Efthymia X. Capetanos
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Efthymia X. Capetanos
  • March 3, 1933 - July 30, 2017
  • Raleigh, North Carolina

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"Mitsa" fell asleep in the Lord's hands on Sunday, July 30, 2017. This faithful, good-hearted and feisty lady was born on March 3, 1933 in Mousga, Greece. From a very young age, Mitsa loved her Greek Orthodox faith and heritage. While other children were out playing, she would socialize and sit with the elderly in her village and enjoy listening to their life stories. During WWII and the Greek Civil War, her secondary education was completed in Sparta, Greece. While attending school, she organized a secret Sunday School class for her classmates to continue teaching, learning and expressing their Greek Orthodox faith and heritage. Also, while attending school in Sparta, as young as the age of 15, she was chosen several times to lead the March 25th and October 28th parades and recite patriotic poems which were still her passion today. Parishioners at Holy Trinity will always remember that passion, love and heartfelt emotion as she continued the annual reciting of these historic and patriotic Greek poems. In 1959, she married Christ Capetanos and started her married life in Raleigh, NC. Within a few days of arriving as a newlywed, she wasted no time in finding her Church, new family and friends. This led her to also become a faithful and active member of the Ladies Philoptochos Society. Due to her love and compassion of her faith and heritage, she initiated and participated in many charity projects. She was the recipient of the Metropolis of Atlanta's Archangel Michael Award for her faithful services and philanthropy along with many other notable awards, certificates and distinctive recognitions. She worked alongside her beloved husband in their restaurant, The Raleigh Sandwich Shop, from 1965 to 1989. In 2014, she co-starred as one of the three Greek Yiayias in the movie, "Christmas with the Karountzoses". At home, she maintained an "open door" policy. If the front door was open, everyone was welcome for Greek coffee, Greek food and fellowship. She never met a stranger and always found the positive in people. She was loved by All and will be missed by Many.

She is preceded by her beloved husband, Christ. She leaves behind her daughter, Spyridoula (Toula) and her son, Leonidas (Louie) and his wife, Marta; her brother, Dimitrios Xanthakos (Ursula), her sister, Kalliope Maniatakos (Dimitrios) and many nieces and nephew.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church's Kitchen Fund.

The family will receive friends at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Raleigh on Wednesday, August 2 from 6-8 pm with the Trisagion service at 7pm. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 3 at 11am at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox, 5000 Leadmine Rd. Raleigh, NC 27612.

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Mary's St. Raleigh, NC.