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January 12, 2023
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Marianthi Papadopoulos passed away peacefully at her home in Broomall PA on Thursday, January 12, 2023. Marianithi was born May 1, 1934 in Drama, Greece. Her family moved to Thessaloniki when she was six years old. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Stefanos Papadopoulos, her parents Ilias Tzempetonidis and Soultana Karaparidou, her brother Demetri and sister Smaro. Marianthi is survived by her sons Emmanuel (Barbara), Elias (fiancée Leonora), and her grandchildren Stefano, Athanasia, Stefano and Antoni.
Marianthi graduated from a French high school in Thessaloniki and began her career at the Greek phone company OTE in 1954 until 1978. Her job gave her a great sense of accomplishment. In 1963 Marianthi married Stefano and was a devoted wife and mother. In 1986 she came to America with Stefano to support their sons who were studying in college. Marianthi was quick to learn English and she started to read many books in English – the Greek-English dictionary was always close by and she used it constantly to keep enriching her English vocabulary. She instilled in her kids her love of learning, accomplishment and independence. She was proud of sons’ accomplishments and was always happiest spending time with them and her four grandchildren.
Marianthi’s twin sons brought her much joy. With her husband and sons they had many adventures travelling - especially memorable were the many camping trips at Skotina, Greece. With her grandchildren she spend many happy summers in Halkidiki where she gave them all her time and attention and created many wonderful memories. The kids love to talk lovingly about looking for giagia Mary’s shower cap in the deep waters of Mikyverna Beach Halkidiki while she was out for her daily swim. They loved her amazing cooking and her fun spirit.
We will always treasure Marianthi’s determination, friendship, and her love of family, friends, and her home in Greece. She will be sorely missed.
Her funeral Service will be held at St. Demetrio’s Greek Orthodox Church on Thursday, January 19 at 11am. Viewing one hour prior to service in the church. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 229 Powell Ln, Upper Darby, PA 19082.