Despina Peggy Hadjian
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age 83 of Canton passed away peacefully March 9, 2012, with God by her side. Despina was born Nov. 13, 1928, to Constantinos and Magela (Kamberides) Hadjian. She was preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-law, Ted (Helen) Hadjian and brother-in-law, Byron Gregory. A 1946 graduate of McKinley High School, Peggy worked at Canton Barrel and Bag and also at The Ohio Power Company, retiring in 1991. She was a member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Koraes Ladies Society, Holy Trinity Seniors, and the Pontian Society.
Survived by her sister, Sophie Gregory of Sarasota, Fla.; nephews, Byron Gregory of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, and Greg Gregory of Sarasota, Fla.; nephews, Ted Hadjian (Brenda) of Sarasota, Fla., Andy Hadjian (Judy) of Loudon, Tenn.; godson, Dean Hadjian (Beth) of Chicago, Ill.; and niece, Dorothy Tuttle (Bill) of Atlanta, Ga.; great-nieces, Diane (Chris) Woods and Barbara (Mitch) Robil; and great-nephew, Bill (Audrey) Vanatt; cousins, John Hadjian (Mary), Anna Hadjian Economos, Thomas Hadjian, Mary H. Anastas (goddaughter), and Sophia Hadjian of Canton; as well as great-great-nieces and nephews, and cousins in and out-of-state. Despina truly LOVED life and really enjoyed her family and friends. She loved to travel, loved music, and loved her Greek Orthodox faith and her church. Her favorite lunch stop was Joe Pileggi's on West Tuscarawas where she taught Joe and his staff to speak Greek. A special thank you to Joe, Lucia, Sophia, Andrew, Frances, and staff, she truly loved you. Peggy and her 'lady friends' really enjoyed each other. They will miss her company. To her neighbors, no words can express the love you showed to Ms. Peggy, thank you. Another favorite stop, cousins, Sam and Larry Anastas at Anastasiades Exclusive Chocolates. She was their best PR lady. Those sunny days will not be the same. Everyone who met Peggy was touched by her loving personality.
Family and friends will be received on Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church (4705 Fairhaven Avenue, N.W., Canton) with funeral services to follow at 11 a.m, Rev. Dr. Daniel Rogich officiating. Interment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. The family would like to thank Bethany Nursing Home and their entire staff for the compassionate care they gave to Peggy. Also a special thank you to Mercy Hospice. A personal thank you to Georgene Tatarides for her love and compassion during Peggy's final hours. Despina, we will miss your beautiful smile. May your memory be eternal.
Published in The Repository from Mar. 14 to Mar. 15, 2012