Sarah (Koula) (Ciriacoula Tsimbithes) Chibis

September 3, 1923 ~ June 29, 2021 (age 97)


Sarah, a life-long resident of Akron, was proud of her city and the talent it produced, like Devo and LeBron. The eldest of six, she helped care for her siblings and grew up working in her father’s Square Deal grocery store alongside her grandfather Elias, whom she so admired. After graduating from South High she became a Rosie the Riveter, building dirigeables at Goodyear Aerospace. Next, she attended beauty school and got her beautician’s license, before marrying in 1946.

A health enthusiast, she exercised daily with Paige Palmer & Jack LaLanne, walked everywhere, got massages, took yoga into her 90’s, and even tried a ballet class. Her home was decorated for every holiday, and she enjoyed collecting Wizard of Oz and Norman Rockwell artwork, and had fun dressing up for Halloween.

She appreciated fine art, music, dance, and theater, and read poetry to her girls at bedtime. She was interested in all people without prejudice, and had a genuine smile for everyone she met, especially children.

Sarah loved to cook and bake, constantly trying out new recipes, as evidenced by her over 100 well worn cookbooks, and always had homemade cookies on hand for guests. So when a friend suggested she start a bakery at the new Quaker Square, the Sweet Greek was born.

Determined to get a college degree, she began attending Akron U in her mid 60’s, and completed a bachelor’s in child development. Above all, Sarah cherished family and her Greek heritage.

Her family is grateful to everyone who kept her in good spirits with cards, phone calls, window visits, and nourishing food; and especially to Argie, Lia, Jo, Venette, and Connie for their unending support.

Sarah is survived by daughters, Rita Kasapis, Paula Kasapis (Jeff Zayda); grandchildren, Sarah and Louis Smith; brother, Nick Chibis (Helen); and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Her gentle spirit will forever be missed.

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