Glykeria Christofilis

Age 61, of Holt, MI, passed away July 3, 2013.  After a courageous yearlong battle with cancer, Glykeria Christofilis fell asleep in the arms of the Lord.  She was born on April 10, 1952 in Ano Yianneika, Greece to Nikolaos and Eleni Vlantonopoulos.  In 1975 she married John Christofilis and soon thereafter the couple made their permanent home in Holt, Michigan.  Together, Glykeria and John raised three loving daughters and built a business, the Delhi Café, which they have owned and operated since 1992.  Glykeria’s greatest joy was anything that involved spending time with her family, particularly her three grandchildren, the oldest of whom is named after her. Yia Yia (Greek for “grandma”) loved to make Greek pastries, crochet and give to her family and community.  She was very strong in her faith and was an active member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church where she worked with Philoptochos, taught Sunday School and volunteered for many church functions and fundraisers.  Her love for advancing Greek cultural awareness dates back to the grade school days of her daughters when she gave classroom presentations while wearing old traditional Greek attire.  Glykeria was a devoted wife, a loving mother and a generous person who touched many lives and who loved helping others.  May her memory be eternal.

She is survived by her husband of 38 years, John; 3 daughters, Christina (John) Economopoulos of Escanaba, MI; Elaine and Demetra Christofilis, both of Holt; 3 grandchildren, Glykeria, Harekleia and Christos Economopoulos; 2 sisters, Konstadina (George) Bouras and Georgia (Antonios) Diamandopoulos, all of Greece.  She is also survived by more beloved family, many dear friends and koumbaroi.  She was preceded in death by: her parents; brother, Ioannis Vlantonopoulos; and niece, Elenitsa Bouras.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 6, 2013, at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1701 E. Saginaw St., Lansing, with Fr. Mark Sietsema, Ph.D., officiating.  Interment will follow at the Maple Ridge Cemetery in Holt.  The family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel, in Holt, on Friday, July 5, 2013, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with a Trisagion service at 7:30 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in memory of Glykeria Christofilis.

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Fr. Mark and Family
July 3, 2013 at 5:24 pm

We loved Glykeria with all our hearts and will miss her always.

May her memory be eternal!

Chuck & Nadean Hillary
July 3, 2013 at 5:29 pm



Jan Munk
July 3, 2013 at 9:38 pm

I have missed Glykeria so much over the past year, always hoping she would be able to return to us. Her passing leaves an enormous hole. May the Lord be with all her family and may her memory be eternal.

Sylvia Ropp
July 4, 2013 at 11:28 am

John and family,
I was very sad to see in the paper that Glykeria had passed away! I feel she was part of my family. The wreath that she made for us still hangs on my door every Christmas season. She will definitely be remembered for her generous nature. May Jesus comfort you all.
Love, Sylvia

Athena (Spiridakos) Kountouriotis
July 4, 2013 at 11:43 am

Dear Mr. Christofilis, Christina, Elaine and Demetra,
I am deeply saddened to hear of your wife and mother’s passing. May God give you strength and comfort during this very difficult time. She will be greatly missed by many. May her memory be eternal. Hugs and prayers to you all.

Michael & Nancy Schreiner
July 4, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Glykeria treated us like a member of the family. She consoled my wife personally when Nancy’s mother passed. We loved her. We hope her daughters can take some comfort in knowing they possess a lot of Glykeria’s character. God bless the family.

Effie Spiridakos and Kris (Spiridakos) Tzumakas
July 4, 2013 at 2:39 pm

We are very sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved wife, mother and grandmother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God comfort you at this most difficult time. May her memory be eternal.

Karen Ostermiller
July 5, 2013 at 9:41 am

I was saddened to learn of the loss of your mother and wife. May you comfort each other with memories of such a loving soul. My deepest sympathies are with you.

Sherrie Hardesty Duncan
July 5, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Glykeria was a lovely lady and my family appreciated her
gracious hospitality and cooking at the restaurant. It was
an honor to have known her. Sending deepesty sympathy
for your loss and prayers for your consoling.

Angela Michels
July 6, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Demetra I am so sorry to hear about your Mother so late. I wish I had heard earlier. She was such a wonderful lady full of so much love for her family. She was so proud of you Demetra. She made me feel so welcomed every time that I saw her. My heart is breaking for you and your family. I will never forget her. May god bless you and your family. Love you Angie

Bob & Kathie Campbell
August 10, 2013 at 2:24 pm


You brought so much light into our lives the too few chances that we had to talk together. We will remember you always!

John & family;

Our hearts go out to you. Know that Glykeria will always be smiling down on you!

Bob & Kathie Campbell


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