June 21, 1930 – January 1, 2021
From Macedonia to Michigan, then retiring to Florida, our beautiful, lovable, amazing Mother is now rejoicing with her Savior and Lord, her loving husband, Steve, and son, Garry (1953-2020).
To cherish her memory are her two daughters, Kalina and Charissa; son-in-law Stephen; six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. She held the title of the fun aunt, cousin, godmother, and dear friend to many others as well. Having survived years at a NYC orphanage, her children and grandchildren were rarely out of her tender arms. Her resilience never wavered. She taught us to always help others and to never give up. She dazzled the floor at Dines Restaurant, Machus Red Fox, Sheraton Gift Shop, St. Lawrence Volunteer Gift Shop, and even her son’s cafe, always greeting with that 1000-watt smile. From Opera to Motown to Macedonian dancing music, she filled the family home with singing, dancing, laughter, and so much love. Further proof of this larger-than-life heart is the fact that 50 years later her children’s friends would still ask about “Mom and Dad Dines.” One of the initial members of St. Andrew Orthodox Church, her strong faith helped her fill the sanctuary with her beautiful voice and the parish hall with her hard work at festivals and beyond. It is noted that Mom’s feisty opinions never left anyone to wonder what was on her mind. Forever grateful for the blessing of her long life with us, words cannot express our sadness. Spunky, strong, and full of spirit to the end, her sweet love and fabulous laugh will forever remain in our hearts until we see her again in the true paradise. Memory Eternal. We thank you, Mommy. Love you more!
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 15, 2021, at St. Andrew Orthodox Catholic Church, 1216 Greencrest, East Lansing. interment will follow at 1:00 p.m. in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to Meals of Hope, 2221 Corporation Blvd., Naples, Florida, 34109 in memory of Athena Dines.