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Born: Mon., May 19, 1947
Died: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sun., Dec. 09, 2018
Location: St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church

Funeral Service

9:00 AM Mon., Dec. 10, 2018
Location: St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church

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Joann (Ioanna) Stavrides fell asleep in the Lord on December 4, 2018, surrounded by her family. She was 71. She was born Giannula Tsakiridou in Polykastro, Kilkis, Greece to Anastasio and Androniki Tsakirides (Maghnisali). At the age of 24, after a brief correspondence she met and married Steven Stavrides, and immigrated to the United States of America.
Joann had three sons, Angelo, Peter, and Andrew. Never receiving formal education in the United States, she learned the language and became a U.S. Citizen, she was very proud of that accomplishment. She owned and operated, along with her husband, the East Rock Confectionary Store in New Haven for many years. What she loved most was being a Mother and Grandmother. She was strong minded, but made friends quickly. She also loved making her home warm and inviting to all.
Joann loved to have family get togethers where she would prepare elaborate meals, and made sure no one left hungry or without extra food to take home with them. She enjoyed knitting blankets for her family and friends. Keeping people she loved fed and warm was a priority of hers.
She especially enjoyed traveling to Greece. In the last several years of her life she would spend summers back in her childhood home in Polykastro, making improvements and additions to it. She enjoyed time there with her family and friends. Joann loved her Greek heritage and was always very proud of it. She let everyone who met her know about this.
Joann was a long time member of St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, and was a member of the Philopticos Society and had also served on the Parish Council. She loved being a part of the community of St. Barbara.
Joann was predeceased by her parents, a Grandaughter, Andreana Stavrides, and a nephew Georgios Georgiades. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Steven Stavrides, of North Haven, CT., sons Angelo (Janet) Stavrides, of Cheshire, CT., Peter Stavrides, of Virginia Beach, VA., and Andrew (Joanna) Stavrides, of Northford, CT. She leaves behind three Grandchildren which she loved more than words can explain, Sophia, Nicholas, and Eva Stavrides. Joann also leaves behind a sister in law, Helen Piperas of Hamden, CT., a Goddaughter Irina Tsilfoglou of Wallingford, CT., and many nieces and nephews.
In Greece she leaves behind her brothers Demetrious Tsakerides, and his wife Sophia, Panagoitis Tsakerides and his wife Eleni, and a sister Eleftheria Georgiades. She also leaves behind in Greece many cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, along with many other extended family and friends.
Friends may visit at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange, CT. on the evening of Sunday, December 9, 2018, from 5pm to 8pm. A funeral service will take place at the church on Monday December 10, 2018, beginning at 9 AM. Burial will follow at All Saints Cemetery, in North Haven.

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Patric and Georgia Marchitto
   Posted Thu December 06, 2018
Stavros & family, we were so deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Joann
May her memory be eternal
With our sincere condolences
Patric & Georgia (Demetriades) Marchitto

Rose Mabrey
   Posted Fri December 07, 2018

STRUCTURED DESIGN IN RED AND WHITE was sent by Glen and Rose Mabrey.

You are in our thoughts and prayers Sincerely, Glen and Rose Mabrey

James DiCarlo - Chief retired
   Posted Fri December 07, 2018
My sincere condolences to Andrew and the entire Stavrides family.

Kathie Federico
   Posted Wed December 12, 2018
Joann and I have been friends for over 40 years. I will miss her smile and her kindness. She and I had many good times talking about her boys who were her pride & joy. My Granddaughter Zoe loved to visit Joann and she was so happy to see Zoe and get her hugs. She will be missed by all who knew her. My heart goes out to her family. My thoughts and prayers go to Steve, Angelo, Peter and Andrew. May God bless them all at this sad time.

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