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George Theodoron Vanikiotis

September 10, 1929 — January 22, 2024

Salt Lake City

George Theodoron Vanikiotis

“Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice” 

(John 16:22)

 

Our beloved “Theo” George (94), peacefully passed away on January 22, 2024, surrounded by his loving wife and family. Despite his recent medical decline, he was a hero and stayed strong until the end. A devoted Husband, Brother, Pappou, Uncle (Theo), and Godfather, George touched the lives of those around him with his love, strength, and kindness.

 

George Theodoron Vanikiotis was born on September 10, 1929 in Skotini Argolida, Greece, to parents Theodore and Maria (Angelos) Vanikiotis. Growing up in Greece, George and his brothers Nick, Bill, and Pete worked on the family farm. They lived off the land and survived many hardships, including those inflicted by WWII. In the early years of his life, George studied Dendrology, and earned his arboriculture diploma to become an Arborist. As a “tree surgeon” he perfected the science of planting, cultivating, maintaining, and diagnosing trees in the region. 

 

At the age of 21, George enlisted in the Greek army.   He proudly served from July 15, 1950 through October 31, 1953, demonstrating his dedication to his country. In search of better opportunities, he immigrated to the United States, arriving in New York City, on September 2, 1956. George began his American chapter by working at the restaurant of Albert Mitchell, displaying his strong work ethic. His journey eventually led him to the state of Utah. In Salt Lake City he worked for the state doing road work. In 1959, George went on to work at the Kennecott Copper Mine until his retirement in 1985. He later worked at Design Vinyl for several years.

 

In 1962, George met and married the love of his life, Maria Rogaris. Together they spent 61 incredible years creating a lifetime of memories. Their fondest of times were spent with their family celebrating joyous occasions. They also enjoyed traveling the world together to destinations that included the Caribbean, Greece, and Jerusalem. They worked hard to build a life filled with unconditional love and commitment to one another.

 

George was a devout member of the Greek Orthodox Church of Salt Lake City. A rare and kind soul, George exemplified an unwavering dedication to his faith and community which made him a respected member of the congregation. With a quiet demeanor and a big heart, George was always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need.   

 

He actively participated in the Greek Orthodox Church, contributing his time and energy by giving back to the community. He worked tirelessly at the annual Greek Festival for over 30 years. He was cherished by all whose lives he touched during his time of service.

 

George had an immense passion for his Greek heritage. He is fondly remembered preparing the traditional lamb dinner to celebrate Greek Easter. Some of the hobbies he enjoyed were wine making, gardening, tree grafting, bee keeping, and being a handyman. When it came to repairs, George applied his ingenuity with a  "don’t throw it out, figure it out” attitude. He was adventurous beyond the limits of what one might expect of a 94 year old. 

 

Theo George, although we are deeply saddened by your departure we rejoice that you have

returned home. We will forever love and miss you. Until we meet again……

 

George is survived by his wife, Maria (Rogaris) Vanikiotis, brothers Bill Vanikiotis, Pete Vanikiotis (Sophia), numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews.

 

George is preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Maria (Angelos) Vanikiotis, brother Nick Vanikiotis, in-laws, John and Vasiliki Rogaris, numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews.

 

The family extends a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Stavros Drakos, Dr. Roger A. Freedman, and the University of Utah Cardiology / ICU team for all their efforts in caring for George.  Additionally, a special thank you to Frank Barton with Right At Home health care, for coordinating in-home care services.

 

The family deeply appreciates your support during this difficult time and encourage you to share memories of our beloved Theo George on the www.MemorialUtah.com website.

 

 In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral. 

 

 

“I am the truth, the way, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through

Me”

(John 14:6)

 

 

Viewing and Funeral Service

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral

279 S 300 W Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Viewing: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Funeral: 11 a.m.

 

Interment to follow at

Mount Olivet Cemetery

1342 E 500 S Salt Lake City, UT 84102

Saturday, January 27, 2024

 

May His Memory Be Eternal

ΑΙΩΝΙΑ Η ΜΝHΜΗ

 ΚΑΛΟ ΠΑΡΑΔΕΙΣΟ

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Viewing

Saturday, January 27, 2024

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Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral

279 S 300 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

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Funeral Service

Saturday, January 27, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Mountain time)

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral

279 S 300 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

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Interment

Saturday, January 27, 2024

12:00 - 1:00 pm (Mountain time)

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