NASHUA, NH – Presvytera Eleni Alexopoulos, beloved wife of Reverend Soterios Alexopoulos, passed away in Nashua N.H. She was born on May 10, 1936 in Schini, Olympia, Greece, the daughter of the late Dionysios and Vasiliki Chronopoulos. She and her family immigrated to the United States in 1954. She was a proud American citizen, but that did not lessen her love of her Greek heritage.
Presvytera Eleni attended the Teachers’ College of St. Basil Academy in Garrison, New York, graduating as valedictorian and president of her class in 1964. In July of that year, she married Soterios Alexopoulos (a graduate of the Holy Cross Greek Theological Seminary) in a double wedding ceremony with her sister and brother-in-law. It was also the very first wedding at the Holy Cross Chapel on campus. After Father Soterios’ ordination to the priesthood, Father and Presvytera were assigned to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Lewiston, Maine.
During their Diakonia in Lewiston, she helped Father Soterios in his ministry by organizing and directing the Greek School, the Sunday School, the Youth Group, the Greek Dance Group, and the church choir (which she also directed for nine years) thus beginning a 48-year partnership in ministry with her husband. In 1973, Father and Presvytera were transferred to Saint Philip Greek Orthodox Church in Nashua, New Hampshire where they served the community for just under 22 years.
In Nashua, Presvytera Eleni again had the honor of teaching hundreds of children the Greek Orthodox faith, and Greek language, culture, history, and heritage as the Director of the Greek School, the Sunday School, and the Youth Group. She presented numerous programs for Greek Independence Day in March, Greek Letters celebrations in January, and for many other important events, including the annual Raising of the Greek Flag at City Hall and participating in the Greek Independence Day Parade in Boston. Presvytera Eleni also directed and organized the Sunday School for 22 years.
Presvytera enjoyed gardening, walking, traveling to her native Greece, but most of all she loved her family and being with her five grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Fairview for their care and love for Presvytera Eleni.
Presvytera Eleni is survived by her husband, Father Soterios; her daughter Vasiliki and her husband Jimmy; her daughter Tina and her husband Alekos; and her grandchildren, also known as her ‘asteria’ (shining stars): Thanasi, Maria, Sotiri, Christo and Peter; sister Christina (Elias) Vasilopoulos; sister-in-law Theodora Chronopoulos; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Giorgos and Katerina Alexopoulos; sister-in-law Ifigenia Alexopoulos; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins here and in Greece, and ‘symbetheri’, Peter and Maria Christopoulos and Athanasis and Louiza Miris. She was predeceased by her sisters and brothers-in-law, Demetra and George Pappas, and Maria and Demos Papadopoulos; and her brother, Napoleon Chronopoulos.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to St. Philip Greek Orthodox Church Youth Ministries in Nashua, NH or to St. Basil’s Academy in Garrison, NY.