Anastasia Panou


Anastasia “Tasoula” Panou March 16, 1940 – September 24, 2023

Services for Mrs. Panou will take place all in one day on Saturday September 30th at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 10301 South Kolmar Avenue Oak Lawn Illinois 60453. Visitation will be from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM. Funeral service will take place immediately following visitation and starting promptly at 11:00 AM. Anastasia will be laid to rest at Bethania Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Saint Nicholas Ladies Philoptochos Society or Lurie Children’s Foundation (Northwestern Hospital) will be appreciated.

For Information please contact Michael Orrico @ 815/260-0668 or

Anastasia K. Panou, also known as Tasoula, passed away peacefully on September 24, 2023, at 83 years old. Beloved wife of George for 53 years. Daughter of the late Panagiotis and Angeliki Kollias. Beloved mother of Valerie Panou-Stroud (Rick) and Peter (Tracy) Panou. Cherished grandmother of Natasha and Alexandra Stroud, George, Adrianna and Anastasia Panou. Sister of the late Kaliope (the late Andreas) Karouzos, Sofia (Dinos) Stamouli and Xrisoula (Demetris) Xloupis. She was born on March 16, 1940, in Kaparelli, Greece, and grew up in the Athens suburb of Moshato. She emigrated to the United States with her husband, George, in 1970 and made her home in Chicago, Ill.

Tasoula’s greatest joy was her family and her faith. She was an active member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Oak Lawn, Ill., and made sure it was the center of her children’s lives and activities while they were growing up.

She loved to serve with the St. Nicholas Ladies Philoptochos Society, cooking and baking for the Greek Festival and other church events. She was known for her delicious pastitsio, and her pastries made their way to family and friends around the country.   

Tasoula loved to read, always asking for the newest book to be sent to her in Greek. She was curious about the world and could speak on any subject.

To those she knew and loved, Tasoula was very straightforward, open and honest about her opinions, often mixing in some humor along with a compliment.

Most of all, she will always be remembered for her pride and love of her family. Her greatest joy was being Yiayia to her five grandchildren whom she adored and helped raise.

She was a constant source of love, wisdom, guidance and unwavering support for friends and family. Strong of spirit, she will continue to live on in the hearts of those who knew her. We will never forget her and pray she continues to rest in eternal peace.

Visitation will be held Saturday, September 30, 2023 at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 10301 Kolmar Avenue, Oak Lawn, IL 60453 from 9:30am-11:00am. Funeral service begins at 11:00. Interment to follow at Bethania Cemetery. All arrangements entrusted to Orrico Kourelis Funeral Services Inc.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Saint Nicholas Ladies Philoptochos Society or Lurie Children’s Foundation (Northwestern Hospital) at will be appreciated.