Christine Kanel, born September 1923 in Chicago, Illinois to Nicholas and Angeline Theodoropoulos of Doriza, Greece. A life-long west-sider, Christine married James Kanel in 1957. They spent 62 amazing years together shared by their sons Andrew and Nick (Michelle) and grandchildren Tia and Jimmy. Growing up near …read more
Christine Kanel, born September 1923 in Chicago, Illinois to Nicholas and Angeline Theodoropoulos of Doriza, Greece. A life-long west-sider, Christine married James Kanel in 1957. They spent 62 amazing years together shared by their sons Andrew and Nick (Michelle) and grandchildren Tia and Jimmy. Growing up near Halsted Street in the 1920s and 1930s, Christine would spin tales of her time in the original Greektown neighborhood and specifically the LeGrande apartments. Her stories ranged from taking part in activities at Hull House with Jane Addams to tales of depression-era friends who lived in houses made of tin cans. She attended Socrates Elementary School, Skinner School, and McKinley High School where she was named class prophet for her writings in the 1941 McKinley yearbook. During the post-WWII era Christine welcomed the role of unofficial ambassador to dozens of Greek immigrant families whom she introduced to American culture. An impeccable wit and comedic awareness constantly brought laughter to friends and family. Among her favorite jokes was, “People say I can be kind of a pill, but I’ve always wanted to be a pill because when I was a kid I saw a sign that said, Vitamins B-1.” Her ability to make friends and coworkers laugh was a staple during the 1940s and 1950s while working at Spiegel, Sonneborn, and Madigan’s. However, her favorite job was as a lunch lady at Edison Elementary School in Elmhurst, IL. While there Christine helped form the prestigious Edison Lites Social Club whose members have remained close knit while meeting regularly for five decades. Yet, her deepest passion was for the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in the Austin neighborhood. A nearly lifelong Assumption member, Christine served as a Sunday School teacher, festival volunteer, and proudly organized the church’s Philoptochos Society chapter while in her late 70’s. Launching the Philoptochos reinvigorated multiple generations of the Assumption family. Her generosity (usually represented by a pound cake or Greek kouroumbredes cookies) was legendary and represents not only her agape to others but serves as a reminder that every relationship can be cherished when handled with warmth and beauty. Visitation at the Ahlgrim Funeral Home, 567 S. Spring Rd., Elmhurst from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, October 24, 2019. All are asked to meet Friday, October 25, 2019 at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 601 S. Central, Chicago, IL 60644 from 9:00 a.m. until time of Funeral Service 10:30 a.m. Interment Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Restoration Fund: Assumption Greek Orthodox Church. Funeral info 630-834-3515 or www.ahlgrim.com.