Stavroula "Litsa" Menounos
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Danielson, CT
Stavroula "Litsa" Menounos 1954 - 2021
Canterbury - Stavroula "Litsa" Menounos, 66, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by friends and family on Greek Easter Sunday, May 2, 2021.
Born September 2, 1954, just outside Kalamata, Greece, to Anastasios and Paraskeve Kapernekas, Litsa emigrated to the United States where she met and married the love of her life, Constantinos "Costas" Menounos. Known for her amazing culinary skills and devotion to the church where she baked and sang in the choir, Litsa's career journey began working for the Somerville school cafeterias. When her daughter Maria, at age 22 became the youngest host of Entertainment Tonight, Hollywood came calling. Litsa starred in the Oxygen reality series "Chasing Maria Menounos" and co-authored the bestselling cookbook, filled with her one-of-a-kind recipes, "The EveryGirl's Guide to Cooking." Litsa appeared on many talk shows from the Today Show, Ellen, Howard Stern Show, Dr. Oz, Rachel Ray and literally countless others. She cooked for the likes of Bobby Flay, Giada Delaurentis and Rachel Ray and appeared on many red carpets and attended many Emmy, Oscar and other A-list events. She also was featured on numerous magazine covers, including People Magazine. Her brain tumor journey, coinciding coincidentally with her daughter Maria's own brain tumor, made world news and together inspired many. Rarely without a smile, forever grateful and always willing to serve and help others when called, what remained most important to Litsa were her loved ones. To that end, Litsa's healthy cooking style and strict devotion to his health, helped husband Costas become the medical marvel he is today, living well over 50 years with Type One Diabetes. Her children Maria and Peter were her top priorities as was her son-in-law, Keven Undergaro and her beloved Tibetan Spaniel, Beethoven, gifted to her by the Greek paparazzi. Litsa is survived by her husband Costas, son Peter, daughter Maria, dog Beethoven and son-in-law, Keven Undergaro.
Calling hours will be held Friday, May 7, from 9-11 am at The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church 80 Water St. Danielson, followed by a funeral service at the church at 11 am. Burial will follow in Westfield Cemetery in Danielson. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Litsa's honor to the Brain Trust at Cedars-Sinai with proceeds going to brain research and treatment https://giving.cedars-sinai.edu/brain-trust/make-a-gift. tillinghastfh.com
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Published by Norwich Bulletin from May 4 to May 6, 2021.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
May
7
Visitation
9:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
80 Water St., Danielson, CT
May
7
Service
11:00a.m.
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
80 Water St., Danielson, CT
May
7
Funeral service
12:00p.m.
Westfield Cemetery
North Street, Danielson, CT
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My dearest Litsa..We wanted to be there to say goodbye to you today, however due to a sudden illness could not make it. Thank you for all the years of friendship, love and laughter. You would walk in the room and it lit up with your smile. I will forever keep you in my heart and always cherish our friendship. I love you my filenada, and will say a prayer everyday...Until We Meet Again
Margaret Markos
Friend
May 7, 2021
Litsa mou, you were the kindest, most loving friend I have had in my life. I wanted to be there today to say goodbye, however, due to illness could not make it. You will be forever in our hearts, and I will treasure the years of endless friendship we had. Thank you for being you...Kalo Paradiso Filenada mou....until we meet again
Margaret & Xenophon Markos
Friend
May 7, 2021
Sending sincere and heartfelt sympathy on your loss. May "Litsa" rest in God's eternal peace. Heaven has another beautiful angel!
Sincerely,
John & Madonna Mortensen
May 7, 2021
What a lovely woman! I only met her twice, but was so impressed with her humility and warmth. Obviously, a very talented and giving soul. I'm so sorry you all had to "lose" her, but know she'll still be with you forever! Kathie's friend, Elizabeth
Elizabeth
Acquaintance
May 6, 2021
Dear Kosta, Peter, Maria and Kevin,
We are thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers during these times.
Litsa will always be in our hearts remembering her for her bubbly personality, great cooking and her good "mpirimpa" skills.
With our deepest sympathy.
Mr and Mrs Evangelos Maradianos

Evangelos Maradianos& family
Friend
May 6, 2021
My sincere condolences to Costas, Maria, Peter and Kevin. Rest In Peace Litsa. With sympathy Mike Indigaro.
Mike Indigaro
Family
May 5, 2021
God called you to soon Litsa, but he must have some very special plans for you. Please give my grand-son a big "Litsa" hug and kiss from me, and I will see you both again my friend. I won't say rest in peace, because the Litsa we all know and love didn't rest! Instead I will say LIVE in peace at the side of our Lord. I miss you my friend and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers always.
Norma Moffat
May 5, 2021
While I never had the pleasure of meeting her in person, I always loved watching her healthful Greek cooking videos or tv appearances alongside her dear daughter, Maria. She had such a calming, beautiful voice and presence. Reading about her determination and work ethic was very inspiring. My deepest condolences and warmth to her friends and family at this time. May perpetual light shine upon her in God’s loving care.
Julie Kostas
Acquaintance
May 5, 2021
Dear Maria, Costas, Peter, and Keven
So sorry to learn of Litsa’s passing. Though I only met her a few times, I remember her warm and welcoming spirit. May you find comfort in knowing that you surrounded her with love and provided her with the best possible care. May she rest in peace. Hugs to all, Keven’s Auntie Toni
Toni Basmaji
Family
May 4, 2021
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