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Effie Vassiliadis Christ

Effie Vassiliadis Christ was born on September 9, 1924. In 1929, she came to the United States through Ellis Island with her parents who were employed as Greek teachers for American born Greeks. She met her future husband, Christ, who was an older student of her father. She graduated Boston University with an Associates of Arts and Letters degree. During World War II, she corresponded with Christ. When he returned from the war they were married on Veterans Day, November 11, 1945. They were married and together 62 years before he passed. A devoted housewife, ardent supporter of her family, great cook, and compiler of family memorabilia she lived life fully with dedication and humor. She is survived by three children, John, William (Bill), and Marika who amassed three bachelor degrees, two masters, and three doctorates with her encouragement. She has five grandchildren Alexandra, Nicholas, Christopher, Sarah, and Rachel and four greatgrandchildren David, Diana, Max, and Charlotte Berry. She will be greatly missed.

A funeral service for Mrs. Christ will take place on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 10:00 AM inside St. John the Baptist Greek Church: 2418 W. Swann Ave., Tampa, FL 33609; followed by interment at Florida National Cemetery: 6502 SW 102nd Ave., Bushnell, FL 33513 at 1:00 PM.





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  • Marika Thiessen says:

    Mom is in my heart forever. She was my best friend, supporter and confidant. I miss you so much. Always with me.

  • Eva & Frank says:

    Marika & Aaron,

    We were saddened to hear of your mother’s passing. We know how dedicated you were to her. Your love for her was apparent every time you spoke about her. She was a special woman, and she has left a legacy of wonderful people behind. She will forever live in your thoughts and the wonderful memories you continue to make. ❤️

  • Eric & Jan says:

    Aaron & Marika: Very sorry for your loss. Effie was a joyful shining star that will not be forgotten by anyone who knew her well.

  • John E. Christ says:

    Mom was my life. She nurtured me always. With her gone I must continue to live up to her expectations with the love I have for her. Mom, I love you always. I will miss you forever.

  • Kim Johnson says:

    Marika & Aaron,

    Our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your mother. Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.

    Kim & David Johnson

  • Susan and Doug Benton says:


    We are saddened to think of a world without your mother. She was a kind, generous, and sweet woman. I will always cherish the memories of our weekly Bingo nights with Effie. May she Rest In Peace and forever live on in your memories and heart.

    Susan & Doug Benton

  • Christine Ritter says:

    Your mother was well-liked in StrawBerry Ridge and will be so missed. It was my privilege to have known her. Rest in Peace, Effie!

  • Susan Gordon says:


    We’ve already spoken, but I wanted to leave a note for you here. I didn’t know your Mom, but I do know she must have been amazing to earn such devotion as I know you have shown her. Blessings to you as you walk through this difficult time.


  • Ron Beberniss says:

    Effie was my other mother. We will all miss her deeply. Ron

  • Yael Eylat-Tanaka says:

    John, Bill, Marika and Aaron,

    Please know how deeply sorry I am for your loss. I knew and loved Effie; she was my friend and sometimes “mother,” and I will miss her forever. May she rest in peace, and may your hearts be filled with her love.


  • Eleanor Marholin says:

    Effie left this world making it a better place. Marika, Bill, John and their mates were the Love of her life. Effie and I could find Laughter even during difficult times. We cherished the Truth though we lived in a world of lies.

    Effie, I love you. We shall meet again in a place where only love exists. Eleanor Marhollin

  • Joe and Steven says:

    Dear Marika, Aaron, John and Bill,

    It is with heart felt sympathy for the loss of your mother. We will always remember the special dinners at our home and her quick wit remarks. Please know she is at peace, suffering no longer and reunited with your father in eternity. With all our love.

  • Alice Cresswell says:

    Marika, you are in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.