Saphira Caravousanos

Saphira Caravousanos
28 Dec 1924 - 2013

Saphira, named after her grandmother ‘Zafiro’, was born on 28th Dec 1924, in Carthage Missouri USA. She was the second child of Andrew and Stella (Stamatoula) Khlentzos. She migrated to Lithgow NSW Australia in 1929 and moved to Sydney in 1935. She attended Sydney Girls High School. She was a mathematician and excellent student and was also blessed with a mature soprano singing voice. At the age of 14 she was forced to leave high school and couldn’t pursue her studies further. Saphira married Charles on 14th Feb 1943 at Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Surry Hills.

Saphira was blessed with 2 sons (John and Andrew) and 2 daughters (Tina, Marianne), 7 grandchildren (Charles, Simeon, Angelique, Shani, David, Charles and Michael) and a great grandson (Chase John).

She loved to watch movies, party as well as dine out with family and friends. Latin Quarter, Chequers, The Couchman, La Taverna and Chevron Silver Spade Room were some of their favourite spots. Saphira helped new arrivals from Greece with their job applications, interpreting needs for medical and their naturalization. She joined and visibly supported the organisations such as Lyceum and Young matrons with a purpose and direction. She supported Charlie’s financing to hire Paddington Town Hall to hold dances for Kytherians. She became the first president of Kytherian Brotherhood Ladies Auxiliary. Her generous donation and efforts helped to build St. Michael’s Church in Holterman Street, Crows Nest. Charlie and Saphira had 48 godchildren and gave Christmas gift every year to everyone of them. Her zest for life knew no boundaries. Her delight was to travel with children and grandchildren alike. She celebrated achievements of her grandchildren which brought her great pride and happiness. She was a lady of presence and style who touched the hearts of many, old and young alike.