Andromachi  Teftsis
Andromachi Teftsis

August 5, 1936 - August 5, 2017
Born in Greece
Resided in St. Clair Shores, MI
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Andromachi Athanasiou was born on Aug. 5, 1936 in the small village of Lagada in northern Greece. She had a happy childhood and gentle parents. She was the second of six children. At 19, she married George Teftsis and moved to his nearby village to start a family. In 1966, with their two small children, Michael and Tasso, they boarded the Anna Maria to transverse the Atlantic Ocean and start a new life in the United States. They began work in factories. At one point Andromachi took three buses to her job in a small auto parts factory.

Together she and George started building a life on Manistique on the east side of Detroit. In 1971, she was the baker of the Astoria Pastry Shop in Greektown while George worked as a barber next door. In 1973, she and George bought the Astoria.

"My mom worked very, very hard from early morning to late at night," Tasso Teftsis said. In order to work full time, she would rise early and cook dinner before work.

Mahi became a delicate and deliberate master of Greek cuisine. She mastered a wide range of foods from homemade pita to lamb and rabbit and venison. Her carefully rendered dishes brought happiness to her family and friends. Her joy was cooking and discussing the fine points of food with her family and sending food to their homes.

As her sons grew and took over the business, Mahi and George spent their summers in Greece enjoying their siblings and friends. Over 30 years, they visited every year and enjoyed their early retirement.

Mahi was predeceased by her husband in 2011. She is survived by her sons Michael (Rosalva) Teftisis and Tasso (Margaret Weertz) Teftsis, and four grandchildren; George, Thomas, Alexander and Andrianna.

Mrs. Teftsis will lie in state on Tuesday from 9:00 am until time of service 10:00 am at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 707 E. Lafayette, Detroit 48226. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cathedral.

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Annunciation Cathedral
707 E. Lafayette
Detroit, MI US
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
10:00 AM
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