The two families who had met during wartime remained close.

"We were fortunate to join the small, but extremely loud, Greek Jewish community already in Baltimore with whom we socialized and shared family simchas [celebrations], often gathering to sing nostalgic Greek songs in our backyards, to the utter bewilderment of neighbors," wrote Ms. Glaser.

The family eventually settled in the Millbrook neighborhood of Pikesville, where Mrs. Velelli lived for the past 51 years.

Mrs. Velelli worked as a seamstress in many of Baltimore's men's clothing factories and also for many years for Jos. A. Bank. Her husband, a bookkeeper, died in 1993.

Mrs. Velelli, who never learned to drive and traveled by streetcar and later bus, remained active well into her 90s, living independently and baking baklava, and spinach and cheese pies, her signature dishes, for family and friends.

She had been an active member of Shaarei Tfiloh Congregation.

Kathryn Michalos was awarded Israel's Yad Vashem Medal for Righteous Gentiles, which honors non-Jews who risked their lives saving Jews during the Holocaust, in a ceremony in 1985 at the Krieger Building of the Associated Jewish Charities and Welfare Fund. Mrs. Michalos died in 2005.

Her husband, who later owned the Corinthian Lounge on Windsor Mill Road, died in 1975.

"And we children would grow up understanding that were it not for the Michalos family, we would not be here today," wrote Ms. Glaser.

Services for Mrs. Velelli were Thursday at Sol Levinson & Bros. in Pikesville.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Velelli is survived by a son, Victor Velelli of Slanesville, W.Va.; two other daughters, Josephine Becker of Pikesville and Regina Francis of Miami; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com