Theodora 'Teddy' Ekonomos

Posted Online: May 04, 2013, 7:48 pm
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Theodora "Teddy" Ekonomos, 88, of Rancho Mirage, Calif., formerly of Rock Island, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, April 26, 2013. The mention of her name brings smiles to everyone who knew "Teddy."
Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7, at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Rock Island. Visitation is 9:30 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the church. Burial is at Memorial Park Cemetery, Rock Island. A luncheon will follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to St. George Greek Orthodox Church. Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island, is assisting the family.
She was born on Nov. 18, 1924, in East Moline, a daughter of Tom J. and Despina Lemonides Pappas. After attending United Township High School, East Moline, she married Peter T. Ekonomos of Rock Island on July 8, 1945, in Moline. He died April 9, 1994.
Teddy spent all of her childhood and most of her adult life in the Quad-Cities. She was a mother, sister, daughter and grandmother. She was an avid golfer and loved to play bridge. She was also an active member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church and the Philoptochos Societies in both Rock Island and Palm Desert, Calif. Only recently did she relocate to California to be closer to her daughters.
She is survived by her daughters, Katherine "Kitty" (Keene) Wolcott, Del Mar, Calif., Paula (Vern) Kozlen, Rancho Mirage, and Vickie (Michael) Griffin, Tucson, Ariz.; granddaughter, Katherine Griffin, Santa Barbara, Calif.; sisters, Pauline Chirekos, Sarasota, Fla., and Martha (John) Stratton, Bettendorf; and her brother, John (Eileen) Pappas, Denver, Colo. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Peter; and brother, Peter Pappas.
Online condolences may be left at wheelanpressly.com.


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