Maria J. Angelos, April 20, 1926 – October 5, 2021, La Porte, IN. fell asleep in the Lord on October 5, 2021.
Maria was born in Doliana, a small village near Tripoli in the Peloponnese area of Greece, to Ioannis and Konstantína Katsianis.
A beloved member of St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church in South Bend, Ind. Maria could be found sitting four rows back at the very end of the pew nearly every Sunday. She was a lifelong member of the Good Samaritans, St. Andrew, and the Dormition Chapel in New Carlisle and volunteered tirelessly for all of them, still baking prosforo and other breads for services.
She worked at American Home Foods for more than 20 years on various production lines.
Maria had many loves. The first being her husband Timothy Angelos, who preceded her in death along with her parents, son-in-law, four sisters and two brothers.
Maria’s strong work ethic lives on with her son John (Sue) Angelos of La Porte and two daughters, Cindy (Dain) Crawford of Granger and Connie (the late Al) Kuzydym of Michigan City and numerous nieces and nephews in Greece.
Maria would often say her family was her million dollars. She took extreme pride in her grandchildren, Kristin (Drew), Andrew (Lindsay), Alexis (Matt), Christopher, Megan (Brian), and Stephanie, who affectionately called her Yiayia. That pride was only surpassed by her great-grandchildren Addison, Kaitlyn, Amelia, William, Ellie, Marina, and Naomi, who called her Yiayia Maria.
Yiayia was warm, caring and found immense joy in watching her grandchildren grow. She always had a word of wisdom to speak. Yiayia will be missed more than can fit on this page.
Yiayia loved hosting her growing family every Christmas, Easter, and any other day we made a random family holiday. She made loukoumathes (Greek donuts) and sweetbreads with coins for New Year and Tsourakia for Easter. Her loaves of bread were her specialty. Her pastries were mouthwatering. She was an excellent cook who always had enough food in her fridge to feed an army.
Maria loved with all her heart. Her laugh and her smile were contagious. She was known as a social butterfly whose phone line often rang busy. Her hands, always strong, stable, and busy, she was an accomplished seamstress who also loved to knit and crochet.
Most importantly, Maria had a deep, unwavering faith. We often said she had a direct pipeline to heaven. She was always thankful for the blessings she received throughout her life. And we are truly blessed to have such a loving, faithful, gracious woman who led by example.
Visitation is Sunday, October 10, from 4–7 PM CST at Haverstock Funeral Home, 602 Maple Avenue LaPorte. The funeral will be at St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church 52445 North Ironwood Rd, South Bend, where there will be a Visitation from 10–11 AM EST, with the funeral service beginning at 11 AM EST. Burial will be at Pine Lake Cemetery in LaPorte. The family kindly requests masks be worn at the visitation and the funeral.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrew Memorial Fund or SAREF c/o St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, 52445 N Ironwood Road, South Bend, Ind 46635.
Online condolences may be made at www.haverstockfuneralhome.com
May her memory be eternal.