Effie Kapothanasis

January 24, 1928January 4, 2019

WESTBROOK – Mrs. Effie Kapothanasis of Westbrook, passed away peacefully on the morning of January 4, 2019, 5 days after her beloved husband Charlie Kapothanasis. Born as Effie Nicholas in Detroit, Michigan on January 24, 1928, she moved to Portland with her family in 1955.

She met her husband in 1957 at Olympia Restaurant on Congress Street and it was truly love at first sight and they were married a week later. The two were blessed to share a story book life together for 61 years. Their union was so strong it was obvious that they became one in their marriage, the truest example of a loving marriage.

Together they doted on their three sons, Christo, Paul and Tasso. Her sons described her as a mother to many, offering her love and care to relatives and friends. She would open up the doors to their home on Washington Ave., commonly referred to as “Villa Effie” and it would be a sanctuary for all. She will be remembered by her family as a woman who was all heart, very compassionate, loving, selfless, gracious. She was also very internally strong and supportive of her husband in all his business endeavors.

She was a very spiritual women and was forever urging everyone to get to church. She was a member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Portland. When all three sons became altar boys, she would reassure them that “you cannot die as long as you’re in the church”.

Effie is survived by their sons, Christo and his wife, Kim, Paul and his wife, Irene and Tasso and his wife, Valentina; their grandchildren, Christie, Costas, James, Gregory, Alexander, Nicolette, Anastasia and Evangelo; and their great-grandchildren, Ellie and Christo. Also, by her sister, Anna Morrell and her children William, Tommy, Timmy and Madeline. She was predeceased by her husband, Charlie and her brothers Nick, Spero and sister Dixie.

A Funeral Service will be held Saturday, January 5th, at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Portland at 10 a.m. You may offer your condolences or share your memories at


  • William Nicholas, Father
  • Madeline Lena, Mother
  • Constantine Kapothanasis, Husband
  • Christo Kapothanasis, Son
  • Kim Kapothanasis, Daughter-in-law
  • Paul Kapothanasis, Son
  • Irene Kapothanasis, Daughter-in-law
  • Tasso Kapothanasis, Son
  • Valentina Kapothanasis, Daughter-in-law
  • Christie ., Granddaughter
  • Costas ., Grandson
  • James ., Grandson
  • Gregory ., Grandson
  • Alexander ., Grandson
  • Nicolette ., Granddaughter
  • Anastasia ., Granddaughter
  • Evangelo ., Grandson
  • Ellie ., Great Granddaughter
  • Christo ., Great Grandson
  • Anna Morrell, Sister
  • William Morrell, Nephew
  • Tommy Morrell, Nephew
  • Timmy Morrell, Nephew
  • Madeline Morrell, Niece
  • Nick Nicholas, Brother
  • Spero Nicholas, Brother
  • Dixie ., Sister


  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 5, 2019

Effie Kapothanasis

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Paul Kapothanasis

January 11, 2019

Hello Paul

So very sorry to hear about your mom. Your Mom nerver spoke to much on the Sundays I was there but that night I was with Effe we had a good conversation. It was a good night. I am so very glad I spent that time with her. I also enjoyed your father. I liked when we lunch together.
My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
God Bless