Emanuel G. Pappas, who baked spinach pies and pastries for the Greek community, died Friday of a stroke at Johns Hopkins Hospital after a long illness. He was 63.
Services for Mr. Pappas, who lived in the 2300 block of Eastern Ave. near Patterson Park, were being held today at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 520 S. Ponca St.
A native of the island of Rhodes, Greece, he came to the United States as a teen-ager in 1946 as Emanuel Papademetriou. He changed his name to Pappas for business reasons when he became a U.S. citizen in 1951, but his family carried on the Papademetriou name.
In 1948, he married Pauline Pokhias, an American-born woman whose family was from the same village on Rhodes. The marriage was arranged in the traditional Greek style by their families. The couple went on to raise five children.
Mr. Pappas first worked here in the bakery department of the Western Maryland Dairy, and he later was a dry cleaner, a city transit employee and a cab driver, "anything possible to survive and raise five children," said his daughter, Maria Papademetriou.
But it was as a baker of moussaka, baklava and other Greek specialties that Mr. Pappas was best known. He worked as a master chef for various caterers, including Le Fontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie.
In addition to his wife and daughter, he is survived by two sons, James E. Papademetriou of Monkton and George E. Papademetriou of Corpus Christi, Texas; two other daughters, Anastasia Rajewski of Baltimore and Estella Padbury of Sausalito, Calif; two sisters, Bessie Panagiotopoulos of Baltimore, and Paraskevi Athanasopoulos of Seattle; six granddaughters, and many nieces and nephews.