GLORIA KALLIMANI | APRIL 1, 1922 — MAY 4, 2013

Miller Beach woman's voice could soothe anybody

2013-06-30T00:00:00Z Miller Beach woman's voice could soothe anybodyCHARLES F. HABER Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
June 30, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Perhaps the only thing more beautiful than Gloria Kallimani as a person was the angelic sound of her voice.

"Throughout her life, singing at church was very important to her," said her daughter, Kristine Kallimani, who added her mother had a "lullaby voice" with a perfect pitch.

"Her voice brought comfort to a lot of people" who were ill or troubled.

Gloria Kallimani, 91, of Gary's Miller Beach area and formerly of South Bend, died May 4.

She sang 80 years in the choirs of SS. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Merrillville and St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church in South Bend.

Kathryn Weldy said her mother's gift was prominent whether she was singing or conversing.

"My mom could talk to anybody," Weldy said.

She recalled how a former neighbor came to the visitation and told how Kallimani would visit and keep her company.

She performed in many plays because so many were drawn to her voice, said her son, George Kallimani.

She had a different way of getting her point across as her kids were growing up.

"She could really move with a fly swatter in her hand when she was mad at us," George Kallimani said with a laugh.

She never hit them, but "it got our attention," he said.

"She drove until she was 90 and we buried her with the (car) keys," Kristine Kallimani fondly said.

One of her destinations was Curves in Merrillville, where she worked out into her 80s.

Weldy said her mother got to meet her first great-grandchild and posed in a photo featuring four generations of the family.

Kallimani was married to her late husband, Jimmy, for more 50 years.

"Mom and Dad set an example of what marriage is all about," Weldy said.

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