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Effie Pappas Comninos

March 4, 1927 - September 9, 2017

Obituary


Early Saturday morning, September 9, 2017, Effie Pappas Comninos departed this life to join the rest of her family and her beloved husband George Comninos after 90 years of a full life. Effie was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida where she enjoyed the beach, her family, and the emerging local Greek community. Effie and her beloved sister Mary, affectionately known as "those Pappas girls," were an inseparable team as the lovely hostesses in their father's popular restaurant, The Patio Grill, in downtown West Palm. The Pappas family were dynamic, founding members of...

Early Saturday morning, September 9, 2017, Effie Pappas Comninos departed this life to join the rest of her family and her beloved husband George Comninos after 90 years of a full life. Effie was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida where she enjoyed the beach, her family, and the emerging local Greek community. Effie and her beloved sister Mary, affectionately known as "those Pappas girls," were an inseparable team as the lovely hostesses in their father's popular restaurant, The Patio Grill, in downtown West Palm. The Pappas family were dynamic, founding members of St Catherine's Greek Orthodox Church.


It was at the Patio Grill where Effie met her future husband, George Comninos, who was visiting from Massachusetts. The moment she met him she told her sister Mary, "This is the man I'm going to marry!" And that she did in 1955. Initially, they lived in Lynn, Massachusetts, but would later spend delightful years together in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where George worked as a civil engineer designing an innovative water system for the base. They loved the Guantanamo lifestyle as they golfed, played bridge, and socialized with many families making lifelong friends.George's retirement brought them back to West Palm Beach to join the rest of the Pappas family. A lifelong learner, George returned to school earning his real estate license assisting the many Greeks who relocated here. During that time, they spent many happy hours volunteering at St. Catherine's and helping out at the Royal Greek restaurant.


George predeceased Effie as well as her dear brothers John, Louis, and Socrates. Once her great-nephew and godson, Charlie Caraccio, was born, Effie, sister Mary, and her niece, Dessie Caraccio, cared and raised him. Effie and Charlie adored each other and continued to this day to spend memorable times together. Not only was Effie was Charlie's "Titi," she was loved and appreciated by Charlie's many friends. "She was their Titi, too." In 2015, her dear sister Mary passed away leaving Effie "the last Pappas sibling standing." Effie is survived by her loving niece and godson, Dessie Caraccio and Charlie Caraccio. She was dearly loved and cared for. Effie will be forever missed by her family, as well as by the many friends she touched.

Friends may gather from 6:00pm - 9:00pm on Tuesday, September 19th at Dorsey-E. Earl Smith Funeral Home, 3041 Kirk Road, Lake Worth, FL 33461. A trisagion service will be held at 7:00pm. Funeral services begin at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, September 20th at St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church, 110 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33405. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Catherine's Greek Orthodox Church, Trustbridge Hospice, or the charity of choice.