Evangelia Vaniotis

Evangelia Vaniotis

Monday, June 14th, 1920 - Friday, May 29th, 2020
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Evangelia “Miss Eva” Vaniotis age 99 of Bridgeport passed away peacefully on Friday, May 29, 2020. Eva was the daughter of the late Vasilios and Georgia Papanicolaou Vaniotis of Vani, Trikala Greece. She was born on June 14, 1920 in Lowell, Mass., the youngest and survivor of 6 siblings. She graduated Lowell High School and Burdett College. Eva’s nieces, nephews, godchildren and their families were an integral part of her life. Also, her Sunday School children who would call her “Miss Eva” were like family to her.

In 1960 she moved from Lowell to Jackson Heights, N.Y. and was employed as an Executive Secretary for several businesses. She was actively involved in St. Demetrios’ Sunday School Program for eight years. Then in 1968, Eva moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut to be closer to her family. She taught Sunday School at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church for 15 years and then became Sunday School Director for the last 25 years. Also, Eva assisted the priest and church community with many administrative functions. Eva retired from Sikorsky Aircraft, as an Administrative Secretary to a Director of the President. After retiring, she took computer courses at Olston Temporary Employment and became proficient with computer applications. She worked for lawyers and had a long-term employment at General Electric. These computer skills were valuable for her volunteer work for Holy Trinity.

The family wishes to thank Carmen Tortora and his staff at the Carolton Hospital for all they did to make life comfortable for our Aunt Eva. Also, Joan Bakes for taking Eva to church and to appointments.

Due to the current situation and social gathering restrictions, the Rite of Burial will be celebrated privately with interment in the Vaniotis family plot in Lowell, MA. at the convenience of the family. The Commerce Hill Funeral Home, 4798 Main St. Bridgeport has been entrusted with the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her honor may be made to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church for improvements to the church’s sound system and handicapped access. For online condolences, memorial tributes and to make a donation visit us at

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Service Details

  • Service

    Thursday, June 4th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Thursday, June 4th, 2020 1:00pm
    Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
    4070 Park Avenue
    Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Fr. Georgios Livaditis
    Deacon Anastasios
  • Interment

    Friday, June 5th, 2020 | 11:30am
    Friday, June 5th, 2020 11:30am
    Edson Westlawn Cemetery
    305 Boston Road
    Lowell, Massachusetts 01852
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Donations are being accepted for: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.


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Posted at 12:51am
We remember the wonderful times we spent with Auntie Eva. She was always the one to dance at the festivities and encourage others to join in. She had a special place in her heart for her nieces and nephews. She traveled with us and put up with car sickness and helped us sneak into the Greek church in Santa Barbara. We were caught but Auntie Eva managed to talk the guard out of arresting all of us. No where else could we find a better practitioner to dispel the Evil Eye. She would say prayers for all in need for good health and to ward off the negative thoughts that may affect others. She will be in our hearts and we thank her for her time with us.
Bill, Nancy, Cassi

Lori Farlekas

Posted at 10:05pm
To Bill and the rest of Miss Eva's family....our deepest condolences..miss eva was such a wonderful person and she will go down in the book of life as a great person..we feel honored that we knew her and had so many wonderful conversations with her during her years at the church. May her memory be eternal and she will be sadly missed. God Bless Her...John & Lori Farlekas

Denise Zucker

Posted at 04:16pm
Bill, Carol, Chris, Mary Jane, Maria & Lia,

We are so sorry about Auntie Eva. We will miss her a lot. I remember when Auntie Eva used to go to Bill & Carol's house. We would be fooling around in the pool. She would catch us and laugh it off. We had so many good memories with Auntie Eva.

Our hearts go out to all of you.
Denise, Perry, Rocky, Rock II, & Sammi

Father Sergei C. Bouteneff

Posted at 12:44pm
As the parish priest of the Saint George Albanian Orthodox Church (now retired), I had many occasions to interact with Eva.
She was always smiling and full of love, especially for the children in the Church School program.
She gave tirelessly of herself to her community, as well as to the sister Orthodox Churches in the greater Bridgeport area.
May her soul rest with the blessed, and her memory be Eternal!
Fr. Sergei Bouteneff

William, Nancy and Cassi Vaniotis

Posted at 05:39pm
With loving memories of "Evangelia Vaniotis",
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