It comes with a heavy heart that I inform you that our mother, Georgia P. Zafiropoulos, passed away on Wednesday morning around 5:30AM after a long battle for the last couple of years. The 3 sons were blessed to be here for her last breath, and with her right to the end. God bless Georgia, and may God rest her soul!
Instead of flowers, please donate in her memory to the St Demetrios Church Building Fund. THEN go to “Building Fund” and Down at bottom where it says “Donation is in memory of” Please write: “Georgia P. Zafiropoulos”. you can also go here for more info: Thank you all very much for your love and support in her memory! God Bless You!
A very brief historical background of Georgia P. Zafiropoulos:
As a child growing up, she was an only child until the age of 14, raised by a father who was a military policeman and a traditional Spartan strong-willed mother. Georgia P. Zafiropoulos, affectionately known as Geitsa, preferred playing soccer with the boys over playing with dolls. She would frequently sneak away to play soccer with the boys in her neighborhood, and would return home to be scolded by her mother for soiling her beautiful white dress with a dirt imprint of a soccer ball.
At the peak of WWII, her parents moved to the island of Kos, where, as a child, she met her future husband, Panayiotis Zafiropoulos, whose father was a judge. Both their families had fled from Athens during the German occupation.
After the war, her family moved back to Athens, where Geitsa attended a highly regarded private high school called Arsakio, where she later returned to teach.
As a result of her academic accomplishments, she was admitted to the University of Athens, where she earned a master’s degree in psychology and philosophy. After completing her studies at the University of Athens, Geitsa and Payi got married.
Subsequently, she received a full scholarship to attend Radcliff College to earn a PhD in child psychology. However, due to financial hardship since her husband Payi was still in training to become a urologist, she chose to dedicate her time to raising a family. As a newlywed couple, they immigrated to the United States, to Boston in 1962.
Shortly thereafter, in 1964, they had their first child, Michael. In 1966, they had their second child, Nicholas, and their third child Solon in 1970.
Having moved from one hospital to the next during Pan’s lengthy internship and residency over the course of several years, they finally settled in Newton, MA, where they spent the better part of 13 years raising their 3 children.
During their time in Newton, they became parishioners of the original St. Demetrios Parish in Newton Lower Falls, where they remained devoted parishioners, even through the relocation to the new church in Weston in 1972.
In 1981, they moved to Weston, MA. During the time that the Zafiropoulos’ resided in Weston, Geitsa volunteered her time teaching Greek school. Many of her students subsequently expressed their fond appreciation of their teacher many years later as adults.
It was Geitsa’s influence that guided her oldest son Michael towards organized sports. She signed him up for little league baseball, where she herself displayed her athletic prowess by hitting a home run at the end of the season parent-child picnic!
As a result of Geitsa’s influence Michael developed a sincere passion for sports
Geitsa had artistic talent, and thought it was very fashionable to dress her children in the latest fashion trends, such as ascots, and other trendy clothing. Geitsa’s emphasis in academics was a strong influence in all her children’s academic endeavors and accomplishments, which resulted in Michael becoming a successful attorney, Nicholas becoming a highly regarded orthodontist, and Solon becoming a successful business man.
Geitsa always expressed what was on her mind, rarely withholding her feelings.
She taught her sons to have good manners, to show respect for all of their friends and relatives, and to be humble. She was very firm about these teachings in her foundation for teaching her boys right from wrong.
Her son Solon got his musical influence from his mom, as she frequently played reel-to-reels, 8-tracks, and vinyl albums ranging from classical music to Elvis, including the traditional Greek folk comedies of Karagiozi.
She was an artist who loved to paint, especially landscapes of Greek islands and religious themes.
Her avant-garde artistic taste was exemplified by her painting the boiler of their Newton home to look like something painted by an impressionist artist, for the purpose of allaying her children’s fears of entering the unfinished basement.
She loved Greece and its rich history, especially Ancient Greek & Byzantine history, which had an influence on Solon’s pursuit of a history degree.
Georgia P. Zafiropoulos was a very religious woman of profound theological and spiritual depth.
She accepted everyone and always made herself available to help people in any way she could as well as very generous to both friends and strangers in need. She was a very loyal friend, and was always a good listener of people’s problems, always offering advice to many young adults, and new immigrants to America. Georgia cherished the time that she spent with her family at their Cape home, where she cultivated many strong lifelong friendships. That legacy has been passed down to her grandchildren.
But what she valued the most in her later years was spending quality time with her beloved grandchildren, Maria, Georgia, Payi, Michael and Alexandra (and Charlie)
There is some symbolism about this ceremony in that it coincides with the birthday of her much adored, deceased baby brother Elias, who tragically passed away at the young age of 32. It is also notable that she passed between the birthdays of two of her sons, which are February 20th and 28th.