Athanasia Liakopoulos (nee Sotiropoulou) fell asleep peacefully while surrounded by family on January 31, 2019. She was born January 30, 1931 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, Kiryakos 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.
The family has requested memorial donations be made to the Greek America Foundation’s Project Hope for Greece campaign so that Athanasia’s memory canalize on in the people our campaign will help in her native country.
We thank the donors to the Athanasia Liakopoulos Memorial Fund
** List updated 3/6/19
- Eileen Morrissey $20 (via Facebook)
- Renee Leech $100
- Joanne Liakopoulos $100, $20
- George Sotiropoulos $35
- Kerry Severino $50
- Voula Dikeakos $50
- Robin Wexler $25
- Erasmia Voukelatos $50
- Maria Magalias $50
- Jane Olsen $20
- Spiros Karas $100
- Christina Chandras $200
- Joy Wilke $25
- Mt. Sinai Hospital $240
- Lena Kovoros $100