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Anastasia Cavas

December 25, 1934 September 19, 2020
Anastasia Cavas
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Obituary for Anastasia Cavas

Anastasia Cavas was born on December 25,1934. Family legend has it that she was put in a cradle under the Christmas tree as a present for her sister Helen.

Life presented gifts and challenges for our Ann. She had a strong character and a brilliant mind — this was coupled with limited vision, the onset of epilepsy, and ultimately, total loss of vision as a teenager.

She used her strength of character to achieve academic success: BA from Wayne State University, MA from University of Michigan and acceptance as a Phi Beta Kappa student. She gained many friends along the way.

She married Dan Reibel and together they had two daughters: Beth and Rebecca. Ann raised her children, ran the family household, and was a valuable helpmate in Dan’s work as a museum curator at Old Economy Village in Ambridge, PA. She also taught history during these years at a local community college. After her marriage ended, Ann concluded the upbringing of the girls in Michigan, courageously overcoming many challenges.

Ann was an expert in knitting and crocheting, creating many items for herself, friends and family. She also greatly enjoyed pursuing knowledge of classical and European history, studying the Greek Language, reading in Braille, and traveling with family members.

She is survived and will be missed by her three sisters, Helen (John) Romm, Mary Sullivan and Dena (George) Perakis, daughters Beth (Lisa) Bashert and Rebecca (Bret) Reibel, and by treasured grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She will be remembered by all who knew her as strong, proud, tenacious, and independent and she kept her grace and dignity to the end.

Donations in memory of Anastasia may be sent to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Troy, Michigan.

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