Vaso Sanichas “Vasiliki” Hepler

Vaso Sanichas “Vasiliki” Hepler

January 12, 1914 - March 31, 2008

Vaso Sanichas “Vasiliki” Hepler

January 12, 1914 - March 31, 2008


Hepler, Vaso Sanichas ‘Vasiliki,’ a long-time resident of Mission Viejo passed away March 31, 2008 of heart failure. She is preceded to heaven by her dear husband, Jesse, ‘Hep’; and her beloved daughter Teresa, as well as her siblings John and Georgia.

Vaso was born in Phoenix, Arizona and was active in the Greek-American community. She was a member of the National Honor Society. Her family moved to Los Angeles in the thirties. Vaso was crowned Miss Helen of Troy, Miss Olympiad and Miss Quartermaster Corps. She traveled the world with her U.S. Air Force pilot husband, a member of the First Air Commandos who was introduced to her by her brother John.

She is remembered for her: love of Christ, devotion to family, delicious cooking, warm hospitality, artistic and musical talents, sense of adventure, eye for beauty, extensive memorization of Bible verses and for never getting a traffic ticket.

She is survived by: her devoted daughters, Tina and Stephanie; her loving grandsons, John and Thomas Colby; her dear sister, Florence Peters and her faithful canine companion Smokey.

The trisagion service will be 4/8/08 at 7 pm at O’Connor Mortuary, Laguna Hills 949 581-4300. The funeral service will be Wednesday, 4/9/08 at 10 am at St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, Irvine.

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9 responses to Vaso Sanichas “Vasiliki” Hepler

  1. Although I didn”°Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã¢”žÂ¢t have the chance to see Vaso outside of church, in the little time I had with her, I grew to know her as a very spiritual, loving and kind woman. I will miss her. May her memory be eternal.

    Love to all of you.

  2. Vaso was such a sweet woman and a pleasure to get to know. I was welcomed as a member of the family and will always treasure those memories. She will be missed greatly and held dear in my heart. My heartfelt sympathy to Tina, Steph, John and Tom. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. Dearest Tina, Stephanie, John & Thomas,
    I am so very sorry for the loss of your precious Mother and Grandmother; this has been an unbelieveable year for your family. I pray that God’s amazing grace will give you peace, comfort and strength. I thought of Vaso as a second Mom and she will be sorely missed leaving a hole in my heart too. She was such a special friend to my mom and we will have many treasured memories of our time together at Hill Air Force Base and also here in So. Cal. I can tell you that only your belief in God and knowing that she is with our Lord and Saviour, as well as Hep and Resa will comfort you. Please know that I am here as your Greek-wannabe sister. Let’s get together after your Easter and share our memories together. Much love, Phyllis Hewitt-Smith

  4. Dear Tina, Stef, John, and Tom,

    May memories of your beautiful, loving, and gracious Mother and Grandmother comfort you and be a blessed, calming reminder that her love will never die and that her spirit is alive and well, dancing in the hearts of all of us who love her. We will cherish our memories of the times we shared with Vaso…stuffing George’s pockets with the candies from Arizona at the Christmas party after he said how good they were…telling Tina at her bridal shower where some lace could be added to certain pieces of lingerie…her bravery when both Hep and Resa were in the hospital at the same time. She was and will remain a wonder! We will miss her, and we are so sorry for your loss. Our prayer is that you will find all that you need in God’s amazing grace and the support of your family and friends to take you through these sad, sad days.

    With much love,
    Sally and George Pauline, too

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