Chrysanthe Andresos Vergakis, 86, retired from teaching after 25 years’ service

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Chrysanthe Andresos Vergakis, 86, passed away Friday, March 31, 2017, at Sentara Leigh Hospital, and will be laid to rest next to the love of her life, Harry Vergakis.

A native of Norfolk, Va., she was the youngest daughter of the late Anastasios K. Andresos and Olga Doukas Andresos, who came to the USA, from Sparta, Greece. She was also preceded by her sisters and their husbands, Millie (Mrs. Frank Langer), Maria (Mrs. Kenneth Jernigan), Demetra (Mrs. Anthony Protogyrou), Margaret (Mrs. Robert Snowden), Stella (Mrs. Glen Grimm); and and her nephew, William Jernigan. She and her sisters loved each other dearly, and those who knew them will tell you that the sisters always provided each other with their honest opinions.

Chrysanthe was a graduate of Maury High School and Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia. She was an active member of the Greek Orthodox Church for her entire life. For example, she was a member of the choir when she was a young lady, enjoyed being a member of the Hellenic Women’s Club for over 50 years and was a member of the Church’s Golden Years Club in her later years.

Mrs. Vergakis retired from teaching after 25 years of service in Norfolk. She was a member of the National Education Association and began a second career in real estate with her husband.

Chrysanthe is survived by her loving son, Ted Vergakis, and his wife, Teresa ‘Tisa’; two step-grandsons, and their wives and children, Andrew Reeves (Jennifer and baby John), and Jeremy Reeves (Nancy and baby Mylin); four godsons, Robert A. Snowden, George Foussekis, Mark Sheffield and Larry Taylor; and many nieces and nephews. She also had a special place in her heart for her daughter-in-law, Tisa, who took such good care of her during the last three years of her life.

A Trisagion service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 3, at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Bayside Chapel, and the family will remain at the funeral home until 8 p.m. to greet friends. A funeral serice will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 4, at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 7220 Granby St., Norfolk, with the Rev. Father George Bessinas and Father Constantine Rogakos officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hellenic Women’s Club, the Golden Years Club, or the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, all are located at 7220 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23505-4002.

Condolences may be offered to the family at hollomon-brown.com.