November 2, 1919 ~ December 11, 2018
Fotini (Louise) Sotiriou
(November 2, 1919-December 11, 2018)
Fotini (Louise) Sotiriou (nee Vengel) was born November 2, 1919 to Greek immigrant parents from the island of Kefalonia and passed on December 11, 2018 at her home at the age of ninety-nine. Our mother lived her entire life in Manhattan Beach, attending elementary and junior high school in Hermosa Beach and graduating from Redondo Union High School in 1937. She briefly attended Compton College and Los Angeles City College.
Our mother married in 1943 to Elias Sotiriou, an engineer in the Greek merchant marines. Together they were in the flower growing business for their entire married life. Their three children—Anastasia, Peter, and Angelica—were the abiding love of their lives.
Unconditional love for family best describes our mother, for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren as well as for her siblings, nephews, and nieces. She had a unique and profound love and understanding for each of her six grandchildren and was a guiding force in their development as children. She was an honest, hard-working pillar of our family, and never lost her playful sense of humor.
She is predeceased by her husband Elias, parents Dimitrios and Angeliki, her siblings George, Jerry, Martha, Sophia, and Dina and her son-in-law Gregory. She is survived by her sister Amalia, her children Anastasia, Peter (Vasiliki), and Angelica (Philip), grandchildren Fotini (Alex), Elias, Gregory, Eliot (Elyse), Dimitri (Christina), Perrin (Alexandria), and her six great grandchildren (Niko, Leo, Jackie, Caterina, Evvie, and Chloe)
We especially want to thank Mom’s loving caregivers: Nellie, Betty, and Kristine. They kept Mom well and happy and loved her as one of their own.
Trisagion service will be held on Thursday, December 13 at 7 p.m. and the funeral service on Friday, December 14 at 12:30 p.m., both at Saint Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church in Redondo Beach. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church Building Fund.
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