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Sophie Diane Hadjes

May 3, 1921 ~ April 4, 2018 (age 96)

Sophie Diane Hadjes, 96, passed away peacefully on April 4, 2018 surrounded by her loving daughters and granddaughters. She was born in Houston, Texas, in her family home at 411 Dallas Street on  May 3, 1921 to Pete Menutes and Mary Lardas Menutes. She was married to the late Captain Willard James Hadjes, a B-17 pilot, who served in the US Army Air Corps in WWII.  Sophie was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers George and Edward Menutes, and her sister, Beulah Menutes.  A daughter of Greek parents, but a true gracious Southern lady with impeccable manners and gentle ways, Sophie grew up in a wonderful neighborhood of Greek families and friends, graduated from Sam Houston High School, and as a young woman she proudly worked in accounting for Corrigan Jewelers.  She was active in the parish of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, as well as, the Mark Twain and Pershing PTA. Her father was one of the founders of the first Annunciation Parish on Walker Street.  The Menutes family were active members in the early Houston Greek community.  Sophie was a genuine, loving person, the epitome of elegance with a beautiful smile, an amazing personality and a great sense of humor. Her life’s joy was her role as mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  She loved her friends, adored her family and was truly happy being “YiaYia Sophie.” She is one of the fortunate whose legacy will be remembered and embraced by her children and grandchildren forever.  Sophie is survived by her beloved brother and sister-in-law, Jimmy Menutis (Ruth Ann); her sister-in-law, Dorothy Menutes; daughter, Sharon Diane Vroulis, Deborah Funti (Vasili), and Mary Wanita Loupakos (Paul); grandchildren, John Paul Vroulis (Christina), Nicholas Alexander Vroulis (Jiselle), Dimitri George Loupakos (Joanna), Sophia Stephanie Biesanz (James Theodore), and Anastasia Diane Miranda (Antonio), as well as, great-grandchildren Kanella Sophia and Penelope Mary Loupakos and the future James Theodore Biesanz IV, many nieces and nephews and dear friend, Catherine Ortiz, who she loved like a daughter. Honorary pallbearers are George Bournias, Peter Koinis, Chris Pappas, Harris Pappas, and Dr. George Vroulis.  Pallbearers are Jimmy Fikaris, Jeffery Kaler, William Loupakos, Dimitri Menutis, Chad Moss, and Michael Pappas. Friends and relatives are invited to join the family at the visitation which will be held from five until eight o’clock in the evening with a Trisagon Prayer Service at half past six o’clock at Bradshaw Carter Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 10th and at the funeral on Wednesday, April 11th at half past ten o’clock in the morning at Saint Basil the Great Greek Orthodox Church.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her name may be sent to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral Ladies Philopochos Society.  The family invites you to share thoughts, fond memories, and condolences online at



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