MANCHESTER - Menelaos Christos Tsoubanos beloved Husband, Father, Papou, and Thio passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, August 3, 2013 after a short illness.
Menelaos was the Son of Christos and Kerano (Papayiannis) Tsoubanos. One of ten children, he was born in Agia Paraskevi (Kerasovo) Konitsis, Epirus, Greece on July 26, 1919. He served in the Greek Army during the Italian invasion 1940-1941 and at the end of the Italian-German occupation was recalled to serve in the Greek Army during the Greek civil war 1946-1949. After the civil war Menelaos became a police officer
and completed two years of service.
He would often relate stories when asked about his military tours of duty and would share his experiences of military life. He would describe tragic observations of the war as well as interesting tales while on military leave inmajorcities. His family and friends enjoyed his recollections and the details in which he spoke of those experiences.
In 1943 Menelaos married Glykeria Kotademou also from the same village, Kerasovo. They started a family but the war and the Army took him away for several years.
Upon his release from the police force, he returned to Kerasovo and became a mason but found it difficult to support his family.
Menelaos immigrated to the United States in June 1956 with his Wife and three Sons. His hope for a better life and the opportunity to educate his children were paramount to leaving his homeland. Upon his arrival to this country, he settled in Manchester, NH with his family. Menelaos worked many jobs; he worked at Myrna Shoe, Katsikas Farm, and with Christos Vailas painting and wallpapering. Menelaos later worked for Bill Hasiotis at the Olympia Bakery making angel hair dough for Kataifi and Fillo dough for Petas. When his brother Leonides took ill and passed away in 1961, Menelaos purchased the family-owned bakery from his sister-in-law Areti and ran it until 1973. From 1973 until his retirement in 1976, Menelaos worked at Amoskeag Leather. He had a strong work ethic and as most immigrants who came to the United States in the 1950s, Menelaos believed and instilled in his children that education, hard work and personal achievements, not hand-outs, were true measures of success.
Menelaos enjoyed music, dancing, and reading. He was an avid walker and would take daily walks to the Kafenio (Greek Coffee House) and to Bakolas Market. He felt most comfortable when surrounded in an environment of Greek-speaking people. After his retirement, Menelaos enjoyed traveling with his wife to Greece and spending time in his Xorio (village), Kerasovo, where he felt most at home with extended family and friends. Menelaos was an extremely proud man. He was proud of his Greek ancestry, culture, and family. He was a member of the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church and of the Kerasovon Society.
Menelaos was pre-deceased by his Wife Glykeria who passed away on July 11, 2012. They shared 70 very memorable, loving years of marriage together. Menelaos leaves behind three Sons; Christos Tsoubanos of St.
Charles, MO, George Tsoubanos of Wanamassa, NJ, and Bill Tsoubanos of Fort Washington, PA, Daughter Helen Rainey of Manchester, NH, Daughters-In-Law Irene Tsoubanos and Maureen Tsoubanos, Son-In-Law Gary Rainey, Grandchildren Christian, Aleke, Stephanie, Nicholas, Alyssa, Lea, Michael, Kristen, Sam, and Great Grandchild Sophia. He also leaves behind special Nieces and Nephews in the United States; Taki, Poppi, Niko, Maria, Patra, John, Chrysanthy, and Lucie, Nieces and Nephews in Greece, Australia, and Hungary, and his Grand-Nieces and Nephews whom he considered Grandchildren. In the comfort of his home, Menelaos was provided care by Nancy (Plastiras) Rousseau and Karen Macias and the family will always be indebted for the care and companionship provided.
Dad and Papou, our love of family, Greek culture, language, and tradition, instilled in us by both you and Mom will continue. Your legacy will live on for many generations to come.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 111 Island Pond Road, Manchester, NH 03109. Calling hours are 4pm – 7pm on Monday, August 5, 2013 at Phaneuf Funeral Home, Hanover Street, Manchester, NH with the Trisagion at 6pm officiated by Fr. Athanasios Nenes. Memorial service will be at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 12:45pm. Burial after church services will be at Pine Grove Cemetery, Manchester, NH.