Tula Sevasti Ladopoulos (nee: Fourmas) was born December 22, 1927, in Cleveland, Ohio to the late Anastasios Fourmas and Efrosini (nee: Boyaidji).
Beloved wife of almost 68 years of the late William “Bill”. Loving mother of Tom (Colleen), Frances Ann (Marty) Telich, and Paul; Yiayia of, Nichole (Karl), Elizabeth (Joe), Alexander, and Leah; great-grandmother of Claire and cherished sister of the late Anastasius “Ernie” (Rita) Fourmas.
Tula had the dream of attending college majoring in home economics, however given the post war financial hardship, she never got the opportunity and instead was educated through life experiences. Tula worked as a key-punch operator at Standard Oil Company prior to meeting Bill. Once married to Bill she began the vocation she loved and mastered, a dedicated wife and stay-at-home mom.
Tula always found the time to drive her children to music, swimming and ice-skating lessons, Greek school and several other extra-curricular activities. She was truly an integral part of her children’s upbringing and very involved in their education. She would send amazing and frequent care packages to her children attending college, wanting to make sure they had a taste of home and her phenomenal cooking. She always wanted the best for her children, even if it meant making personal sacrifices. She would often express that she treated her children equally, what she did for one, she would do for all. Tula was dedicated to her faith and community. At a young age, she served in the choir of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church where she was a lifelong member. She also served in the Annunciation Philoptochos Society, and Daughters of Penelope, an organization whose mission is to promote Hellenism, education, philanthropy, civic responsibility, family and individual excellence. Tula took this mission to heart by teaching the Sunday school preschool at church, volunteering at Deaconess Hospital, doing laundry and providing meals to those in the hospital or in poor health and never expected credit for her good deeds.
Tula loved children and hoped for “six grandchildren from each of her children”. Neighborhood children would often stop by knowing she would always have cookies available. In her final years, Tula and Bill enjoyed many trips and activities with the Westlake Senior Center, traveling to Amish country, sitting on the patio together watching their flowers and onions grow. Tula and Bill were always excited to celebrate birthdays with cake and ice cream.
After spending almost 68 years of marriage together, Tula followed her beloved husband in death after only 19 days and they are now eternally reunited.
Tula was a woman of faith, love and loyalty. Her pride and joy will live on in her children and grandchildren and will always be in their memories as a guiding spirit.
All funeral services will be held Thursday May 11, 11am at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church 2187 W14th St. (at Fairfield) Cleveland, where the family will receive friends from 10am until time of services. Reverend Father Dean Dimon officiating, Reverend Father Andrew Lentz co-officiating.
Interment Lakewood Park Cemetery.
Donations may be made to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church 2187 West 14th. St Cleveland, OH 44113
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