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Helen "Eleni" (nee; Diamantopoulos), 82, of Edgewater, died on March 11, 2014, after a long and joyful life. Born July 1, 1931, in Patra, Greece, she came to the United States as a teenage girl with her family in 1946. It was in New York City that she met the love of her life, Nikos Cockinos, with whom she led a wonderfully romantic life filled with love, dance, and travel. Helen worked as a professional hairstylist for nearly 60 years. She was a faithful parishioner of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Ascension in Fairview, NJ. Helen was preceded in death by her beloved husband Niko in 1998. She was a deeply devoted mother to her two children Violet Mavrakis and her husband Vasilios, and James Cockinos and his wife Constantina. Helen was an adored and cherished grandmother of six: Niko, Eleni and George Mavrakis, and Nicholas, Zoe and Samantha Anna Cockinos. Helen is also survived by her brother Peter Diamant, and sisters Maria LaGreca and Sylvia Stratiotis, beloved brothers-and sisters-in-law as well as many loving nieces and nephews. The family will receive their friends on Friday 5-9 PM at the Frank A. Patti and Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home 327 Main Street "opposite the Fort Lee Library". All are asked to assemble Saturday in the Greek Orthodox Church of the Ascension at 10:30 AM. For condolences, directions, or information call (201) 944-0100 or www.frankpatti.com.
Patti & Mikatarian Funeral Directors
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
Published in The Record on Mar. 13, 2014