Maria (Tsounis) Hatzistavrakis

December 6, 1939 ~ May 21, 2022 (age 82)


Maria Hatzistavrakis, 82, of Reading PA, passed away peacefully in her home on May

21, 2022

Born on December 6, 1939 in Kalloni, Lesvos, Greece. She was the daughter of the late

Paraskos & Eleni (Azadellis) Tsounis.

Cherished and devoted mother to daughters, Angela (husband Paul) of Leesport, PA, &

Elaine (husband Christian) of Willow Grove, PA and to sons, John & Harry (wife Patti) of

Pahoa, HI.

Treasured and adored Yiayia to Brandon (wife Elizabeth), Noah & Jaxon .

She was the sister of Yiannis Tsounis of Greece and was predeceased, in April of this

year by her sister, Kleoniki Papazoglov of Australia.

Loved Thea by many nieces and nephews.

Maria was truly a remarkable and brave woman. She left from Greece, along with her

mother, in 1960, heading for  NY. She worked hard for her entire life but you

would never hear her complaining about it. Her faith and devotion to God gave her the

strength to face whatever came her way.

She spent the majority of her days cooking, either at her home or at one of the

restaurants that she owned with her former husband, Iggy. She cooked from the heart

and could often be heard singing while doing so. If she wasn’t cooking or baking you

would find her reading one of her Greek books or crocheting. She crocheted up to her

very last days.

Maria was one of the most beautiful souls you could have ever met and she will be

deeply missed by many…se agapame poli xo

Funeral Services will be held at Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church 1001 East Wyomissing Blvd. Reading, PA 19611 Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at 11:00 am.  Interment will follow at Charles Evans Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends at Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church Tuesday from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.  In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church at the above address in memory of Mrs. Maria Hatzistavrakis. Whelan Schwartz Funeral Home, 444 North 9th Street Reading is in charge of arrangements and online condolences may be made at

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