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Sevasti Economou

Date of Death: July 9, 2012
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Thursday 7/12, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Antonopoulos Funeral Home Inc.
38-08 Ditmars Blvd.
Astoria, NY 11105
(718) 728.8500 | Map
Thursday 7/12, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sevasti passed away on Monday, July 9, 2012. Sevasti was a resident of Astoria, New York.

Stella left a message on July 9, 2017:
Continue to share many fond memories which we cherish dearly with the passing of each year.
Nicole Economou left a message on September 3, 2014:
I thought a lot about what I would wanted to say if I were at Yia-Yia's first year memorial service. I'm not so great with words, but there are just a few things I wanted to share. If you can, would you be able to read this poem and the paragraph below. Thank you kindly. - Nikki LANDSCAPE WITH SNOW The philosopher in front of his wooden shack in the Black Forest was quite cordial and these were the last words he uttered while bidding his tired caller farewell: Don’t leave just yet, let’s keep on talking about Heraclitus and Hölderin all night long, about life and death, about everlasting tears or about the snow and the beauty of the mountains. But don’t ever ask me how they tore out the hair, how they stole rings from the fingers of the dead, or which river they threw their ashes in. Don’t ever ask me why all this took place. What happened, happened. Everything has already been said and not even one more word will I add. --STAMATIS POLENAKIS What I remember so clearly about Yia-Yia in the 24 years I knew her was her compassion, her dedication to family, and her spirit. She imparted much wisdom to me over the years, but one theme that came up time and time again was her love of education and her desire to see Steph and I succeed. Yia-Yia was always curious about what I was learning in school and my plans for the future. She encouraged me to go far and imparted her belief that I could do anything I wanted. When I was younger, I saw her love of teaching come out when she would teach Steph and I to sing songs or read stories in Greek. Now, I know that what she taught me was much deeper - she taught me to have confidence in my abilities and to never stop reaching for the top. I remember telling her that I wanted to be a doctor and she was so proud - just seeing her happy that I wanted to pursue such a difficult field is probably one of the reasons I held onto that dream so strongly. I think of Yia Yia often, especially when I am studying and frustrated. He
Stella Economou left a message on September 22, 2012:
Remembrances of Sevasti Economou July 9, 2012 One of six children, Sevasti was born in 1920 in Symi, one of the 12 Dodecanese islands of Greece, to Diasinou and Nicholas Skopelitis. When she was an infant, her family moved to Piraeus where she grew up before moving to the United States in 1947. As the oldest daughter and a very gifted, talented and creative student, Sevasti was also depended upon to help her mother care and provide for her four brothers and one younger sister: Nikitas, Stavros, Stelios, Demetrios, and Hartomeni. Having been delegated the role of caregiver at an early age, Sevasti had hoped to one day become a teacher. Unfortunately, the devastating economic and political turmoil of the 1930’s Depression followed by the German bombings of Piraeus during WWII made it necessary for Sevasti to discontinue her high school education so as to do volunteer work for the Red Cross, distributing food and supplies, which also helped her family and relatives deal with survival during five horrific years. After WW II, Sevasti felt she was too “old” to go back to high school, but was encouraged by former instructors to take a series of exams which earned her an equivalency high school diploma; a tribute to her intelligence, strong work ethic and the importance she placed on pursuing one’s education. One of Sevasti’s uncles approached her mother in 1945, asking if he could send one of Sevasti’s photos to another hard-working Symian in New York City, which resulted in a two-year mail correspondence and courtship before marrying and leaving Greece in 1947 for the last time. Not knowing a word of English and separated from her parents, siblings and relatives in Greece, Sevasti soon decided to enroll in a neighborhood ESL program, where she mastered enough English in six months to converse with local merchants and neighbors in the South Bronx on basic needs. Life in a new country also brought on additional challenges and misfortunes, including the premature death of her first born, the tragic drowning of her favorite brother, Nikitas, and the untimely death of one of her twin daughters, Irene. And yet, Sevasti’s ability to recover from these tragic events, in addition to caring for her husband John who battled emphysema and Parkinson’s, and her more recent battles with her own ailments, are remarkable testaments to Sevasti’s incredibly resilient and noble spirit. Admired for her ability to embrace and value quality individuals, Sevasti preferred to have few select friends, living by example, and dedicating her life to her faith, Greek Orthodox traditions, and more importantly, to her beloved family, John, Irene, Stella, Nicholas, Angela, Nicole and Stephanie. She lived a long and profoundly rich life, reflected in her own words: There where you see difficulty, you will also encounter the good.
Michael & Nancy Milawski left a message on July 12, 2012:
Our heartfelt condolences on your loss. RIP in God's loving hands.
Carmen & Phil Rosario left a message on July 10, 2012:
To Nick, Angela, Stella, Nicole and Stephanie: Our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your mother and grandmother. May she rest in peace. Love, Aunt Carmen & Uncle Phil
Farenga Funeral Home left a message:
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