Desperna "Honey" Stergiou

  • Born: January 7, 1930
  • Died: March 9, 2019
  • Location: Manchester, New Hampshire

Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory

1799 Elm St
Manchester, NH 03104

Tel. (603) 625-6951

Tribute & Message From The Family

Desperna (Theodosopoulos) Stergiou, 89, fondly known as "Honey", of Manchester died March 9, 2019 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Manchester on January 7, 1930, she was the daughter of Vasilios and Anna (Kokolis) Theodosopoulos. She attended Manchester Central High School (Class of 1947) and earned an advanced degree from The Forsythe School of Dental Hygiene in Boston, MA. She retired after 55 years as a dental hygienist working with many great local dentists.

Honey thoroughly enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought her immeasurable joy. She was blessed with incredibly close relationships and support from her large tight-knit Greek family, as well as friends from the many facets of her life. She will be greatly missed by all.

For most of her life, she was an avid golfer and a member of Derryfield Country Club. Although she was unable to play golf in her later years, she never missed a PGA golf tournament on television every weekend. She also served as a Granite State Ambassador at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. In her early years, she was an active member of St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, the Daughters of Penelope, and the Anagenesis Society. She was also a member of the Eastern Star.

Later in life, Honey loved going to Elliot Pulmonary Rehabilitation classes every week. She had a great rapport with her peers and the staff that supported her.

As a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Honey spent time at soccer and basketball games, piano recitals, track meets, theatre plays, and band concerts. Her grandchildren loved her 'peta' and enjoyed attending "Yiayia's Christmas Luncheon" every year.

She was predeceased by her husband, Stergios. C. Stergiou in 1971. Her philosophies, beliefs, and fortitude demonstrated as a single parent will forever be admired and appreciated by her four children.

She was also predeceased by her sisters, Aphrodite (Effie) Zitrides, Mary Spiro and Glikeria (Kiko) Statires and three brothers, Lambros (Lampy) Theodosopoulos, Harry Theodosopoulos and James Theodosopoulos.

Family members include her daughter, Maria Johnson and her husband, Scott, of Hooksett, her daughter, Sandy Stergiou of Arlington, MA, her son, Chuck Stergiou and his wife, MaryEllen, of Manchester, and her son, Basil "Billy" Stergiou, of Manchester. Basil has been her devoted caregiver for many years and is the reason she was able to live a quality life at her home. She also has nine caring grandchildren, Meghan, Mandi, Ben, Lindsay, Kelsey, Zoe, Aidan, Lucas, and Elias, and three beautiful great-grandchildren Grahame, Addisyn, and Hadley. Honey leaves behind a brother, Nicholas Theodosopoulos of Cambridge, OH, a sister, Virginia Theo-Steelman and her husband, David Steelman, of Manchester, a sister-in law and dear friend, Pam Theodosopoulos of Manchester, and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the staff of Hospice Services VNA for the exceptional care and comfort in her final days and the doctors, nurses, and caregivers that were so wonderful throughout her life.

The funeral was held on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 650 Hanover St., Manchester. Committal prayers followed at Pine Grove Cemetery, Calef Road, Manchester.

Memorial donations may be made to Breathe NH at 145 Hollis St. Unit C, Manchester, NH 03101.


Condolence & Memory Journal

My sincere condolences to the family for yours and communities loss of a wonderful lady. Chuck my heart goes out to you, I know what it's like to loose someone you love, you were so kind to me when I lost Ted. My heart goes out to you in this difficult time. Memories will sustain you. God Bless.

Posted by Pat Theodore - Manchester, NH   March 25, 2019

Our family was honored to have Honey as our hygienist in the days of Dr. Kelly and Dr Stanton. In the past few years we saw Honey at the Backroom and so enjoyed her spark of life and reminiscing. Honey... thank you for teaching us to "floss"...:) Best to your family. The Langer Family

Posted by lynn langer - Manchester   March 20, 2019

I was so sorry to hear of Honey's passing. I will miss her fabulous smile on that beautiful face - and I will miss bumping into her at the Backroom and getting a reminder from her to floss! She was a delightful woman and I am so very grateful to have known her. My sincere condolences to her entire family. How lucky you were to have had her.

Posted by Jan Langer - Merrimack, NH   March 20, 2019

Dear Sandy, Maria, Chuck and Billy,
I was so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. I have many fond memories of her driving us to basketball practice and making snacks for us after a day in your pool. She did a great job, raising all of you, as a single parent. Be patient and loving with each other while you heal.

Posted by Nikki Doukas - MA - Friend   March 17, 2019

Our sympathy for the entire family
From Patty and Mariette

Posted by Patricia Truyts - Family   March 15, 2019

My condolences to the family. You will be missed.

Posted by Doris Yankee - BEDFORD, NH - Friend   March 13, 2019

Thinking of you Bill and wishing your family comfort.

Posted by John Yarmo & Barbara "Beau" Michaud - Candia, NH   March 13, 2019

Dear Scott Maria and family
We hereby express our deepest condolences with the loss of your mom
We wish you and the whole family all the strenght for the time to come
Our prayers and thoughts are with you all

Posted by Shirley Truyts - Merksem - Family   March 13, 2019

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. She was lucky to have so much loving family around her, and I'm sure it meant the world to her.

Posted by Elizabeth Zachos - Brookline, MA - Family Friend   March 11, 2019

Our deepest sympathies- from your friends at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

Posted by Vicki Ferraro - Manchester, NH - Coworker   March 11, 2019

So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Mr.& Mrs. Richard Lutsk - Manchester, NH - Friend   March 11, 2019

My deepest sympathy to the entire Stergiou Family... She was a wonderful woman and a wonderful mom who brought up the nicest children. May God rest her gentle soul amongst the righteous and may He grant you comfort and strength during this difficult time. May her memory be eternal.

Posted by Maria Dongas - Manchester, NH - Friend   March 11, 2019

Goodbye Aunt Honey. A beautiful person whom Edie and I loved talking to. Sorry to my close cousins for our loss.

Posted by George and Edie Zitrides - Laughlin, NV - Family   March 11, 2019

Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your Mother. She was truly a wonderful woman, I don't ever remember seeing her without a smile on her face. I'm sure she will be deeply missed.
Sincerest Regards, Eileen and Lisa Petruk

Posted by Lisa MacDowell - Deering, NH - Family Friend   March 11, 2019

Dearest Maria, Sandy, Chuck, and Billy, and all of Yiayia's family,
So very sorry to hear about Yiayia. Sending love and prayers to you all. She was one of the best and one of a kind.

Posted by Linda Kleinschmidt - Hooksett, NH - Family Friend   March 11, 2019

Thinking of all of you, wishing you hope in the midst of sorrow, comfort in the midst of pain.

Posted by Lisa Diamantis - Manchester, NH - Family Friend   March 11, 2019

Honey was a valuable volunteer for Granite State Ambassadors and had a lot of friends in our ranks. A member of the GSA First-in-the-Nation class of 1999, Honey served more than 650 hours at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport's NH Information Booth. We were so very sorry to hear of her passing and send our deepest condolences to her family.

Posted by Kelly Bryer - Manchester, NH - Coworker   March 11, 2019

My sympathies to the Stergiou Family. May you hold dear the memories of your loving Mom. She touched the hearts of so many.

Posted by Celeste (Mathews) Dakoulas - Manchester, NH - Friend   March 11, 2019

Our sincere thoughts and prayers to Virginia Theo-Steelman and her husband, David Steelman and family

Posted by Ned and Judy Gelinas - MANCHESTER, NH - Friend   March 10, 2019

A beautiful tribute to a lovely woman and a life well lived. We carry you all in our hearts and hope that you find comfort in the shared memories you carry with you. Pamela & Morey

Posted by Pamela Diamantis - Greenland, NH - Family Friend   March 10, 2019

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