Helen “Eleni” Karres
December 13, 1927 – April 20, 2017
Passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 20 at the age of 89. Born December 13, 1927 in Klada, Sparti, she was the daughter of the late Panayiotis and Aikaterini Alexandrakis, and sister of the late Dimitrios, Constantinos and Kostoula (Karkouli) Alexandrakis. Helen married Theodore Nick Karres in 1951 and in 1958 they moved from Karyes Lakonia to Charlotte NC with their daughter Patricia. Helen retired after 40 years of service to the Alterations Departments of Iveys/Dillards and Belks. While in Charlotte she was an active member of Holy Trinity Cathedral, Philoptochos and the Ladies of Karyae. Helen was was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, Theodore in 1999 and in 2010 Helen moved to Toronto to live with her daughter Patricia and her family. A spiritual and loving mother and grandmother, Helen will be missed by all her family and friends throughout the U.S., Canada and Greece.
Helen is survived by her daughter Patricia Diamantouros (formerly of Charlotte), her son-in law Efthymios (Tom) and granddaughter Cristina, all of Toronto. Helen is also survived by her step-daughter Maria Panagiotopoulou, her husband Christos and granddaughters Anthee and Vivi of Piraeus, Greece, as well as many nieces and nephews in the U.S. and Greece.
Friends and family will be received at HERITAGE FUNERAL CENTRE, 50 Overlea Blvd. (416) 423-1000 on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 5-9 pm. A funeral service will be held in Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 600 East Blvd. Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 with interment to follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Funeral arrangements in North Carolina are entrusted to Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Services, 1321 Berkeley Avenue, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28204, (704) 641-7606.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Hellenic Home for the Aged in Toronto, Hellenic Hope Foundation in Toronto or Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in North Carolina would be appreciated by the family.