Schenectady - Mary Markopoulos peacefully passed away on August 11, 2019 at the age of 94.
Mary was born in Albany and was the only daughter of the late Nicholas and Florence "Flora"
(Romano) Chrysogelos. She was a 1944 graduate of Phillip Schuyler High School. Mary was
a Candy Striper at Albany Medical Center Hospital and employed by United Traction Company
She was a loving and devoted wife and mother. She is predeceased by husband, Stephen Markopoulos,
who passed in March. They met at a Greek dance in Troy and were married in 1953. God blessed
them with longevity and together with their family, they celebrated their 65th Anniversary last
November; a celebration of unconditional love and commitment in marriage.
Mary worked for GE, Small Motors Division, Building #40, until they started their family. They were
a big part of their two daughters', Elaine (Douglas) Rodd and Stephanie (Peter) Cospito, daily lives.
Mary enjoyed roller skating, dancing, gardening, sewing, crocheting, helping her friends and family,
including her five brothers; the late George, Angelo, John and Peter and is survived by her brother
Anthony (Mary Ann) Chrysogelos. She is predeceased by her lifelong friend Bess Anastas.
Mary had a servant's heart. She volunteered in her community and church, St. Sophia Greek Orthodox
Church in Albany and St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Schenectady. She was a member of
the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, taught Sunday School and helped where the
need was, in her daughters' schools, Haven Grief Counseling and Quest for Grace...
Mary especially loved her role as "YiaYia" to her six grandchildren, Joshua Rodd, Stephanie (Tim)
Raney, Jeremy Rodd, Kristen (Daniel) DiBlasi, Jonathan (Gloria) Cospito and Katelyn (Matthew) DiBlasi.
She is also survived by five great-grandchildren, Noah and Selah Raney, Rylan, Emery and Nellie
DeBlasi; many nieces and nephews and Amanda, special friend and aide.
Mary was a beautiful, selfless woman who put others' needs before her own. She was a blessing
to many and is missed already.
Special thanks to Ellis Medicine and Schenectady Center for their care and compassion.
Funeral service, Friday, 11:00 a.m. at St. George Greek Orthodox Church. Calling hours, Thursday,
4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Daly Funeral Home, 242 McClellan St. Interment, Parkview Cemetery,
Schenectady. Memorial contributions may be made to St. George Orthodox Church, 107 Clinton
St., Schenectady, NY 12305
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