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Kraeer Funeral Home & Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens

200 West Copans Road, Pompano Beach, FL

OBITUARY

Xenia Neckles Tangalakis

January 31, 1926June 22, 2020

Xenia Neckles TANGALAKIS, born in the Bronx, NY on January 31, 1926, passed away in her home on June 22, 2020. She was predeceased by her husband of 45 years, Charles H. Tangalakis and her four siblings. They lived in NY among a close network of extended family, and moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1971.

In Greek, Xenia means hospitality. It would be hard to find somebody so perfectly suited to her name. She was a woman of unbelievable determination, dignity, and appreciation of life who enjoyed every day with optimism and enthusiasm. She lived life to its fullest, despite physical limitations. She was always there to help others, and never wanted to be a burden to others. She was beloved by all and maintained her independence throughout her life.

Xenia served her church and her community in countless ways. A proud accomplishment was the founding of Loving Stitches, a group of women who meet monthly to knit and crochet blankets for babies being introduced to the church. It was later expanded to making blankets, hats, and walker bags for the elderly and sick at local hospitals.

She was active in St. Demetrios and served on multiple councils and committees. A testament to her church and community involvement was the honor of receiving the Archangel Michael Award from the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta. Other memberships include Papanicolaou Cancer Research, Ladies Philoptochos Society, St. Demetrios Parish Council, Greek Festival, Daughters of Penelope, Agape Club, etc. Her great joy was to greet every parishioner who came to worship. Her beautiful spirit will always guide those she left behind.

She is survived by her three children, Betty Rigberg (Corey), Susan Oliver (Gordon), and Harry Tangalakis, and her grandchildren, Daniel, Stephanie, and Joshua, as well as her dear sister-in-law, Helen Neckles, numerous nieces and nephews, and her loving church family.

Visitation will be held at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 820 NE 14 Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL on Monday, June 29, 2020 at 10:30 a.m., followed by funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Internment at Forest Lawn Cemetery 200 W Copans Road, Pompano Beach, FL.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church.

Due to COVID regulations, masks are required and physical contact is restricted. A celebration of this precious life will be at a later date.

  • FAMILY

  • Charles Tangalakis, Husband (deceased)
  • Betty Rigberg (Corey), Daughter
  • Susan Oliver (Gordon), Daughter
  • Harry Tangalakis, Son
  • Daniel, Stephanie, and Joshua, Grandchildren
  • Helen Neckles, Sister-in-law
  • Xenia also leaves numerous nieces and nephews, and her loving church family to cherish her memory.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, June 29, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, June 29, 2020

  • Burial

    Monday, June 29, 2020

Memories

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Bessie Manos

June 29, 2020

Our deepest condolences to all of her family. May she Rest In Peace and her memory be eternal. Zoe se sas.
Xenia was the first person to welcome us warmly into our church three years ago when we moved to south Florida from the west coast of Florida. She would always save a spot for us during coffee hour at her table to make us feel at home. Our family will always remember her and miss her.๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’’๐Ÿ˜‡

Bobby Rodriguez

June 27, 2020

Since the first day I met Xenia She has had a special place in my heart. At several different events we danced together. In spite of some physical limitations, She was still a good swing dancer.
Sweet, gentle Xenia, save me a dance in that big ball room in the sky.
For now, Rest In Peace.

Iris Reed

June 27, 2020

I have the fondest memories as a kid going to dinners over at Aunt Xenia and Uncle Charlieโ€™s House. There was always tons of great food and swimming with my cousins. Aunt Xenia was always so sweet and loving to me. I will cherish these memories all my life.

MaryAnn Difranco

June 27, 2020

My love and prayers to my cousins. You know your mom was such an inspiration and mentor to all of her younger cousins. She always made me feel so loved. I know she has joined your dad and the rest of the family giving them all our updates. Betty, Susan and Harry we were blessed with your mom. Love you all.

William N Yianilos

June 26, 2020

My DEEPEST Condolences to your family. I've known Xenia all my life & always treated me wonderfully with love & like a true family member. R.I.P. Xenia, LOVE Bill Yianilos

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY