Elias George Stergiopoulos, 87, of Indianapolis, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. He was born on June 1, 1932 in Perigiali, Greece to the late Giorgios and Angeliki (Bartzis) Stergiopoulos.
Young Elias started out in the farming business in Greece but always had a dream to see the world. He had been all over the world at a young age when he finally visited the United States. He thought America was an amazing place and decided this was where he wanted to stay. He worked his way back to the United States as a Merchant Marine. Upon arriving in New York, he started many small businesses and was a union painter. A mutual friend introduced him to the love of his live, Fofo Sgouris, in 1962. On December 8, 1963, they were married. He then moved his family to Indianapolis and he later started the Greek Islands Restaurant on the Southside of Indianapolis.
He was a very kind and generous man, very good hearted, he didn’t like to see people hungry. “Papa Louie” as he was known, never let anyone go hungry, especially if they were homeless or in need. He lived through the Nazi occupation of his village back in Greece and never forgot where he came from. The highest point of his life was his family and when his granddaughters were born he was ecstatic.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Fofo Stergiopoulos; children, George Stergiopoulos, Angela Stergiopoulos and Penny Stergiopoulos; granddaughters, Fofo Stergiopoulos and Angeliki Stergiopoulos; close nieces and nephews, George S. Stergiopoulos (Despina), Georgia Stergiopoulos (Takis), Apostolis Stergiopoulos, Geroge V. Stergiopoulos, Sotorios S. Stergiopoulos (Matina), Vlasios Stergiopoulos and Kostandinos Stergiopoulos, Kostas Stergiopoulos, Katerina Stergiopoulos (George).
He was preceded in death by brothers, Vlasios, Antonis, Sotirios, Kostas, and Nikos Stergiopoulos; and niece, Angeliki N.Stergiopoulos.
May his memory be eternal.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the Elias and Fofo Stergiopoulos/Greek Islands Restaurant Scholarship for the IUPUI School of Physical Education and Tourism Management.
Services will be private due to the Covid-19 pandemic and a celebration of his life will take place when permitted. A private service will be held in Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Carmel and then he will return to Greece for Burial in Perigiali, Greece.
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