Kaliopy Vavlas Dovellos
February 1,1941 – January 7, 2024 Kaliopy Dovellos, age 82, of Crown Point, IN, fell asleep in the Lord, beside her loved ones, on the early morning hours of Sunday, January 7, 2024. She was preceded in death by her husband Stavros Dovellos, and parents Stefanos and Maria Vavlas.
She is survived by her children: Maria (Andreas) Kourtesis, Tammy (Jim) Soulounias, Peter Dovellos, and Steve Dovellos. Her grandchildren: Irene (Sam) Bairaktaris, Kelly (Tony) Halvatzis. Her great grandchildren: Ari and Andy Bairaktaris, and Sofia Halvatzis. Her brother: Yianni (Olga) Vavlas. Along with many loving cousins, nieces, nephews, and dear friends worldwide.
Kaliopy was born on the island of Kos in 1941, but grew up on the island of Kalymnos, Greece. Kaliopy began her Orthodox Christian journey by having the honor of being baptized in the Jordan River. She then immigrated to Melbourne, Australia where she married her beloved husband Stavro in the year 1956. She also then gave birth to her first 3 children. She then went back to Kalymnos, and soon enough immigrated to Gary, Indiana in the year 1969, where she gave birth to her fourth child. She ended up residing in Winfield, where she spent some of her greatest years raising her children, and enjoyed precious time with her granddaughters.
Kaliopy’s love of cooking had taken her on an entrepreneurial journey in the restaurant industry. She owned and worked in various restaurants throughout the years, which all began in Australia. Once her restaurant years came to an end, she worked alongside many friends at Coil-Tran in Hobart, IN. During her retirement, she was able to enjoy her time back on the island of Kalymnos.
She was a devout Orthodox Christian, and was a member of Saints Constantine and Helen church in Merrillville, IN. She was also a member of the Philoptochos where she loved spending time with friends. Kaliopy had a wonderful sense of humor and loved her family and friends with all her heart. She had an amazing gift of being able to feed peoples’ hearts and souls through her cooking and baking. When she wasn’t cooking, you could find her getting her exercise in at Walmart or Meijer, having lunch at Maxims restaurant, or watching a really good movie on TV. Kaliopy was loved by everyone who knew her, and in return brought joy back to everyone around her. In lieu of flowers monetary donations will be given to a charity on the island of Kalimnos,Greece in her name.