Kula Sosangelis A Lifetime of Giving
Kula “Betty” Sosangelis (nee Shaiko) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1924, the daughter of the late Lazarus and Litsa Shaiko of Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. She graduated from West Philadelphia High School in 1943. Before marrying in 1949 and starting a family, Kula worked as a milliner at Nan Duskin, later for the Insurance Company of North America, and at Drexel University’s library.
She was a very creative and energetic person who took great pleasure in doing for others. In the early 1970s, she was an active member of the Mayfield Guild of Rosemont College, an organization of mothers of Rosemont students.
Her devotion to the Greek Orthodox community was demonstrated in many ways over a span of more than sixty years. She was a member and president of the local Ladies Philoptochos, and on a national level, she held the title of Second Vice-President. She was Chairperson of the Sisterhood Program for St. Basil Academy. She also spearheaded a major fundraising endeavor for the refurbishment of St. Basil’s dormitories. Archbishop Iakovos awarded Kula the Medal of St. Paul for her tireless efforts.
Kula was the devoted wife of the late Archon Charles Efstratios Sosangelis for fifty-seven years, mother of three children – Ellen Lisa, Sotir Charles, and Denise, and grandmother to Kayla. Kula passed away in January of 2015, several months shy of her ninety-first birthday.