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George Stavropoulos dies at 91

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George A. Stavropoulos, 91, of Michigan City passed away at his home on Thursday, September 4, 2008 at 7:40 p.m.

He was born April 13, 1917 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin to the late Frances and Christ Stavropoulos.

On February 19, 1938, he married Pearl Ione Blochwitz, who preceded him in death on Aug. 21, 1961.

Surviving from his marriage to Pearl are seven daughters: Meredith (Kent) Gulstrom of Michigan City; Susan (John) Keiser of Chesterton; Judith (Gene) Miller of Plainwell, Mich; Denise (Bill) Barkow of Chesterton; Janice (Todd) Rudnick of Lawrenceburg, Ind; Cynthia “Coda” Alfrey of Cummings, Ga.; and Lisa (Bruce) Krause of Michigan City.

He married Barbara Coslet on October 6, 1962. Surviving is one son: George A. Stavropoulos Jr.; four step-daughters: JoAnn (Phil) Carlson, Sandy Coslet and Barbara Jean Holvert all of Valparaiso; and Carol (Mark) Becker of Texas; one step-son, Michael Coslet of Florida.

He married Ruth Bremer on July 10, 1976 and she is surviving in Michigan City. Also surviving are her three children: Bob (Brenda) Bremer of Michigan City; Pat Duffy of Calif. and John Bremer of Fla.

He also has many grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by one brother, Harry Stavropoulos of Nebraska, and one sister, Sophia Smocke of Pewaukee, Wis.

He was preceded in death by three sons: Christopher Wayne, Carlton George and Gary Stavropoulos; one step-daughter, Judith Luna; grandson Adam Alfrey and one brother, John.

George retired as a John Hancock Insurance Agent after many years of service.

He was very active in the Moose Lodge. He recieved his Fellowship Degree in 1982; was Governor of Moose Lodge #980 1983-1984; and received the highest honor to be bestowed on a Moose member the Pilgrim Degree in May of 1993. He also ran the Super Bowl Party and Kids Christmas Bingo at the Lodge and was voted Moose of the Year and was a very active part of the Ritual Team. He was also a member of the Legion of Moose and 10th District Past President and former Moose of the Year. He served as President of the Indiana Moose Association in 1996- 1997 and was a former Community Service Chairman for the state and currently he was the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee for the state Moose Association. He was a member of the 25 Club and was credited with signing up 230 new members. He was also a Life Time Member of the Moose Family.

George also was a member of the Council of Club where he sat as the State Secretary/Treasurer for many years. He was also an avid bowler and participated in many ABCNational Tournaments.

Funeral services, Rev. John Hall officiating, will be Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, corner of Pine and Seventh St., Michigan City. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery following services.

Viewing will be Tuesday from 3 - 8 p.m. at the Root Funeral Home, 312 E. Seventh St., Michigan City, and on Wednesday from 9 - 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church.

A Moose Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Root Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Mooseheart, Franciscan Community Services Hospice or First United Methodist Church.


Posted 9/8/2008