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It is with great sadness, but eternal hope in the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, that we inform you that a Louis (Lou) J. Laros has fallen asleep in the Lord on April 20, 2024. He was 64 years old.  The Hierarchs, clergy, laity, and friends of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago deeply mourn his loss and celebrate his life. 

Lou was a servant of God in every way possible.  He was a loving husband, a dedicated father, a leader of the Church, a consummate professional, and one of the dearest friends a person could know.  He was known for his big heart, generous soul, and magnetic personality. 

A tireless advocate of his faith, Lou served on the Three Hierarchs Greek Orthodox Church Parish Council of Champaign, IL for more than 30 years, most of which as its president.  He was an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, a past member of the Metropolis Council, and a national treasurer of the Greek Orthodox Young Adult League.  He also was a founding member of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) at the University of Illinois, OCF Alumni Association founder and president, and played an essential role in establishing the NIKA House for the OCF.  Indeed, Lou was in a rare category of faith leaders who thought long and hard about how to preserve Orthodox Christianity over generations. 

Lou graduated from the University of Illinois, earning a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration. He had a career in sales and marketing beginning at PepsiCo most recently at the Wilbert Group. 

He is survived by his wife, Antonia (Toni); three children, Maria, Panayiota and Yianni; his mother, Mary; a sister, Kathy (Nicholas) Macris; and a brother, George (Maria) Laros; along with numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and godchildren.

A visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy. Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 26, at Three Hierarchs Greek Orthodox Church. Interment will be at 2 p.m. in Elmwood Cemetery, 2905 Thatcher Ave., River Grove, IL.

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May his memory be eternal.