Niki Papas

niki papas

January 1, 1937 ~ December 24, 2021

Niki Papas was born in Kalavasos, Cyprus to John and Katerina Stylianou on January 1, 1937, and grew up in Asgata, Cyprus. She was married to Nick Papas of Lefkara, Cyprus on January 1, 1962. Together they emigrated to New York City. After several years of living in New York, they moved to New Jersey, living first in Bergenfield and then settling in Teaneck, New Jersey. She worked as a seamstress in Bergenfield and at Digby's Department Store in Teaneck. She later worked at the cafeteria at Benjamin Franklin Middle School and then Teaneck High School.

She raised two sons, George, who is married to Christalla, and John, who is married to Angeliki, and was a proud grandmother to her 5 grandchildren, Erini, Nicholas, Niki, Aspasia, and Filothei Papas.

Niki was a phenomenal cook who loved to gather people together with food. She is well known for her pastichio, her vasilopita recipe, and of course, her baklava. Niki also enjoyed flowers and was well known in her neighborhood for having a beautiful garden and the best vegetables. She loved the church, her family and her village of Asgata in Cyprus. She was a member of the Asgata Association, and the St. Philothea Philoptochos Society of Tenafly, NJ. She was a selfless woman who always put the needs of others above her own, so in lieu of flowers please donate in Niki's name to the St. Philothea Philoptochos Society of Tenalfy, NJ.


Funeral Service: December 29, 2021 10:30 am

St. John The Theologian Greek Orthodox Cathedral
353 E. Clinton Avenue
Tenafly, NJ 07670

Visitation at Funeral Home: December 28, 2021 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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

Final Resting Place: December 29, 2021 11:45 am

Brookside Cemetery
425 Engle Street
Englewood, NJ 07631

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  1. I remember one time when George brought myself and a friend to his house (during college years). His mother was there and asked "Do you boys want anything to eat?" Trying not to be a bother, we said, "no thanks, that's okay". Not two minutes went by and we turned around and the entire kitchen table was covered with food that she had put out. Of course we ate…
    And it was there that I had my first stuffed grape leaves, which she had made herself. They were soooo good. I ate too many. To this day, I still eat them because of that moment. Her kindness is what I remember and what lives on. My condolences.

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