Demetra Anastasiou

Demetra Anastasiou

October 8, 1924 August 18, 2019

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Obituary for Demetra A. Anastasiou (Kambelos)

Demetra Anastasiou (October 8, 1924 - August 18, 2019) was born in Mesagro, Yera, Lesvos, Greece to Panayiotes and Lefkothea Kambelos.

She married to Evangelos (Angelo) Anastasiou (who preceded her in passing in 2009) in 1946 (62 years). Their families struggled to survive the death, destruction and starvation of the brutal German occupation during WWII. Their trust in God and their Greek Orthodox faith sustained them and in 1950 Angelo immigrated to the U.S. and was joined in 1954 by Demetra and their daughter Panoraia.

Demetra was a devoted wife, mother and home maker. She was a gifted cook of a variety of Greek foods and was known for her wonderful pastries. She was also a gardener with a green thumb having both vegetable and flower gardens at their home in Maysville, Kentucky.

Demetra and Angelo were sustained by their faith and taught their children by example their devotion to God. They traveled one and a half hours most every Sunday to their beloved Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Cincinnati where they worshipped our Lord and Savior and also enjoyed the fellowship of koumbari and good friends through many decades.

Demetra is survived by her children, Panoraia ‘Perry” (Christos) Katsikas, Maria (Harry) Kokkinakis, Peter (Elena) Anastasiou; and adoring grandchildren, MaryAnna Kokkinakis, Demetra (Demi) Anastasiou, Evangelos (Evan) Anastasiou and Rena Anastasiou. She is also survived by her brother, John (Erato) Kambelos; her nephews, Dr. Peter Kambelos and Stratos (Hope) Kambelos; her grand-nieces, Sophia and Gabrielle Kambelos; and also loving family in Greece and Australia. Demetra loved all of her family with all of her heart. She will be greatly missed. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Maria Flaskis; brother, Nicolaos Kambelos; and niece, Athena Pekris in Greece.

The family will receive visitors at the Nie Family Funeral Home, Liberty Road Chapel; 3767 W. Liberty Rd Ann Arbor, MI, 48103 on Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 5 to 8pm with a Trisagion Service at 7pm.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11am, Friday August 23, 2019 at St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 3109 Scio Church Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Burial to follow at Forest Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations may be made to the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Iconography Fund; 3109 Scio Church Rd, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday August 22, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Nie Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Liberty Road Chapel
    3767 W. Liberty Road
    Ann Arbor, MI
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    Thursday August 22, 2019
    5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Trisagion Service at 7:00 pm
  • Interment

    Friday August 23, 2019 |
    Forest Hill Cemetery
    415 South Observatory
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
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    Friday August 23, 2019
  • Funeral Service

    Friday August 23, 2019 | 11:00am
    St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
    3109 Scio Church Road
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
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    Friday August 23, 2019
    Fr. Nicholaos Kotsis

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Pete and family,
I was sorry to hear of the loss of your mother/grandmother. Mrs. Anastasiou was a great lady and treated all of Pete's friends like her own children as we grew up in Maysville, Ky. She was truly a Saint.
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A beautifully written obituary of a heroic life. God bless the family at this time of sorrow. ZoE se sas! Memory eternal! Love, Olga Kiousis, St. Nicholas Troy, MI
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I will never forget my “ Yaya” , I will never forget her life stories she shared with me , always in my heart 💔 , I will miss her and I was honored to meet a lady like her , condolences to all family ! Sincerely Elena
Comment | Posted at 05:17pm via Condolence

With sympathy, Elena

You are in my thoughts, I will never forget my Yaya , my Demetra ! Condolences to all family!
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With sympathy, Elena purchased the Peaceful White Lilies Basket for the family of Demetra Anastasiou.
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With Sympathy, Anna, Steve, Evyenia & Santo Crapro

Dear Peter, Perry, Maria & family, May the memory of your loving Mother & Yiayia be eternal and may God comfort & bring you peace at this time.
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