Irene Evangelatos Obituary (1925 – 2022) – Charlotte, NC
December 21, 1925 – February 16, 2022
Charlotte, NC – Irene Evangelatos, 96, died Wednesday afternoon, February 16, 2022. She was born December 21, 1925, in Klavsion, Evrytania, Greece, to the late George and Hersanthe Hamberis Kiritsis.
Irene lived in Klavsion with her brother, three sisters, mother and grandmother. Her father worked in America to support the family. During the German occupation of Greece, the village of “Klapsi” was burnt down. Irene’s house was one of the few that survived. The family immediately opened their home to friends and neighbors. Irene, along with other women, was captured by the Greek guerrilla army and forced to serve in their army. Possessed by a strong will, Irene escaped from the guerrillas and returned home to her family.
After the war, Irene and her family moved to Lamia. There she met and married Angelo Evangelatos in 1949. They stayed in Greece until 1955 when they came to America in search of a better life. The couple lived in Hendersonville, North Carolina, and operated the 5 Points restaurant with their family. In 1965, Irene and her family moved to Asheville, North Carolina, where they owned several restaurants. The last one they owned before retiring was “Dennis’ Deli” on Merriman Avenue, which was a popular local restaurant.
Irene was an active member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Asheville. She was proud to do the Prosforo on Sunday for the Divine Liturgy. Her happiest moments came from volunteering to serve her church in whatever functions needed. Irene was a 60 year member of the Ladies Philoptochos Society and served on their board for many years. She was an active member of the Daughters of Penelope and the Daughters of Evrytania. In 2013, Irene moved to Charlotte to live with her daughter and son-in-law.
Irene is survived by her daughter, Georgia Andrews and her husband, George of Charlotte; granddaughters, Renee Tsefrikas and her husband, John of Waxhaw and Julie Andrews of Charlotte; great-grandchildren, Leah Tsefrikas, Lexie Tsefrikas Drew Tsefrikas all of Waxhaw. Also survived are her sisters, Bessie Nickolopoulos of Hendersonville, NC and Helen Poulos of Florence, SC; cousin, Nicky Bakis of Charlotte; sister-in-law, Stella Kiritsis of Holiday, FL, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Irene was predeceased by her husband, Angelo; sister, Dena Zogzas and brother, Dennis Kiritsis.
The family would like to thank Candice White and Takoya Watkins for their loving care of Irene. They are both angels.
Irene’s funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral with Fr. Johnathan Resmini officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour before the church service. The service will be streamed live at https://vimeo.com/event/165729/457c79a80e for those unable to attend in person.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be offered in memory of Irene to Agia Elpis Philoptochos Society or Panagia Prousiotissa – Elatos Park, care of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 600 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203.
May his memory be eternal.
Arrangements are in the custody of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC; 28204 (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.
Published by Charlotte Observer on February 20, 2022.