Athanasea “Nancy” Constan Stathopulos, beloved mother, yiayia, aunt, sister and friend, peacefully left this world on February 6, 2024. She passed after fighting a tough battle with pancreatic cancer. Capturing the extent of Nancy’s positive impact on this world in a few short paragraphs is an impossible task. She treasured her family, especially her three children until her grandchildren seized the throne, her multitude of friends, her Greek culture and religion, and her work helping thousands of children with speech and communication disorders. Being in her company was truly a gift, and she will be greatly missed.
Nancy was born on March 12, 1948, in Decatur, Illinois to Argero (Georgopoulou) and Theodore Constan. Her love for her family and dedication to her community were apparent early in her childhood. She spent her free time outside of school participating in a long list of religious and charitable opportunities through the Greek Orthodox Church. Her favorite pastime was attending the latest movies at The Avon, a movie theater which her father owned. She was a hard worker who valued education. Nancy attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Speech Language Pathology. She enjoyed a 35+ year-long career working with children through the Denver Public School system and her private practice. She refused to “retire” and worked with children at St. Anne’s Episcopal School until this past fall.
When Nancy wasn’t working, cooking, reading, spending time with her grandchildren, stitching, traveling, or having a busier social life than her three adult children combined, you could find her shopping or tending to the irises, peonies, hydrangeas and gardenias in her beautiful garden alongside her companion, James Sherwood.
We wish to extend our sincerest gratitude to all of Nancy’s loyal friends, godchildren, students, nieces and nephews, and colleagues, each of whom she deeply loved and who gave wonderful meaning to her life. Many can attest to Nancy’s clever, compassionate, fair, and fun personality. She loved organizing get-togethers for those she loved and honing her shrewd ability to find a sale or a great deal! Her legacy will continue through our fond memories and time with her. Nancy, we love you so much, and you were taken from us too soon.
Nancy is survived by her children, Argy (Nick), Ted (Robin), and Stefan (Elysia), brothers George (Vicki), and Van (Liz), and her five grandchildren, who were her pride and joy: Big D, Pani, Athena, Little D, and Zander. She was preceded in death by “the love of her life”, Jim Stathopulos, mother, Argero Constan, father, Theodore Constan, brother, Chris Tsevelekos, and sister, Angeline Mena.
The Trisarion and Funeral services will be held at the Assumption of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Cathedral (4610 East Alameda Avenue) on Monday, February 12th at 7pm and Tuesday, February 13th at 10am.
The family would appreciate memorial donations be made in Nancy’s name to the childrens’ programs at The Assumption of the Theotokos and St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Churches.
Monday, February 12, 2024
7:00 - 8:00 pm (Mountain (no DST) time)
Coffee hour will take place in the Community Center, immediately following the conclusion of the Trisagion service