Afroditi Laggis of Southampton passed away October 7, 2021, at the age of 76 after a two year battle with Pancreas Cancer. Afroditi, affectionately known as “Vivi” by family and friends, was born and raised in the farming village of Rhea in the Peloponnese area of Greece. At 16 she moved with her father to Australia where she worked in a family business before emigrating to the US in 1967. While In the US, she lived in Morristown, New Jersey with family and it is there that she reconnected with her childhood friend and future husband Gus. They married in 1969 and moved to Southampton, where she raised her two daughters and worked tirelessly in the family business, Bridgehampton Candy Kitchen in Bridgehampton.
Afroditi was also a founding member of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons. She was a generous benefactress of the Church where she selflessly donated her time and her cooking skills for fundraisers, the Hamptons Greek Festival, and the Palm Sunday Luncheon. Her Palm Sunday luncheon became a tradition for 30 years within the Church community.
She survived by her husband Gus, her daughters Maria and Jamie, son-in-law Mauricio, and her granddaughters Stella and Ava. A service was held at the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Southampton followed by a burial service at the Southampton Cemetery. Friends wishing to honor Vivi are invited to make a donation in her name to East End Hospice Kanas Center in Westhampton or The Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Southampton.
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