Maria J. Nicoletta
Bratsakis, supermom, passed into the hands of our Lord following declining
health, November 28, 2018, her husband Johnís birthday, who preceded her in
She is survived by
her immediate family: her two sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Alexis
(Mitchell) Bratsakis and John and Heather (Anastos) Bratsakis. She was a
grandparent to John and Heatherís illustrious children; Anna, Dimitri and
Constantine. She is also survived by her brother John Demopoulos. She was a
loved Thea to nieces Marguerite (Bratsakis) Matthews, Dr. Anna Demopoulos
Katz, and Maria Demopoulos, and nephews Jim Bratsakis, George Bratsakis, Jim
Kontras, Nick Flesor and James Demopoulos.
Maria was born in
the Bronx, New York, to Anna and James Demopoulos on May 30, 19… (not
allowed to divulge actual year). Maria was the oldest sister to her brother
John. She was a proud graduate of Zoodohos Peghe (ZP) Bronx School. After
graduation she moved to Sheboygan, WI, then eventually Chicago where she
graduated from Amundsen High School and continued on to get a Philosophy
degree from Depaul University.
Maria met John
Bratsakis, who had crashed her brotherís wedding, and got married on January
21, 1962, at St. Demetrios Church in Chicago, IL. Maria and John traveled
the globe, which included trips to Australia, following the route of the
Titanic, visiting the beaches of Normandy, China and, of course, Greece.
Maria was proudest to be called mom to Jimmy and Johnny. She never missed a
football game, wrestling match (although her eyes were closed when the boys
were wrestling) or concert. She somehow found time to be a community leader:
in Community Concerts, bringing the Joffrey Ballet, Dizzy Gillespie and a
host of other world-famous acts to Valparaiso. She continued her
philanthropic ways through Tri Kappa, rising to the state level, to continue
and further the sororityís reach. As a leader for the VU Friends of Art, she
was an integral part of building the Dick Brauer Art Museum at Valparaiso
University. She was also involved in the Daughters of Penelope and, in her
final act, she served as president of PEO.
Maria will be waked
at Moeller Funeral Home in Valparaiso on Sunday, December 2, 2018, from 1
p.m. to 4 p.m. with the Trisagion Service at 3:30 p.m.
The Funeral will be
at St. Iakovos Greek Orthodox Church, 36 W 700 N, Valparaiso, IN 46385, at
10 a.m., Monday, December 3, with the interment service following at
In lieu of flowers,
please donate to the St. Iakovos Building Fund.