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Presvytera Elizabeth Limberakis, Beloved Mother and Grandmother, Was 93

ELKINS PARK, NJ – Presvytera Elizabeth (Constantine) Limberakis passed away on February 25 at the age of 93 after a lifetime of dedicated service, alongside her late husband Fr. John A. Limberakis, to the Greek Orthodox Church in America. The sad announcement was made by her son Archon Dr. Anthony J. Limberakis, National Commander of the Order of St. Andrew, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

In the statement posted on the Archons website, Dr. Limberakis said: “On behalf of my brother Cary and my sister Catherine, it is with a heavy heart that I convey the sad news that our beloved mother, Presvytera Elizabeth (Constantine) Limberakis fell asleep in the Lord this past Saturday, February 25, 2023 at the age of 93.”

“Loving and devoted wife of Fr. John A. Limberakis, of blessed memory, she was the mother of four children: Evangelyn, who predeceased her, Cary (Alexis), Anthony (Maria), and Catherine (James); grandmother to Alyssa, Jaclyn, Jonathan, and Kyra Limberakis; John, Anthony, and Elizabeth Limberakis; and Andrea, John and Peter Tsatalis, as well as great-grandmother to Peter, Alexia and Jack, Dakota and Anthony, Evangeline, and Anthony,” the statement continued.

“Presvytera Elizabeth was universally loved and respected and was the exemplar Presvytera supporting parish ministries side by side with her beloved Fr. John who led four parishes to erect houses of worship for the Glory of God, in Fresno, CA; Cranston, RI; Elkins Park, PA, and Jeffersonville, PA. With abiding faith in our Lord and Savior and with hope in His resurrection, may her memory be eternal,” Dr. Limberakis said.

A native of Los Angeles, CA, Presvytera Elizabeth Limberakis was the daughter of Kyriakos and Erasmia Constantine and younger sister to Jim (Mary) Constantine and Despina (John) Yannacakis, all of whom predeceased her.

She was dearly loved and respected by all who knew and served with her in parish activities and organizations, as noted in her obituary. In addition to her dedication to the Orthodox Church, Presvytera Elizabeth worked for many years in each of her sons’ dental and medical offices, providing administrative support as they launched their practices. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren, for whom she provided significant caregiving in their early years. She loved music, classic films, and singing, and was an excellent cook who loved hosting her family for holidays and festive occasions.

With Fr. John and Presvytera leading groups of pilgrims, as well as their children and grandchildren, they traveled to the Holy Land to visit Christian landmarks and shrines and were all baptized in the River Jordan.

The viewing and Trisagion service will be held Friday, March 3, 9-11AM, at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, 900 S Trooper Road in Jeffersonville, PA, with the funeral service to follow at 11 AM presided over by His Grace Bishop Apostolos of Medeia.

The interment will be at Lawnview Cemetery, 500 Huntingdon Pike in Rockledge, PA. The ‘makaria’ funeral collation, will follow at Marco Polo Ristorante, 8080 Old York Road in Elkins Park, PA.

In lieu of flowers, kindly make donations in memory of Presvytera Elizabeth to: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 7921 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027 or St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, 900 S Trooper Road, Jeffersonville, PA 19403.


Dr. Gavathiotis is a Professor of Biochemistry and Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Co-Leader of Cancer Therapeutics at Montefiore Einstein Cancer Center.

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