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Evangeli Kaplanis

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Evangeli Kaplanis, 80, of Fort Wayne, passed away on September 6, 2017. Born on September 8, 1936, in Itea, Greece, and immigrated to Fort Wayne in 1966 with her family, she was a daughter of the late Triandafilos and Flora Panou. She was a homemaker and housewife who loved to cook both Greek and traditional cuisine. She was the mother of three children and nine grandchildren and lived her life to take care of her family. She was happiest when family would gather at her home for holidays and special occasions that would allow her to indulge in making large varieties of food and desserts. She was particularly known for her unique versions of "pita" a traditional Greek pan dish. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Pandelis Kaplanis; children, Kostas (Lorena) Kaplanis, George (Eleni) Kaplanis, and Christina (Sean) Turner; grandchildren, Gregory, Dimitri, Pandelis, Triandaphillos, Evangelia, Agapi, Katerina, Emersen, Ashlyn and Tyler, who all brought great joy to her in later years; and brother, Stephanos (Europia) Panou, and their family who live in Greece. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Venna; and grandson, Dimitri. Funeral service will be 11 am, Tuesday, September 12, at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 110 East Wallen Road, Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior. Fr. Andrew Walsh, officiating. Calling will also be held from 2 to 5 pm and 7 to 9 pm, at D. O. McComb and Sons Funeral Homes, Pine Valley Chapel, 1320 East Dupont Road, Fort Wayne, with Trisagion Prayers at 8pm. Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery, Fort Wayne. Memorial donations may be given to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Fort Wayne.