In Celebration of
December 6, 1924 -
April 17, 2019
Born to Ioannis and Vasiliki (Georgakopoulou) Linardos, in Valira Messinias Greece in 1924, she was the fourth of five children who all have preceded her in death: Georgia, Eleni (Helen), Erikos (Eric) and Theodoros (Theodore). Her childhood in Greece saw her go to school and help her family by tending to the crops and animals they owned in their small farming village. Coming of age during the Second World War and the Greek Civil War that followed, our mother shared many stories of the hardships that befell her family and all of Greece.
As a young woman, she built strong relationships with friends and family in an around her village, many of which endured to her final days. Married to Miltiadis Andreopoulos in the early 1950's, she opened her first business, a Laundry and Dry Cleaning Service, working with her husband to support their first son, John, who was born in 1954. By the late 1950's she left Greece with her husband and son for Germany, where she worked as a seamstress in Stuttgart for three years before immigrating to Canada and settling in Montreal, Quebec in the early 1960's. Her second son, George, was born in 1966.
Separated from her husband in the 1970's she divorced in the early 1980's and continued to work hard to raise her two sons. Her relationship with her sister Helen, who joined her in Canada in 1967, became the foundation of her life. Together, they shared life's best moments and helped each other overcome hardships along the way. She worked tirelessly, purchasing and operating a bakery with her son John to support the family in the 1980's, she put her youngest son George through University. She also worked for many years in the city's famed textile industry as a machine operator for ladies hosiery.
A cancer survivor, she never forgot the land she grew up in, nor the people she left behind. In the 1980's she purchased a condo in Kalamata and built a home in her native village of Valira, visiting regularly with her sister throughout the 80's, 90's and 2000's. It's a place her family enjoys visiting to this day.
Even though suffering with declining health and Alzheimer’s, she always wore a smile and was a shining example to all of us for the strength and perseverance she embodied. While we grieve her loss, we know that our mother is at peace and reunited with her sisters, her brothers and many other family and friends. She is survived by her two sons John and George Andreopoulos, her daughter-in-law Nathalie, her grandchildren Eric (Viktoria), Jennifer and Angelina Andreopoulos, her seven great-grandchildren Alexander, Angel, John Jr., Sammy and Sara Stamatopoulos, Gianni and Anthony Andreopoulos as well as several nieces and nephews who all filled her life with joy. She will be missed by all who knew her and the many people she helped through the years. She will live forever in our hearts and memories.
In memory of Angeliki Linardou, donations may be made to the Socrates and Dimosthenis Schools of the Hellenic Community of Greater Montreal.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 23 from 2 pm to 9 pm at the Blythe Bernier Funeral Home (940 Ogilvy avenue) in Montreal. In keeping with her wishes, our mother's funeral service will take place in her native village of Valira, Greece on May 4.