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Angela "Angie" Matthopoulos (nee Douvris) lived for a fight like none other with breast cancer for nearly a decade before passing near her daughter and family in Clearwater, FL, where she relocated in 2020. Born to Anastasios and Anastasia (nee Kanavaros) Douvris in Montreal, Canada, on August 21, 1959, she was the oldest of three children who with her family, would join the diaspora of Greek-Canadians who would head to America to make Chicago home.
In 1969, Angie's parents, like many Greek families, got into the restaurant business that locals would make a home away from home. Their hot dog shop, the former Skokie Noshery in Skokie, IL, still brings smiles to the faces who remember her mom and dad's hangout. There, Angie, along with her siblings, Maria and John, were very much a part of the family's business, never too far from their parents, or each other.
During a brief marriage, Angela had her only daughter, Barbara 'Barbie' Vassiliadis (nee Matthopoulos) in 1979. Thereafter, she devoted her energy and effort to being a single mom. Of her accomplishments, she was proudest of her daughter, and would let everyone know how grateful she was for the successful and compassionate girl she had raised on her own. She also took time to help friends and strangers, alike, always lending a hand, and finding a way in the most impossible of circumstances.
Angela felt blessed knowing she was leaving Barbara with a wonderful man, Barbie's fianc? Mark R. Lippman, and his beautiful daughters, Elizabeth and Madison.
Angela is survived by her beloved siblings who have been with her every step of the way, Maria Douvris and John A. Douvris (Deborah). She is also survived by many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews in the U.S, Canada, and in Greece.
She is preceded in death by her late son-in-law, Anastasios Vassiliadis, as well as her late parents, Anastasios and Anastasia Douvris.
Angela was a 1977 graduate of Niles East High School in Skokie, IL. She attended Roosevelt University in Chicago in Paralegal Studies. On Sunday, July 31st we will meet to celebrate Angela for her wake at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens in Palm Harbor, FL, followed by her funeral at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Tarpon Springs, FL, on Monday, August 1st, at 12:00 pm, burial to follow. A memorial service will be held in Chicago at a later date. Angela will be missed most for her wicked cooking, signature spinach pie, candid humor, and for the many people she has helped along the way. She was like none other. May her memory be eternal.