Glykeria Tsoubanos

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Glykeria Tsoubanos, beloved wife, mother, Yiayia, and Thia passed away Thursday, July 11, 2012, after a period of declining health.

She was the daughter of Demetrios and Martha (Kota-dimou) Makris. She was born on April 7, 1919, in Agia Paraskevi, Konitsis, Epirus, Greece. She immigrated to this country in June 1956 with her husband and three sons, the youngest son just 50 days old. Glykeria loved to cook, bake, tend to her vegetable and flower gardens, and crochet. She worked tirelessly for many years at their family owned bakery (Athens Bakery) and then in Manchester's factories (Syntex and Pandora). She was a devout Greek Orthodox Christian, and believed God would provide, protect, guide and watch over her family; God never disappointed her even in the most challenging of times.

She was strong-willed but a peace-maker. Throughout her failing health her motivation was to live for her husband and children and to see that they would always be united. Her health deteriorated but her spirit never did.

Glykeria leaves behind her husband, Menelaos C. Tsoubanos of 70 years, three sons Christos Tsoubanos of St. Louis Mo., George Tsoubanos of Wanamassa, N.J., and Bill Tsoubanos of Fort Washington, Penn.; one Daughter Helen Rainey of Manchester, daughter-in-laws Irene Tsoubanos and Maureen Tsoubanos; son-in-law Gary Rainey and nine grandchildren, Christian Tsoubanos,Aleke (Tsoubanos) Valentine,

Stephanie (Tsoubanos) Saunders, Nicholas Tsoubanos, Alyssa Tsoubanos, Lea Tsoubanos, Michael Tsoubanos, Kristen Tsoubanos, and Sam Rainey,

and several nieces and nephews.

Glykeria was a member of the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church Philoptochos Society and of the Kerasovon Society.

A note of thanks to caregivers Karen Macias, Nancy Rousseau, and Donna Bernard for the care provided during her period of declining health. It takes a village to raise a child and a village to care for an elder.

Mom and Yiayia, you were a gentle, caring soul. You epitomized the name you were given Glykeria (Sweet Lady). You loved everyone unconditionally and accepted everyone into your home and into your heart. Our memories of you will be eternal. The rest you so deserved is now yours.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church Philoptochos Society or the Assumption Greek Orthodox

Church Youth Ministry.


SERVICES: Calling hours are 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 15 at Phaneuf Funeral Home, Hanover Street, Manchester, with the Trisagion at 6 p.m. officiated by Fr. Andrew Mahalares. Funeral is Monday, July 16, 2012, at 10 a.m. at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Manchester.

The Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium is in charge of arrangements. For more information or to view an online guestbook and memorial, please go to

Published in Union Leader on July 14, 2012
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