Services

Visitation One

Mon. Feb. 1, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

St. Basil the Great Greek Orthodox Church

1100 Eldridge Parkway
Houston , TX 77077.

Funeral Mass

Mon. Feb. 1, 2021
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

St. Basil the Great Greek Orthodox Church

1100 Eldridge Parkway
Houston , TX 77077.

Burial

Mon. Feb. 1, 2021
1:00 pm

Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery

12800 Westheimer
Houston , TX 77077.
Mon. Feb. 1, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
St. Basil the Great Greek Orthodox Church
1100 Eldridge Parkway
Houston , TX 77077.
Mon. Feb. 1, 2021
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
St. Basil the Great Greek Orthodox Church
1100 Eldridge Parkway
Houston , TX 77077.
Mon. Feb. 1, 2021
1:00 pm
Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery
12800 Westheimer
Houston , TX 77077.
In Memory of
Despina Berberian
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Despina Berberian passed away peacefully at the age of 94 in her home surrounded by family on January 25, 2021 in Houston, Texas.   She was born on September 1, 1926 in Katerini, Greece to Savvas and Rodama Stefanidis.

Despina survived a traumatic childhood during WWII when the Germans invaded their family’s home. They imprisoned her father and sent her sister to a concentration camp. She would talk about these memories so vividly. She remembered taking only one guitar lesson because they invaded the next day. She remembers how scary it was for her and how her life would be forever changed.

The war would teach her to be resilient. She would overcome all the obstacles life threw her way. She became a strong woman who could get through anything.
  
Despina married the love of her life, Lazarus (Larry) Berberian on May 2, 1952. This began her life’s happy adventure. They moved to Sao Paolo Brazil in 1954 with their 6-month-old daughter for a better life. In 1959, they moved one last time to Houston, Texas to be near her family.

Despina had so many remarkable characteristics. She was a well-rounded woman with such a passion for life. She was a homemaker in the true sense of the word. She took care of Larry like a fairytale wife attending to his every need and making sure he was happy. She raised their three children and their granddaughter, who considers Despina to be her mother. Despina would be known as Yiayia (grandma) by so many. She tended to her home with a genuine and sincere love. Despina believed this was her purpose and she worked harder than anyone.

Despina never walked into anyone’s home without a gift, usually food. She cooked every meal from scratch every day. She loved to cook, and she was amazing at it. She would make a meal large enough to feed an army for family gatherings because if she did not, “etane dropie” (it was an embarrassment).

Despina loved to laugh and absolutely loved music and dancing. At the sound of a beat her feet would start tapping and her hands would start clapping. Music could keep her up all night, all the way to her last days.

She spoke many languages from living around the world and being exposed to many cultures. She spoke Greek, English, Spanish, Turkish, German, and Portuguese.  

Yiayia would do ANYTHING for her family. By anything, I mean she made Papou do it. Ha! But truthfully, she did so much for everyone. She would give you the shirt off her back.

She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her daughters, Zaharoula Bourboulas, Rose Berberian; son, Dikran Savvas Berberian; son-in-law, Kenneth Wilkerson; grandchildren, Eleni Despina Brooks & husband Craig Brooks, and Kenneth Carter “KC” Wilkerson; great-grandson, Zachary David Rayner; and numerous nieces, nephew, cousins, friends, and extended family.

Despina was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Lazarus Dikran Berberian of Constantinople, Turkey; her mother Rodama Amanatidis Stefanidis and father Savvas Stefanidis, her brothers Zacharia Stefanidis and Harry Stefanidis, and her sisters Soula Molho and Evo Stefanidis, all from Katerini Greece.

Services will be on Monday, February 1, 2021; the viewing from 11 am to 12 pm and the funeral service from 12 pm to 12:30 pm at St. Basil the Great Greek Orthodox Church, 1100 Eldridge Parkway, Houston, TX 77077. Burial will commence at Forest Park Westheimer following services.

Flowers are welcome, Beresford Funeral Service, 13501 Alief Clodine Road, Houston, TX 77082. Donations may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org/donate

Charitable Donations may be made to:

Alzheimer's Association
Alzheimer's Association National Office, Chicago, IL 60601. Website Link

Tributes

Message from
Tay Karabinas Gadow
Fri, 01/29/2021

γιαγιά was definitely an awesome cook and loved to dance. I am constantly asking for and trying her recipes but they never turn out quite like when she would make them. I will never forget her teaching Eleni and I some Greek dances for our 6th grade Greece project. That was great! Or when I was in college and would call her so she could help me with my Greek homework. She was the best! She will be greatly missed! Σ’αγαπο γιαγιά

Message from
Tay Karabinas Gadow
Fri, 01/29/2021

γιαγιά was definitely an awesome cook and loved to dance. I am constantly asking for and trying her recipes but they never turn out quite like when she would make them. I will never forget her teaching Eleni and I some Greek dances for our 6th grade Greece project. That was great! Or when I was in college and would call her so she could help me with my Greek homework. She was the best! She will be greatly missed! Σ’αγαπο γιαγιά