WILMINGTON — Margaret Stephanou was a woman of amazing character, and the world is diminished by her loss. She loved reading, gardening, singing and the sea. She was an excellent baker and had a deep and abiding passion for whipped cream, learning all sorts of patisserie recipes so that she could include whipped cream in all her baking. She enjoyed a good story and truly enjoyed a good joke, be it the darkest of black humor, the sharpest of word play or by her long-time love of the Three Stooges, the silliest of slapstick. The greatest of all her strengths though, was her heart. She loved intensely and deeply, loving her husband George and her children Eli and Maria with an intensity that could never be ignored. Her heart was large, making lots of room for her children’s spouses, Linnea and Jonny and even more so for her grandchildren, Karolina and James. She always had a laugh, a smile and a desire to add a tiny bit of chaos wherever she went, being sure to instruct her grandchildren on the finer arts of shooting cheerios off of their tray and around the room.
Margaret is survived by her husband George, her children Eli and Maria, her daughter and sons-in-law Linnea and Jonny, her grandchildren Karolina and James and her siblings James(Nancy), Vincent (Geri), Katherine (Al), Mary (Ralph), Ellen (Ed), Nora, Mark (Lisa) and John (Stephanie) as well as many nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews. Gone before are her parents James and Margaret and beloved sister-in-law Hope.
A funeral service will be held at 11:30am, Monday, January 31, 2022, at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. The family will receive visitors beginning at 11am.
Burial will follow at St. Basil Russian Orthodox Church Cemetery.
Margaret will be missed by all who knew her, and she is finally at peace. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association.