Peni (Despina) Poulos 91, of Windham and Yonkers, NY, passed away on Saturday, February 7, surrounded by her beloved family. Despina was born in Yonkers to Anthony and Sophia Xanthopoulos. She and her late husband, Steven, lived in Jersey City for over 60 years where they raised their family before moving to New York where she later resided for over 30 years.
Despina was a member of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Jersey City, Assumption Church in Windham NY, The Ladies Philoptochos Society and the Pontian Society of Jersey City. She and her late husband were the owners for over 32 years of “Poulos Deli and Liquor Store“ in Jersey City. She was an avid golfer and a very creative and talented individual who especially enjoyed painting. A devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Despina was most proud of her family which was the center of her world. She was a lady of wisdom, of incredible strength and will be fondly remembered as a dynamic person who touched the hearts of those who had the good fortune to know her.
Peni will be deeply missed by her loving children: H. Steven Poulos, Bishop Andonios, Eva Denise Cecchini and husband Perry; her 5 grandchildren: Steven Poulos and wife Ana, Dr. Melissa Despina Poulos, Elenie Grasos and husband Vasili, Gianna Cecchini, Alexa Cecchini and her fiancé Anthony Ciccone; as well as by her 4 great-grandchildren; Zoe Charles, Mario, Stefanos and Patrikia Grasos.
Her funeral will take place on Wednesday (Feb 11) at 11:00 AM at St. Demetrios Church, 524 Summit Avenue, Jersey City (NJ). Interment will follow in Hillside Cemetery, Lyndhurst.
Family will receive friends on Tuesday (Feb 10) from 4 to 8 PM in the Calhoun-Mania Funeral Home, 19 Lincoln Avenue, Rutherford (NJ).
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Michael’s Home, 3 Lehman Terrace, Yonkers, NY 10705.
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