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Tessie Mitropoulos

May 29, 1931 - December 31, 2022

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Obituary For Tessie Mitropoulos

Tessie (Katis) Mitropoulos passed away on December 31, 2022 at her home after a long courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Beloved wife of the late Charles Mitropoulos. Born in Potamia, Greece, she was the loving daughter of Nicholas and Demetra (Hasoulas). In 1951, at the age of 20, she left her family and emigrated to Lowell, MA for a better life. She began working as a stitcher in one of the Lowell factories. In 1953, Tessie married Charlie. They lived in Cambridge until 1957 when they moved to Arlington to raise their family,

Tessie, being an avid member of the Arlington Community, served on the Bishop School PTA and was a Greek interpreter for the Arlington Public Schools. She was a very active parishioner at the St. Athanasius Greek Orthodox Church in Arlington. She was President and member of St. Barbara’s Philoptochos Society and was always willing to chair the Greek Cuisine at the annual bazaar. Tessie was also a St. Athanansius Parish Council member, 25th Anniversary Committee, Metropolis of Boston Philoptochos member, Metropolis of Boston Laity Award Recipient (1988), and Hellenic Nursing Home Board Member and volunteer.

Family was of the utmost importance in Tessie’s life. She enjoyed entertaining family and friends and her door was alway open.

Throughout the years, Tessie could always depend on the love and help of her two sister-in-laws, Vicky Katis and Venetia Mitropoulos. As Tessie’s illness progressed, and more assistance was needed, she and the family was lucky to have found two devoted and loving caretakers, Beverly and Kertania. Their dedication and support was greatly appreciated by all who loved Tessie. The family would also like to thank Beth Israel Lahey Hospice for their support.

Tessie was the loving mother of Nick Mitropoulos and his wife Marie (DelVecchio) and Peggy all of Arlington. She was also the cherished grandmother (YiaYia) of Danielle (Mitropoulos) Blume and her husband Mick, and Shelley (Mitropoulos) Aiello and her husband Alex. Tessie had two adoring great granddaughters, Teagan Aiello and Charlotte Blume.

Tessie was the loving sister of Harry Katis and the late Evangelos, Eftichia, George, Panagioti, and Athanasia. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit in the St. Athanasius Greek Orthodox Church on Wednesday January 4th from 10:00am to 11:00am. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am. Interment to follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial donation in memory of Tessie to St. Athanasius Greek Orthodox Church, 4 Appleton St., Arlington, MA, 02476 or the National MS Society, 465 Waverly Oaks Rd., Suite 202, Waltham, MA. 02452.

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  • 01/20/2023

    Peggy and Nick, So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. It is very hard to lose "Mom". We lost our Mom last August, and we speak of her everyday, and I do miss her here at home. I remember your Mom so well. A lovely lady, and I know a great Mom. She put up a brave battle all these years, and it may be comforting that she is finally at peace. Our deepest sympathies to you all. Jan Kerhulas and Family

  • 01/09/2023

    Dear Peggy and Nicky, I was so sorry to hear about your Mother's passing. I have so many fond memories of her when we lived in Arlington. Deepest sympathy to you both. Joan McLaughlin

  • 01/03/2023

    Hello, Peggy, Nick and family. Thea Tessie must have truly been a blood relative. She gave so much to the friendship and love she gave to my mom, that they had to be sisters. An unconditional love that you found in family. No question. She was always there especially for my mom. And of course for us "kids". She and my mom were the unstoppable forces of the St Athanasius kitchen, cooking up a storm for every festival, bazaar and event. Every Easter after service, again, cooking up a storm at Thea Tessie's house at 2:00, 3:00, 4:00 in the morning. On the phone incessantly talking about recipes and family matters. I remember one time we went shopping at the local Stop&Shop for food (what else?) and Thea Tessie had her arms full of grocery bags. Some guy with a big smirk on his face said, "Do you have the time?" And being the very kind person Thea was, she put all of her grocery bags down to give him the time from her wrist watch. I also remember VERY fondly all the times after Church when we would go to the Acropolis restaurant to eat the incredible food that Harry and she and others would cook. Still do this day I hope that no one saw meet eat the pad of butter I thought was cheese. But what incredible memories she gave us and always from the heart. She told it like it was, very much a straight shooter, but her heart was bigger than the whole Earth, giving of herself ALL of the time. You cannot find that in many people. A precious pearl in the sea. I will always cherish Thea Tessie and the memories she gave me.

  • 01/02/2023

    Very nice woman she will be missed Stanley & Janet Chamallas.

  • 01/02/2023

    So sorry for the loss. We will miss her but I will always have the memories of our visits in Cambridge, Arlington and Rollinsford, NH, as well as all other family gathering locations.

  • 01/02/2023

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Tessie was such an amazing ,welcoming, gracious neighbor and friend. Always loved those grape leaves and the lamb she did in the backyard. Coffee hour with the neighbors a coupe of times a week. How lucky we were to have Nicky and Peggy as role models for our young children. The Newells

  • 01/02/2023

    Hi, I was Tessie's care taker from 2013 up until her passing. I have early memories of our daily ritual of dancing and hugging and laughing. We always had to get laughs in before she eats. She taught me a great lesson on always smiling because she was one of my first Patience's and there were never any issues. Tessie made me lovr my job more than I ever did. When Peggy leaves, Peggy will say "Bye mommmm" and Tessie would reply, "Bye Peg, take it easy."I'm grateful her family trusted me in the role from day one. It was amazing to have her cheer up my day. In in this time I would like to dedicate John 3 Verse 16 to Tessie. God bless Tessie. God bless Peggy and Nick and your families.

  • 01/01/2023

    So sorry for your loss

  • 01/01/2023

    Love to you all and so sorry for your loss. Tessie was beyond strong and loved. She was a phenomenal cook who made the best grape leaves I have ever had. Rest in peace Tessie

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