Sophia Pappas

PAPPAS, Sophia Vagionis, 78, of Wheeling, passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2012.

She was born September 16, 1933 in Ambridge, Pa., the daughter of the late Nicholas Vagionis and Maria Panos Vagionis.

Sophia was a retired bookkeeper from National Equipment Company, a member of Saint John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church and Ladies Philoptochos Society “Areti.” She was also a member of Daughters of Penelope, Semale Chapter and Pan Cretan Association, Venizelos Chapter President.

Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by a brother, Anthony “Tony” Vagionis and his wife, Catherine.

Surviving Sophia is her loving husband, Leo Pappas. They are the parents of two daughters. The family includes Anastasia Brancazio and her husband, Dr. Leo Richard, of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Nicolette Marie Fenimore and her husband, William, of Canonsburg, Pa. They have five grandchildren, Mary Kathryn, Sophia Nicole, Dominic Leo, and Victoria Anne Brancazio, and William Michael Fenimore. Sophia is also survived by two brothers, Dr. George Vagionis and his wife, Betty, of Leechburg, Pa. and Theo Harry Vagionis of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday February 29, 2012 from 6-9 p.m. and Thursday March 1, 2012 from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m., with a Trisagion service at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Kepner Funeral Home, 900 National Road at Bethany Pike, Wheeling, WV (304-232-2732).

Friends will also be received on Friday, March 2, 2012 at St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church, 2215 Chapline Street, Wheeling, WV 26003 from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. with Father George Livanos officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church, 2215 Chapline St, Wheeling, W.Va.

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