people within the Greek Church and the Greek community. Her love for life was infectious and she always made those around her feel that they were the most important person in her presence. Her words of wisdom were always comforting, but her hugs were even more comforting. Her unconditional love was felt by everyone. She will be greatly missed by those who knew her and loved her the most.
After 26 years of being a widow, she now is reunited with her true love and beloved son.
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