Mary A. Vlahakis

Mary VlahakisOn Tuesday, July 9, 2024, Mary Vlahakis passed away peacefully at the age of 91 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on September 10, 1932 in Des Moines, Iowa. After graduating from North High School, she worked for Travelers Insurance for 12 years as a Stenographer, earning a reputation for her exceptional shorthand skills. In 1962, she met Louis Vlahakis at a wedding in Chicago. They fell in love and were married the following year, in 1963.

Mary was known for her unwavering devotion to her faith and her family, filling her life with love and purpose. Her greatest joy was in being a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and Godmother. An avid sports fan, Mary always cheered for the Spartans, Lions, and Tigers. Together, Mary and Louie shared a love for the performing arts, spending many years attending events at the Wharton Center. She had a flair for fashion and decorating, and enjoyed entertaining friends in both Lansing and Florida.

Guided by her faith, she lived her beliefs every day and treated everyone with the dignity they deserved. As an active member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, she will be dearly missed.

She is survived by her two loving sons, Jim (Sue) Vlahakis and Nick (Karen) Vlahakis, her four grandchildren and their spouses, and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 57 years, Louie.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 13, 2024, at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1701 E. Saginaw Street, Lansing, which will be available during the funeral by livestream.  Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.  Her family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday, July 12, with the Trisagion service at 7:30 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in memory of Mary Vlahakis.

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Diana Economy
July 10, 2024 at 8:33 am

She was a very special lady who had an incredible impact on all around her. She will be missed dearly! May her memory be eternal – sending love to the family.

Derrick and Donna
July 10, 2024 at 9:29 am

My Aunt Mary was the most loving nonjudgmental person I ever met. She saw the good in everyone and would go out of her way to encourage you to be a good person. We will miss her.

Economopoulos Family
July 10, 2024 at 12:58 pm

Thinking of all of you. May Thea Mary’s memory be eternal. A wonderful classy lady who has been an inspiration, a mentor, and pillar of the Lansing community for so many years. She will be missed. Sending our love & prayers to all of you.

Becky and Dan Woodman Sr.
July 10, 2024 at 3:12 pm

What a kind person to say the least. Always a great pleasure to be around. So nice. Very much the example of what a lady should be. She will always be missed. The Bible tells us that for every passing there’s a resurrection, we can all take comfort in that. Condolences to the family ,with Love Becky and Dan Woodman.

The Barnes family
July 10, 2024 at 4:21 pm

Mary was a very special lady to three generations of our family. Loving, generous, gracious and a joy to be with. She will be missed by all of us but we will always remember her warmth and kindness.

Elaine Vlahakis Dines
July 10, 2024 at 6:53 pm

Thea Mary was a very special lady. Her love for her family and friends always first in her life. She taught me many things including fashion and designing. She influenced my life in so many ways. Even though I left Michigan years ago I never forgot her. She will be missed. We were all blessed to have her in our lives. May her memory be eternal.

Connie Dina Liappas
July 10, 2024 at 9:02 pm

Thea Mary was not just a Thea, I always considered her a friend. The conversation was always pleasant, caring and filled with laughter. It was always about us, never wanted to burden us with Theo Louis health issues or her own no matter how much they struggled. Thankful for all the wonderful times and beautiful memories.
We will miss her, may her loving memory live forever.

Doris Kollias
July 11, 2024 at 7:52 am

Dear beloved Vlahakis family,

Our sincerest sympathy for the loss of your beautiful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Mrs. Vlahakis’ beautiful heart will always be remembered by all who knew her. May she rest well in Paradise among the Saints and loved ones who’ve gone before.

With love,

Vicki and Chris Kateyiannis
Jim and Doris (Kateyiannis) Kollias

May her memory be eternal.

Yvonne Evanoff-Joseph
July 11, 2024 at 12:22 pm

My sincere condolences to your family. She was a great lady.
Yvonne Evanoff-Joseph

Heather Regnier
July 12, 2024 at 11:44 am

We are truly sorry for your loss. We never had the honor of meeting her, but Nick is our brother in law and was obviously raised in a fine family. May her love and legacy and treasured memories continue to be shared through her loved ones.
God bless,
Joe and Heather Regnier


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