A long-time resident of Sausalito, California, Helen was active throughout her life in the Greek Orthodox Church community. As a devoted member she supported many of its institutions throughout the world.
Helen was especially passionate in her love for the Church’s musical heritage. She spent some of her final hours on this earth chanting and praying during the Small Vespers before the All-night Vigil in honor of our Father among the Saints Nektarios, Bishop of Pentapolis, the Wonderworker in the convent Church of the Holy Tritiny on Aegina; she was glowing in spiritual prayer. In this way she fulfilled the divine Apostle’s injunction even to her last breath:
Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart.
One of the greatest joys in her life was to inspire and promote others, helping them in any way she could.
At the Stratigos family’s request, her special love for the Church’s venerable and ancient Byzantine chant heritage continues as Psaltiki, Inc. establishes Helen Petriti-Stratigos Memorial Fund. Use the Donate button below to make an online donation using your PayPal account or any major credit card:
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Helen Petriti-Stratigos Born June 8th, 1928 in Newport, Rhode Island and a long-time resident of Suasalito, CA, fell asleep in the Lord peacefully at her home in Greece, on the island of Aegina, Port of Souvala, on November 8, 2010.
A graduate of Barnard College and Columbia University, she was a reseach organic chemist that was instrumental in many cutting-edge medical and pharmaceutical advancements. A true maverick in her day, Helen was a successful chemist in her field at a time when few women were invovled in chemistry and research.
Her entire life was one of paving ways for others and providing doors of opportunity.
Helen was a devoted wife to her late husband, Ted. They married in San Francisco in 1959, settled in Sausalito in 1961, and shared 45 beautiful years together raising their three lovely sons.
Active throughout her live in the Greek community, Helen was a devoted member of the Greek Orthodox Church, and passionate about the choir and Byzantine liturgical music. She sang in the choir for over 50 years, and always had a song in her heart, surrounding herself with music and song wherever she would go.
She was a promoter of many budding musicians and vocalists, encouraging them and providing opportunities for their growth. One of the greatest joys of her life was to help, promote, and inspire others.
She built doors and put them in front of people, not as an obstacel, but as an opportunity.
She is survived by her loving sons, George, John and Spiro; daughters-in-law Lilika and Mary Kay; grandchildren Theo, Eleni, Demetri, Niko and Sophia; and sister Mary and family; and many other nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and extended family in Greece.
Friends and family are invited to Trisagion Services at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 and Funeral Services at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 17, 2010. All services will take place at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 999 Brotherhood Way, San Francisco.
In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Psaltiki, Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes the adcancement of the Hellenic Psaltic Art, also known as Byzantine and post-Byzantine Chant and Hymnology, facilitating, cultivcating and supporting its academic study, as well as initiating projects that transmit the psaltic heritage. Donations may be sent to Psaltiki, Inc., P.O. Box 149161, Orlando FL 32814-9161 or www.psaltiki.org.
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