Dena Sakelaris 1927-2021


Last updated 11/16/2021 at 2:19pm

Dena Sakelaris passed away on Feb. 24, 2021, at the age of 93. Dena was born in Portland, Oregon, to Greek immigrant parents, George and Angeline Haralampus.

She and her brother Angelo had a wonderful childhood revolving around the family owned restaurant with many aunts and uncles close by.

Mom married the love of her life, Gus Sakelaris, on Sept. 2, 1948. They raised their three children, John, Georganne, and Joanne, in Portland, Palo Alto, and finally settled in Edmonds in 1960.

Mom had many talents and interests. She was a fabulous cook, an incredible seamstress, and a master gardener. She loved all kinds of music and was an accomplished pianist. Her family was her pride and joy, and she loved seeing and hearing all the news of her grandkids and great-grandkids.

Mom was preceded in death by her dear parents, beloved husband Gus, her brother Angelo, and daughter-in-law Cindy.

Mom is survived by her children: John, Georganne (Ken), and Joanne (Brian); grandkids Gus, Gena (Jeremy), Angeline, Brian, and Maryellen; and great-grandkids Ava, Ana, John, and Sophia.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Evergreen Hospice may be made in her memory.

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