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Olga Hasiotis Passes Away at 93

November 25, 2020

PORTLAND, ME – Olga Hasiotis passed away peacefully at the age of 93 after a long, age-related decline. She lived a full life in the company of many loving neighbors, friends and family. On the day following her passing the church bells in her native village, Vasiliko, Epirus Greece rang-out in her memory.

Born February 10, 1927 she was the second of three siblings, two of whom have pre-deceased her in Greece. In 1951 she married Fotios Hasiotis, who pre-deceased her in 1985. The couple, with one son, George, arrived in Pawtucket, Rhode Island in 1953 to begin their new life in America, where they were re-united with many friends and relatives. Fotis of Politisani, Northern Epirus had escaped from Communist Albania in 1947. Olga and Fotis met Ioannina in the years following the Greek Civil War. They moved to Portland, Maine in 1955 to join a family business partnership which owned and operated the Highland Market grocery store until their retirement in 1983.

Olga was proud of her active support and involvement in the affairs of Portland’s Holy Trinity Hellenic Orthodox Church, where she was a member of the Women’s Philoptochos Society and Annual Hellenic Festival Baking Committee. As a child and teenager she lived through the horrors of Nazi Occupation in Greece and the ensuing Civil War and was eternally grateful for the opportunity to start a new life in United States.

Survivors include her son George and daughter-in-law Georgette of Phoenix, grand daughters Elena Shepard (and son-in-law Nick Shepard) and Katherine, as well as many nieces and nephews in Portland, New York, and Greece. George was a candidate for the U.S. Congress in 1988 and served as General Secretary of the Pan Epirotic Federation.

Funeral services were held at the Holy Trinity Hellenic Orthodox Church on Pleasant Street in Portland followed by internment at Forest City Cemetery. 

In her memory, contributions are welcome to:

Holy Trinity Hellenic Orthodox Church of Portland,

or Hospice of Southern Maine, Scarborough.


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