Leopold's mourns family member

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Leopold's ice cream shop will be closed until 4 p.m. to honor the passing of Kalliope "Pina" Leopold. She was 98.

Leopold was the wife of Basil Leopold, the youngest of the Leopold brothers, who ran the original ice cream shop with his two brothers Peter and George.

Basil Leopold joined the family business in 1925.

"Pina was one of the last living links to Leopold's rich past - a time when the original trolleys traveled our streets and for less than a dollar, you could treat the whole family to tasty memories," according to a Leopold's news release.

Leopold died on Sept. 16 after a brief illness. She was born in Birmingham, Ala., on Oct. 16, 1912, to Zaharie and James Lamis.

She grew up with her family in Macon, Ga. During World War II, she ran her family's dry cleaning business called Century Cleaners. After the war, she met and married Basil L. Leopold and the couple made their home in Savannah.

They opened their own restaurant called Basil Leopold's Restaurant at Medical Arts Shopping Center in 1962, where together they worked for 20 years and continued a tradition that began in 1919 including the famous Tutti-Frutti Ice Cream, according to the news release.

After Basil Leopold's death in 1981, she continued to run the business. Today, her nephew Stratton, the son of, Peter Leopold, has carried on the family tradition with Leopold's Ice Cream Shoppe' on Broughton Street.

The visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Church with Trisagion Services at 7 p.m. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at the St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Church with Father Vasile Mihai, officiating. The burial will take place at the Greenwich Section of Bonaventure Cemetery.

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