Friday, December 12, 2008

Panayota 'Penny' Vuvunas

Panayota “Penny” Vuvunas, age 74, passed away Friday, December 12, 2008, at Washington Manor, Kenosha, WI. Penny was born on November 3, 1934, in Detroit, Michigan, to Reverend John E. and Helen (Nee: Mandropylias) Vuvunas.

Penny’s family relocated to Racine from Milwaukee in September of 1951. Rev. John Vuvunas was the pastor of the Kimissis Theotkou Greek Orthodox Church of which Penny was a member and affiliated with the Ladies Philoptohos Society. Penny graduated from William Horlick High School “Class of 1953.” She was employed for 42 years in the banking industry, starting with First National Bank and Trust Co., which became Bank One at the time of her retirement. She enjoyed her job and the people she served throughout the years. Penny enjoyed listening to beautiful music but her favorite was Italian operas.

Penny had been very active in the Democratic Party and was always interested in keeping up with world politics. She was a collector of Kennedy memorabilia and belonged to the K.P.I.C. (Kennedy Political Items Collectors). She was also a collector of beautiful dolls, angels, and religious artifacts from around the world. Penny was a loving, caring, and very generous lady and always welcomed her family and friends to her home. She was a gracious hostess and will be missed dearly to all who knew her.

Survivors include her sisters, Effie (Adam J.) Dadaou of Northville, Township, MI, Mary C. Jacobs, and brother, Honorable Emmanuel J. (Jan) Vuvunas of Racine; her beloved nieces and nephew, Michael Jacobs (Mary B.), Elena (Nick) Nicholas, Kathy Ann Dadaou, and Peggy Lynn (David) Lyons; great-nephews and nieces, Stephanie and Theodore Jacobs, David, Elena, and Melissa Lyons, Sophia Elena, and Mary Grace Nicholas; Godchild, Suzanne Vargo of Chicago, IL. She is also survived by friends and relatives in Greece, Canada, and California. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother-in-law, Ernest “Ted” Jacobs, and beloved friend, Michael A. Sicilia.

Funeral services will be held at the Kimissis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church, 1335 South Green Bay Road, on Tuesday, December 16, 2008, at 11 a.m. with Rev. John Ketchum officiating. Interment will follow at Caledonia Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Kimissis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church have been suggested.

A very sincere thank you to all Penny’s caregivers throughout the years. She appreciated her wonderful doctor, Dr. Haney Assaad. She was very grateful for the visits and prayers from her priest, Father John Ketchum. A very special thanks to her beloved family and wonderful friends who have been there for Penny throughout the years. A very special thank you to the staff at Washington Manor for their loving and compassionate care.

803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888

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