Athena Helen Triantafillou

athena triantafillou

June 28, 1926 ~ February 7, 2020

Triantafillou, Athena, (nee Demetriou) also known as Helen Triantos of Fort Lee on February 7. We are deeply saddened by her passing at the age of 93. Born in Astoria, NY on June 28, 1926, she grew up in NYC and Greece with her loving parents and brother. She attended the Central HS of Needle Trades to learn the creative craft of a fine couture seamstress. As a talented student, she had the privilege of working on a garment for Eleanor Roosevelt. In her yearbook, her one goal was to live in a “vine covered cottage.” She realized her dream when she married and moved to her home in Fort Lee over 60 years ago. There she raised three children, was an active and founding community member of St. John’s Greek Orthodox church and president of Hellenic philanthropic group, Daughters of Penelope, Eleni Chapter. She loved to sew beautiful garments, read mysteries, dance joyfully, and had a great sense of humor and “kefi” for life. She was an extraordinary and beautiful mother to Phillip, Edward and Maria. Proud grandmother of 6, great grandmother of 10 and caring friend to many. We were blessed to have had her love and warmth in our lives; we will miss her immensely. She is predeceased by her husband, Chris; parents, Harry and Dora Demetriou, brother John; her favorite cousins and other family members. The family will receive their friends on Tuesday from 4-8 pm at the Frank A. Patti and Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home 327 Main Street “opposite the Fort Lee Library”. All are asked to assemble in St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church (Paramus) Wednesday 10 am for services. If so desired donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. For more information (201) 944-0100 or


Funeral Service: February 12, 2020 10:00 am - 11:00 am

st. athanasios greek orthodox church
51 Paramus road
Paramus, NJ

Visitation: February 11, 2020 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Burial: February 12, 2020 11:15 am - 11:45 am

George Washington Memorial Park
Paramus & Century Roads
Paramus, NJ 07653-0021

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  1. Dear Mrs Triantos,

    My second mom, thank you for allowing me to share a huge part of my childhood with your wonderful family. I'll always have wonderful memories and you will always be in my heart….❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

    Love, "Shadow"

  2. She was the best Aunt anyone could ask for. Her home was the heart center of the neighborhood. It was where you wanted to be. It was where we all went. Aunt Helen was always welcoming, smiling and caring. And fun!

    You might see her cutting kids hair on the front lawn preparing for the summer’s heat. The boys got a buzz cut. For a girl, if your hair was thick … the thinning scissors were brought out. If you didn’t have thick hair, she used the same thinning scissors but only a little bit so you felt included. Aunt Helen wanted you to be cool in the summer. Or you might see everyone piling into her blue and white station wagon to go to Palisades Amusement Park, Lake Welch, trick or treating. Those early days we walked home from school for lunch. Where’d we go? You guessed it. Pastina for lunch? You bet. But this was different. She made the pastina but we got to add however much pastina, milk, salt or whatever we wanted to our own bowls. It somehow turned into a game. Who could handle the most salt?What was the best amount of cottage cheese? How much could you fill the bowl without spilling the food on the table? Lots of laughing and then back to school. How fast could you make a pita? From scratch? Her record was 20 minutes. Every time. Special treat? Callahans or Hirams for everyone! Ice skating? All into the wagon and off to the skating pond by Twin Gables. One Christmas I wanted a cap gun like Philip and Eddie each had. My father said no. What happened? You guessed it. Aunt Helen came through with not one but two cap guns and a holster to boot!

    Thank you Aunt Helen for these memories. For the special way you touched all of our lives. For your beautiful gift of love. For being you.


  3. in the short time I got to know her it was a pleasure. SHE ALWAYS HAD A SMILE ON HER FACE WHILE TELLING ME STORIES ABOUT HERSELF AND HER FAMILY.

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