Eugenia Georgandis Gafos, 84, homemaker

March 20, 2003

Eugenia Georgandis Gafos, a homemaker who enjoyed entertaining family and friends, died of heart failure Sunday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Timonium resident was 84.

She was born Eugenia Moundes in Chios, Greece, and educated there. In 1939, she married George Gafos, a steamship captain in the Greek merchant marine during World War II.

"It was an arranged marriage and, just three months after marrying, he left Greece. She did not see him for the next seven years," said her daughter, Anthepy Gafos Nelson of Timonium.

"After being torpedoed by a German U-boat, he entered the U.S. illegally. Eventually, the immigration department caught up to him and when they found out who and what he was, they said they needed him in the merchant marine. So, for the remainder of the war, he did convoy duty across the Atlantic," she said.

Reunited with his family in 1947, the couple left Greece and arrived in New York where Mrs. Gafos, pregnant with the couple's second child, gave birth.

"The immigration department was going to deport them when friends of my father's in the shipping industry appealed to Congress. When they found out about his war record, they passed special legislation that allowed them to stay in the U.S.," Mrs. Nelson said.

The couple moved to Baltimore's Belair-Edison neighborhood, where they settled and raised their family.

Mr. Gafos, who later owned Diamond Shipping Co., died in 1982.

Mrs. Gafos was an avid gardener and bird-watcher, enjoyed preparing Greek dishes for family and friends, and was a member of the Philoptohos Society of the Greek Orthodox Church and the Chios Society.

She was a member of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation at Maryland Avenue and Preston Street, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by a sister, Maro Saliairis of Baltimore; and five grandchildren. Her son, Adam Gafos, died in 1997.

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