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Vasiliki "Kiki" Spyropoulos

January 21, 1924 October 14, 2018
Vasiliki "Kiki" Spyropoulos
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Obituary for Vasiliki "Kiki" Spyropoulos

Vasiliki Spyropoulos, known to family and friends as “Kiki,” passed away at home, with family by her side, on October 14, 2018, at the age of 94 years.

Kiki was born in Kavala, a small city northeast of Thessaloniki, Greece, in January 1924, the youngest of nine children born to Vasilis and Mary Apostolides. Kiki attended elementary and secondary school in Kavala. She lived in Greece during the tumultuous 1940s, witnessing the Nazi occupation and Greek Civil War, and knitting socks for Greek soldiers. Kiki attended the University of Thessaloniki and graduated with an MD degree in 1954.

After graduating from the University of Thessaloniki, Kiki moved to the United States to attend a postgraduate medical course on Welfare Island (now Roosevelt Island) in New York City. She then worked at Elmhurst General Hospital in Queens, NYC. While in New York City, Kiki met and married Kodros Spyropoulos, a fellow Greek physician who had emigrated from Athens, Greece, in the 1950s. She became a U.S. citizen in 1962.

Kiki practiced medicine in New York City for over 30 years. After working as a clinic physician at Elmhurst General Hospital in Queens, Kiki was the unit director of a substance abuse center in the Bronx, helping heroin abusers overcome their addictions.

After retiring, Kiki returned to Greece. She lived in Palaio Faliro, a suburb of Athens on the shores of the Aegean Sea, where she enjoyed theatre, travel, knitting, cooking, and going out with friends. Kiki began taking art classes, through which she discovered her artistic talent. She worked with colored pencils, producing vibrant sketches and illustrations of people, still-lifes, and landscapes.

Kiki returned to the United States in March 2012 to be closer to her daughter, Mary. She moved to Oak Park, a near-west suburb of Chicago, Illinois, where she settled in to a retirement community. In Oak Park, Kiki continued to knit and draw, contributing blankets to Project Linus and producing beautiful portraits of family, friends, pets, and public figures, including President Barack Obama. In April 2014, Kiki gave a portrait of President Obama to Congressman Danny Davis for delivery to the President as a personal gift from her.

Kiki was a lifelong cat-lover, plant enthusiast, and passionate fan of classical music. She greatly enjoyed visits, calls and letters from her grandchildren, children, nieces and nephews. In retirement Kiki’s interest in medicine never faded; she continued reading medical newsletters and advising family members on healthy living tips throughout her life.

In addition to her daughter Mary (Jeff Stocker), Kiki is survived by her daughter Lillian (Charlie) Vergiris, grandchildren Evelyn, Alexi, and Cody, and Siamese cat, Gigi. Kiki is also survived by an extended family in the United States and Greece.

A Celebration of Life Reception will be held at Brookdale Senior Living on Friday, November 23 1-3pm at Brookdale Oak Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.


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Celebration of Life Reception

Friday

23

Nov

1:00 PM 11/23/2018 1:00:00 PM - 3:00 PM 11/23/2018 3:00:00 PM
Brookdale Oak Park

1111 Ontario Street
Oak Park, IL 60302

Brookdale Oak Park
1111 Ontario Street Oak Park 60302 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

651 W. Washington Blvd., Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60661
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