January 9, 1933 – January 31, 2019
Athanasia Liakopoulos (nee Sotiropoulou) fell asleep peacefully while surrounded by family on January 31, 2019. She was born January 1933 in Apiditsa, a village in Arcadia, located in the Peloponnese. She endured much hardship during her lifetime, specifically the economic and health challenges brought upon during World War II and the German Nazi occupation of her village. Her mother, Giannoula, passed away when she was only eight years old. She was one of seven siblings: She is predeceased by Eleni Karapetakos, Christina Panagiotopoulos, Kyriakos Sotiropoulos, and Vasilios Sotiropoulos. She is survived by her sister Gloria Katsos and brother George Sotiropoulos. Athanasia leaves behind a legacy of endurance, positivity, possibility, and love. She is survived by two loving daughters, Joanne Gianna Liakopoulos and Christina Valerie Chandras (nee Liakopoulos), an adoring son in law Yiannis Chandras, and two loving grandchildren, Athanasia and Stratos. She taught and lived the mantra of doing what is necessary, and keeping faith during difficult times. She loved Greek folk dancing and music, and traditional Greek cuisine. She was a homemaker, babysitter, seamstress, and dedicated single mother. Her constant smile will be remembered by those who love her. Visiting will be held on Monday from 7 to 9 PM at the Mack Memorial Home, Secaucus. Services will be held on Tuesday, February 5 at Greek Orthodox Church of the Ascension in Fairview from 10am to 12noon. She will be laid to rest at Fairview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please forward all donations to The Greek America Foundation, Project Hope for Greece. https://greekamericafoundation.org/project-hope-for-greece/
- Visitation Monday, February 4, 2019
- Funeral Liturgy Tuesday, February 5, 2019
- Committal Service Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Joanne Gianna Liakopoulos
February 4, 2019
My mama, my Athanasia- your smile will always stay with me.
I look at your photo and start to think of what you may have to say. The memory of your wise words gives me strength, direction and my needed comfort.You encouraged me to move forward when I thought I could not and was proud and celebrated my achievements.
Your life was not perfect but anything you chose to do in your lifetime you always put me and my sister first and never gave up on us.
I miss you very dearly, my beautiful mama. You’re a brave, strong woman with poise and grace and have taught me the virtue of patience and showed me the value of hard-work. I hope I am making you proud today and I know you are right there, smiling at me from heaven … I’m everything I am because you loved me
February 2, 2019
I have not written anything yet simply because I had some hope that you might come back. I don't remember much from before you began to forget, but it seems that neither do you. One of my earliest memories, however, is visiting the doctor with you in the yellow building behind the Bagel Buffet. You would wait at the bus stop with me in the stroller for my parents to come home from work.
We went for a ride today, and I was reminded of how much you loved the surrounding scenery as we drove by. My favorite memory of you, although we did not necessarily interact with each other, is watching you stare out the car window after we picked you up from St. Michael's one day. I remember the pink ring on your finger, you holding my hand, and the rough touch of the work-induced calluses on your palm. I do not know much about your life before I was born, besides the basics of course, but I am not too sure that would affect how I see you. I am glad I got to spend so much time with you, because you made me who I am. I will always miss your smile that lit up a room in a second, your piercing blue eyes. It's been a long journey, but I'm glad I was able to spend it with you. I will always miss and love you, think of you constantly. Thank you for being such an amazing yiayia who always cared and loved me. I will always miss the livelihood you had, but I believe it can be recreated (not perfectly, of course) if we try hard enough. Mama always says that you were grateful for life and never complained; you set the standard very high for me, and outshined the meaning of Athanasia. You lived a very interesting life, filled with many joys and sorrows. I know I will never be able to live up to the amazing character you had, but I do not think of that as a negative thing because at least I can remember you in an additional way. I still have not fully registered the fact that you have passed away; please give me the strength to get through that moment. I love you more than I can express.
Christina Valerie Chandras
February 1, 2019
My favorite memory is whenever Γιαννα and I would be doing homework at the kitchen table, you would kiss our eyes. You would make every holiday special by changing the curtains, bedspreads, and tablecloths. We were always well dressed and ironed for all holidays together. Your legendary tsoureki was unlike any other, and you baked many as gifts to friends. You taught me that friends are family you choose. You always encouraged me to try my best, reminding me that those succeeding don't have any more than I already do.... effort and character is what counts. You reminded me to love myself and have faith, always. I miss you already.
February 1, 2019
I would sometimes visit Alaris Nursing home with my mother, Christina, to see my grandmother. My favorite memory was when we would play checkers. It would make me so happy, and every time she won, there would be a smile on her face that I could never forget. No matter how hard coping with her loss is, thinking about this has carried me through the journey. Hopefully others will find a memory just as comforting.