Kalliope Gionis, (nee Psilou), died peacefully on April 6, 2018 in Tarpon Springs, FL, at the age of 83.
Kalliope is survived by her husband, Nickolaos Gionis, her daughter Maria; her nieces Vassiliki, Diane and Ethel; nephews John and Dimitri, as well as many other nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family throughout Greece and the United States.
Kalliope was born on June 11, 1934 in Aigio, Greece. She was the youngest daughter of Dimitrios Psilos and Vassiliki Psilou, (nee Laliotis). Her beloved siblings include the late, Antonis, Andreas, Alexandros, Iphigenia and Diomedes.
After marrying Nickolaos in 1969, the couple settled in Flushing, NY, where their daughter Maria was born. The family moved to Clearwater in 1976, where they ran thriving businesses.
Kalliope will be remembered by her family and all those who knew her as kind, passionate, generous and an engaged woman who loved those around her. None who ever met her will forget her stylish elegance, exquisite taste, classic beauty, welcoming smile, joyous eyes, boundless energy and zest for life. She will also be remembered for her extraordinary hospitality, warm-heartedness and remarkable cooking, as she opened her home to all. She was deeply devoted to her family, especially her daughter Maria who was her pride and joy, and she was a wise and loving influence on her extended family. Kalliope was committed to the Greek community in Clearwater and served as President of the Panahaikos Syllogos for many years.
Viewing is scheduled for Wednesday April 11th, 2018 from 6-8pm at, Curlew Hills Memory Gardens, 1750 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor, FL. The funeral will be held on April 12th, 2018 at 11am, at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 409 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater, FL. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Kalliope’s life.