NIKE ORDOLIS TSEPERIS
December 05, 1933 - July 10, 2007
Celebration of Life for Nike Tseperis -- An Extraordinary Woman
On July 13, 2008, friends and family gathered at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Clifton, NJ for a special service to Nike Tseperis, who dedicated her life to her family.
Following the service, a large group gathered at the First Reformed Church Cemetary to honor and remember Nike with flowers and prayers.
Ending with a dinner to pay Tribute to Nike Tseperis held at the 202 Italian Bistro in Lincoln Park, one of Nike's favorite restaurants.
Below are the remarks that Virginia Tseperis made honoring her sweet mother:
Thank you for being here today to support us and to celebrate our mother’s life. My sister and I are truly blessed to have such great parents. For those of you that know me, know that this has been a very difficult year for me and having such a great parents and a foundation in my life has really made a big difference in my life today.
I really realized this when I had lunch with my friend, Chris last week. Chris started talking about all the things I had gone through over the year and then said “Anyone else probably would be sitting on a street corner shaking.” That got me to thinking about how my mom’s strength and positive attitude really helped me get through my life.
My mother also had such wisdom. She knew so much. She always knew what to do in every situation. She always had the answers and so I have learned to look for answers. I feel like my mother is here with me cheering me on.
She always gave me compliments. I actually hear them today. She always was specific in her compliments. She wouldn’t just say, “You’re great”. She would be more specific and say, “I am so proud of you. You work so hard. You are so organized. You are so focused. That is why you will always be successful.” I always walked taller with my mother.
Our best qualities were noticed and appreciated. She let us follow our own path. She loved us with all her heart. She was the wind in our sails. She was always there for us no matter what.
Since she was a career woman, a mother and a wife, she was the “energizer bunny” – going all the time. She was always going with a smile. As a mother, she played so many roles and she was “on duty 24 hours a day 7 days a week”. She never had a day off and she was happy about it. She was a financial manager, a bus driver, a nurse, psychologist, housekeeper, dietician and nutritionist, and let’s not forget psychic. So, if you add up all the occupations that our mom had, she should have been paid at least $575,000 per year. Let’s not forget fixing our favorite meal – that’s priceless; kissing our “booboos” – even as adults – priceless; making us feel very special at all our birthday parties – priceless.
We always had a feeling of safety and protection because of our mother. There is no value for that.
Recently, I realized a big secret of my mother’s – the value of a smile. She would always smile and let me know how important it is to “smile”. It really does make a big difference.
My boss told me about a wonderful Jewish tradition. They leave an empty chair at important gatherings and that is where my mom sits today, the chair with my mom’s beautiful pink scarf.
My mom’s positive attitude, unconditional and selfless love and support have really made a big difference in our lives. She taught us to make the best of everything and she was the best example of this.
Thank you Mother. May God Bless you. We love you so much and know you are by our side each moment each day. You are truly an Extraordinary Woman.
With all my love, your daughter, Virginia
Started by The Tseperis Family on July 15, 2008