July 26, 1930 – April 23, 2019
Athena Taloumis July 26, 1930 – April 23, 2019
West Harwich, MA – Athena Taloumis, 88, of West Harwich, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away peacefully after a long illness on April 23, 2019, at Cape Cod Hospital, with her son, Christopher, by her side. Her steadfast spirit is carried on by her son, daughter in law, 2 grandchildren, and an extended family along with many fine friends.
Athena, also known to everyone as Tina, was born on July 26, 1930 to her Greek immigrant parents, Christos and Theone Collias, in Haverhill, MA. As a young woman, she was told, with proper training, she could have a career as an opera singer, but she took a different and desired path, and married George Taloumis, settling down to raise two sons, Louis and Christopher. Tina owned and operated a shop, Greek Islands in the Carriage House beside her home before retiring.
Known for her old world recipes, Tina was a fabulous cook, whose specialties always sold out at the Greek Festival each year. She was a competitive bridge player, a bit of a card shark, and a good black jack player when she had the opportunity. For many years, she was a soloist and choir member at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Centerville. She was also an active member of the Chatham Chorale, as well as the Mid Cape Chorus, performing in concerts across the Cape in church halls and nursing homes.
Tina was also a member of the Allen Harbor Yacht Club and enjoyed many summer gatherings with her family and friends throughout the Cape Cod summers. A typical Leo, Tina was always beautifully dressed and groomed. She enjoyed travel, humor, a good Manhattan, the occasional lottery ticket, and spoiling her two grandchildren, as well as her two cats, Lovey and Dovey. Tina was an avid lover of music, and her beautiful, soprano singing voice will be missed by all that had the pleasure of hearing her sing.
Tina’s greatest love was her family. Greek Easter was the perfect occasion to bring them all together, to share her Greek traditions, an amazing garlic infused lamb, her famous lemon egg soup, and red Easter eggs. Her coveted recipes are more valuable than gold.
Tina will always be remembered for her positive outlook, her boisterous laugh, and the unlimited love for her family. She was a beautiful person, giving, thoughtful, and strong willed.
Tina will reunite with her late husband George Taloumis, her late son, Louis Taloumis, and her late brother Val Collias. She is survived by a family who will forever miss her: Her son Christopher Taloumis (wife Jill, children Tess and Eli), nephews Christian Collias (children Alison and Nick), Curt Collias (wife Maura, children Ronan and Theoni), Peter Taloumis (wife Patty, daughter Sara), John Taloumis (wife Sandra, children Jamie, Robert, and Jessica), Dr. Louis Taloumis (wife Lori, children James and Michael), and Jason Custodie, nieces Alexandra Collias (children Ava, William, and Kiya), and Susan Naber, along with extended family and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 10:00 am at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 1130 Falmouth Rd., Centerville, MA. Burial will follow at Island Pond Cemetery, 13 Island Pond Rd., Harwich, MA. The family will greet friends and family from 4-7 pm on April 30, 2019 at the Doane Beal & Ames Funeral Home, 260 Route 28, West Harwich, MA.
- Visiting Hours Tuesday, April 30, 2019
- Funeral Service Wednesday, May 1, 2019
- Burial Wednesday, May 1, 2019
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Clo & Martin Smith
April 29, 2019
We have such happy memories after almost 50 years of friendship. Our bridge games will never be the same without Tina. Our sympathies go to Chris and his family. Clo & Martin Smith
April 27, 2019
Harwich is full of moments we shared together. Every time I turn a corner I think I'm reminded of those happy moments going to lunch, Bingo, playing cards, playing with the kitties. And the adventures we shared cruising the Panama Canal, going to our private beach in Aruba, dancing with the fishermen in Nantucket. I'm happy you have a loving welcome committee on the other side and no longer will have to miss Louis, your mom and dad and your brother. Godspeed. I will miss you and remember you always.
April 26, 2019
Thank you for being a wonderful Aunt and Great Aunt. Who could forget the dashing rides to Cape Cod and to Greek School!! We’ll all miss your beautiful voice, fantastic cooking, wonderful hospitality and kind heart. God blessed you with many talents and you used them to the fullest. We’re all better for it.
April 25, 2019
I will miss our long phone conversations, her impromptu visits, her singing, her amazing cooking, her complaints about her hairdresser, her doting on my children (her grandchildren), the love for her son, listening to her history, and countless other things she so vibrantly brought to the table. I love you, Tina and will miss you terribly.
Susan Diamantas Laurin
April 23, 2019
I cannot even begin say how big a part of myself and my family’s life Tina was, she is our family. She is woven into the tapestry of the Cape my whole life. My heart hurts that I won’t see her walking in our house saying “Hi Susie!” with her orzo/feta dish, making her a martini, walking her out to her car later and saying I love you as she left. The Cape will never be the same without her beautiful smile and energy. It gives me peace knowing that she is finally with Louis... 🙏🏼