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Greek-American Georgia L. Ypsilantis Is Mourned

BOSTON – Georgia Lempesis Ypsilantis, of Arlington, MA, 91, passed away peacefully on March 9, 2022. Beloved wife of the late Homer Nicholas Ypsilantis. Devoted mother of Nicholas H. Ypsilantis and his wife Kathy, Evan H. Ypsilantis and his wife Effie, and Mark H. Ypsilantis and his wife Jane. Devoted grandmother of Christina Karalolos (Ypsilantis) and her husband Cosmo, Alexander Ypsilantis and his fiancé Kat, Everett Ypsilantis, Evan H. Ypsilantis II, Luke Ypsilantis, Petra Ypsilantis, and Caterina Ypsilantis. Daughter of the late Nicholas C. Lempesis and the late Maria Lempesis (Menounos) former proprietors of the legendary Elite Café on Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, MA (now known as the Plough & Stars). Also survived by nieces, nephews, several cousins and friends.

She had many enjoyable years at her summer home in West Harwich on Cape Cod with her husband, family, and friends. She was a devoted member of St. Athanasius the Great Greek Orthodox in Arlington, MA for more than 60 years, having served on the Lady Philoptochos Society for several years.

Born in Cambridge, MA, she was a true Cantabrigian and a avid Boston sports fan, especially devoted to the former Boston Braves National League baseball club that was located across the Charles River from where she grew up. Graduate of Cambridge Latin High School.  Graduate of Portia Law School (now New England School of Law) earning a Juris Doctor degree in 1951. Pillar of the Boston legal community.

She was one of the first female practicing attorneys in Boston and served for many years as an Acquisitions Law Librarian at the Social Law Library in Boston. In 1986, she and her son Nicholas co-founded Accufile, an information and research management firm now located in Lexington, MA.

A dynamo – she was driven, charismatic, and not afraid to speak her mind – “I will wear my heart upon my sleeve” (Othello). Fire and brimstone with a wink and a smile: “I’ll fix him (her)” was an often-spoken phrase on the tamer side.

“May her memory be eternal – Aιώνια μνήμη, dearest Mom and Yiayia.”

The funeral Service was held on March 15 at St. Athanasius the Great Greek Orthodox Church in Arlington, MA. Visiting hours were held on March 14 at the Faggas Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the above named church. Burial was in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA next to her late beloved husband Homer N. Ypsilantis.

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