Kalliope G. Lefes
October 28, 1929 – October 14, 2020
Kalliope Gerves Lefes of Memphis, TN, formerly of Hermitage, PA, passed away Wednesday, October 14, 2020. She was 90 years old.
Kal was born on October 28, 1929, in Barberton, OH just a few weeks after her parents John and Chrysanthe Gerves immigrated from Greece. Kal was part of the Greatest Generation who grew up during the Great Depression and participated in blackout drills during WW II in fear of the enemy bombing the Rubber Capital of the World, Akron, OH. She went to first grade knowing only the Greek language, later teaching English to her parents and younger brother.
After graduating in 1948 from West High School in Akron, she attended business school then worked as a secretary for the Summit County Sherriff’s office. Kal was an avid sports fan supporting her beloved Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians teams. She also enjoyed league bowling, crossword puzzles, and playing cards with friends and family, especially her grandsons.
Kal moved to Hermitage (Hickory) when she married John S. Lefes on September 27, 1964. Kal and John epitomized the meaning of road trips packing their station wagon with kids, Yiayias, and Papous to visit family and friends in nearby cities and states on Sunday afternoons or merely to enjoy a butter pecan ice cream cone.
As a faithful member of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox churches in Akron, Farrell, PA, and Memphis, Kal was secretary of the Farrell Parish Council for many years. She was a life-long member of the Philoptochos Ladies Society, where she served as President and a member of the Advisory Board. Kal was a member of the Daughters of Penelope in Youngstown, OH, and Memphis. She was a past Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star, Farrell Chapter #156; past Mother Advisor of the International Order for Rainbow Girls, Shenango Valley #29; member of the Order of the Amaranth, Farrell Chapter #120; and a Girl Scout Leader. In 2000 after 25 years, Kal retired from her volunteer position as a library aide in the Hermitage School District’s elementary buildings.
Kal, whose family originated from Smyrna, Asia Minor, was very proud of her Greek heritage. She was a member of the Asia Minor Hellenic American Society (AMHAS) which helps preserve and honor the history of the Greek-American immigrants from Asia Minor.
In 2012, Kal moved to the Memphis area to be closer to her grandsons. She quickly became acclimated to the Mid-South becoming active in the Kirby Pines Senior Community and the Greek Church. Kal, an avid crafter, crocheted blankets for LeBonheur Children’s Hospital.
She is preceded in death by her parents John (1985) and Chrysanthe (2001); her brother James (1970); and her beloved husband John (2001).
She is survived by her daughters Stacie, Cyndi (Greg); her son Stan; grandsons Austin and Jackson; Godchildren John, Denis, Zoe, Ginger, Laurie; as well as Koumbari, in-laws, nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Friends may call between 6-8 PM on Friday, October 16, at Memphis Funeral Home, 5599 Poplar Avenue, where Trisagion Service will be at 6:30 PM. Funeral service for immediate family will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, October 17, at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Memphis. Father Simon Thomas and Father Micah Hershey presiding. Interment will be held on Wednesday, October 21 at 11:00am at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Hermitage, PA.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be sent to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Memphis, TN or to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Philoptochos, Farrell, PA.
- John and Chrysanthe Gerves, Parents (deceased)
- James Gerves, Brother (deceased)
- John S. Lefes, Husband (deceased)
- Stacie, Daughter
- Cyndi (Greg), Daughter
- Stan, Son
- Austin, Grandson
- Jackson, Grandson
- John, Godchild
- Denis, Godchild
- Zoe, Godchild
- Ginger, Godchild
- Laurie, Godchild
- She also leaves Koumbari, in-laws, nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
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Friday, October 16, 2020
Trisagion Service & Daughters of Penelope
Friday, October 16, 2020
Funeral Service (Family Only)
Saturday, October 17, 2020
Kalliope G. Lefes
October 19, 2020
I'm so very sorry for your loss. Your mom was such a help to me when I had no where else to turn. And such a good baker, her baklava is still a fond memory. You're in my heart always, I love you dearly and miss you
October 17, 2020
Cyndi, my deepest sympathy at the loss of your Mom. I have many fond memories of her from Rainbow years and I think my best was we had the party at the hotel after you were elected Grand Worthy Advisor. She was extremely proud and happy and just kept saying "she is going to the Grand Worthy Advisor, over and over, can you believe it." She lived a good long life and I hope you will always keep the memories live in your heart. Hugs to you during this time of acceptance of her passing. God rest her soul and God bless you all!