Argiroula (nee Georgis) Revezoulis passed away peacefully on November 24th, surrounded by her loving family. She was born April 20th, 1929, daughter of Panagiotis and Sophia (Demopoulos) Georgis in Solaki, Messinia, Greece.
Argie had a very strong and determined personality, boundless energy and was very hardworking- all of which proved to be essential in the many challenges she faced throughout her life. At the age of 9, when her mother became ill, Argie took on the responsibilities that few girls that age could have handled. In addition to caring for her mother, she left school and assumed all the duties of her household, raised her four siblings, and cooked and baked for several workers on her father’s land. All this, at the most difficult time of her life and one of the darkest eras of her homeland- the Nazi occupation (WWII) of Greece and the brutal civil war that followed.
In 1948, Argie emigrated to the United States and on June 19th, 1949, was united in marriage to George Revezoulis at St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in Sheboygan, WI. George and Argie had four children- John, Sophia, Voula and Anastasia. The Greek language was spoken at home, which was filled with warmth and beautiful Greek traditions. The family’s ties with their rich culture was further instilled by their travels to Greece on many occasions.
St. Spyridon Church played a significant role in Argie’s life. She was active in many areas at St. Spyridon including the preparation of prosforon (holy bread) for Sunday liturgy and the baking of countless breads and pastries for church festivals and numerous weddings. She also led the Greek dance group and served as president of the Philoptochos Society for many years. She loved to entertain and Sundays were always special at the Revezoulis home where delicious meals were served for family and often for many friends as well. She was well-known for her hospitality, kindness and generosity to all.
Though life was not always easy for Argie- especially after the untimely death of her husband George, she persevered, never giving up and living her life to the fullest and in the best way possible. She kept her family together- her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, who in her later years, were the joy of her life. She was especially proud that as 3rd generation Greek Americans, they spoke Greek.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband George, infant daughter, brothers Theodoros, Dimitri, and Theodosi, and sister Vassiliki. She is survived by her four children- John Revezoulis, Sophia Parker-DeToro, Voula (Alex) Degenhardt and Anastasia (Matthew) O’Hara. She is further survived by her grandchildren- Zoe (Manos) Kastanias, Aleka (Kiriakos) Kalpakidis, George Degenhardt, Elizabeth Parker, Natalia and Sergey O’Hara and her great-grandchildren- Dimitra-Argyro, Thomas Alexander and Panagiotos Kastanias and Yianni Kalpakidis. She is also survived by her dear brother John (Voula) Georgis, sister Angela Thiakos and many nieces and nephews.
Mom, we can’t begin to tell you what a void has been left in our lives by your passing and how much we will miss you. We are so happy that you are finally reunited with dad. May your memory be eternal.
A visitation will be held at Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home, 1535 S. 12th St., Sheboygan, on Friday December 1st from 4-8pm with a Trisagion service occurring at 7pm. Funeral services will be held at St. Spyridon Church, 1425 S. 10th St., Sheboygan, on Saturday, December 2nd at 12:30pm with a brief visitation from 12-12:30pm, the Reverend Paul Dinkov and other clergy officiating. In lieu of flowers, it was Argie’s fervent request that a memorial donation be made in her memory to St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church.
Dear John, Sophia, Voula, and Anastasia, My sympathy to you and your families. When I think about St. Spyridon Church and growing up in Sheboygan your mom is often included in my thoughts. She was generous in so many ways and such as wonderful friend to my mom. My her memory be eternal.
Dear John, Lisa and family, Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you all. God Bless and keep you!! Ralph and Trudy Marcheske
As I sat on the deck at dusk today watching a stunning sunset over the Southern Alps it was a time of Reflection. To John, Sophia, Voula, and Anastasia my heartfelt condolences for your loss. May your memories be a major source of comfort during this difficult time. As Argie commences her new journey and reunion with George, she will be aware of the love and sacrifices you have all made through some challenging times. Embrace your fondest memories and support each other. I would like to share a story that I had with your mom; it says a lot about who she was. I was a teenager and very anxious about the invite to the Revezoulis household for a traditional Greek Easter meal. Argie recognized my discomfort, and somehow managed the slice of tsoureki where I was the lucky recipient of the hidden coin, and the entire family applauded my success!
Having recently experienced the sorrow of losing my own mom, I share with you the grief you must all be feeling. I leave you with a message passed to me on my mother’s passing; “A mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go” So true….
Dearest Anastasia and family,
I adored Argie, she was a remarkable woman who will be missed by so many who had the pleasure of knowing her. She taught me so much about cooking and baking authentic Greek dishes. I have such fond memories of her digging up dandelions in my yard for salad and teaching me the art of making spanakopita on my dining room table. Argie I loved you and am sad to hear of your passing but rejoice in your eternal rest after such a long, beautiful life.
Dear Sophia and family. My deepest sympathy in the loss of your Mother. Such a beautiful obituary which tells your Mother’s life story. She was one amazing woman, and can be proud of her children and the Greek traditions which she taught you which are carried on in your family. Prayers and hugs for all of you.
Dear Revezoulis family,
Before I even had the opportunity to meet “Argie“, my husband (Louie) told me what a wonderful person she was! He thought the world of her and emphasized how she had raised amazing children!
I know Louie was at heaven’s gate to meet your mom when she arrived….. and they are probably still celebrating!
Blessings to all of you,
To Sophia and siblings,
I will forever remember with fondness your beautiful mother who always showed me kindness and fed me fabulous homemade Greek bread with feta cheese on those memorable Saturdays when we were in junior high and high school.
I pray you and your family will get through this difficult time with the most loving of memories of your Mother.
Dear Revezoulis family, my family and I send our heartfelt sympathy to all of you. I know how much you will miss her for she was always a pillar of strength as a mother. I love you Argie , I admired your kindness, faith, determination, wisdom,the pride in your Greek heritage, the pride you took in the big garden of yours, the love you had for your family and especially the little ones, you beamed when talking about them. You never wanted to miss any event, even as you aged. I would call you the president and my mom the Vice President because you two were the oldest in the church, you both would laugh hardy when I’d refer to you with those titles. You did have adversities in life however through it all God blessed you with years I believe you were an example to what it takes to live a long life, keep active, pray, take interest , engage with others . Rest well now , you have worked very hard and loved as much. I’m sure everyone from St. Spyridon will agree how much of a presence you were in the walls of our church. You will be missed so much by your family and all of us, but I can hear you saying you want us to continue living and carry on with faith and love for one another with all the values you shared with us. You were a very good severant to our Lord. With love, Kim Theodoroff , Vice President Clara and family.
Argiroula emigrated to Sheboygan, one month after my mother .. This experince bonded them forever as part of the beautiful brides from Greece, Argiroula was the last of them to pass to a heavenly trapezi (table), where my mom and all her Sheboygan friends await. Oh, what they said around the trapezi! Their struggles as immigrants, the war they survived, their children, life as they aged and on and on.
Argiroula and family was intertwined with ours. We were even koubari. I will never ever forget her bread and diples, her baking specialties.
My heart is saddened, but at the same time happy that she live a long happy life with friends and family. She is now in the presence of God.
Your mother blessed so many people with her faith and kindness. Praying that you’ll find comfort in your memories of her and in the knowledge that others are missing her, too.”
Anastasia and family,
I am so sorry for loss. Your mom sounds like she was such a remarkable woman. You will be in my prayers.
GREEK AND THE FAMILY. IM SOO SORRY.I LOVED YOURE MOM. SHE WAS LIKE A MOM TO ME IN HIGH SCHOOL.. MY HEART GOES OUT TOO YOU ALL