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Services Monday for Maria J. Nicoletta Bratsakis

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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 death.

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 Graceland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the St. Iakovos Building Fund.



Posted 11/30/2018




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