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Despo Sfakianos, bakery worker and sister of John Paterakis, dies

Despo "Dee" Sfakianos, a retired bakery worker and older sister of the late John Paterakis, died of dementia complications Dec. 9 at a private assisted living facility in Clarksville. She was 92 and lived in Mays Chapel.

Born in Greece in the village of Lithi on the island of Chios, she was the daughter of Isadore Paterakis and Kyriaki Pecunas, and came to the U.S. with her parents and sister when she was 3. The family settled in East Baltimore and her brother, John, was born in 1929. She was a 1943 graduate of Patterson Park High School and joined the Federal Reserve Branch Bank at its former location at Calvert and Lexington streets.

In 1947 she married Nicholas Sfakianos, who also worked at the family bakery.

Mrs. Sfakianos later worked alongside her sister, Liberty Paterakis Tsakalos in the H&S Outlet store on Fleet Street in Fells Point. She worked at the shop for decades and even after her retirement she came to the plant to decorate the officers for holidays. She a member of the Bou Tem Sci Boumi Temple.

“She loved to cook,” said her son, John N. Sfakianos of Ellicott City “And she loved children — her own and all the nieces and nephews.”

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, Maryland Avenue and Preston Street, where she was a member.

In addition to her son, survivors include another son, Stephen I. Sfakianos of Ellicott City; two grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. Her husband died in 1999.


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