Anna Chryssafidou Lahiri

Oct. 18, 1937 — July 30, 2019

From Kennewick, WABorn in Athens, Greece

Celebration of Life

  •   Starts:
    Fri, August 9 2019, 11 a.m.
  •   Location:
    Einan's at Sunset
    915 Bypass Highway

    Richland, WA US 99352

Graveside Service

Anna Chryssafidou Lahiri 

Mrs. Anna “Loula” Lahiri, 81, of Tri-Cities, Washington, died Tuesday, July 30, 2019 in Kennewick, WA. 

Anna Lahiri was born October 18, 1937 in Athens, Greece, and lived in Piraeus, Greece, Calcutta, India, London, England, and in the Tri-Cities, WA, USA. 

She has lived in the Tri-City area for the past 53 years. She was a member of the Greek Orthodox Church.

The second child of Demetrios Chryssafidis and Marika Marinopoulou Chryssafidou, her family included her eldest sister, Aggeliki Chyrssafidou, her younger brother, Christos Chryssafidis, and her youngest sister, Despina Chryssafidou.  

Her Father, the inventor of Byzantine Greek Braille, and a Greek Orthodox Right Psaltis, was Man of the Year in Greece in the 1980’s.  

After finishing Gymnasium in Piraeus, Greece, Anna Chryssafidou moved to London, England.  It was in London that she met the love of her life, Dr. T. D. Lahiri, M.D., M.R.C.P.  They had a whirlwind romance, and after three weeks, Dr. Tapanendra, “Tapan,” Lahiri, asked Anna Chryssafidou to marry him.  They had a civil ceremony in London, then travelled to Athens, Greece, where her husband converted to the Greek Orthodox faith, and they had a Greek Orthodox marriage ceremony, and honeymooned in Greece.  

Anna’s son, Demetrios, was born in Greece in 1964, prior to coming to the United States.  The birth of her daughter, Maria Lina in 1971, the marriage of her son and daughter, and the births and baptisms of her grandchildren, Gunnar James, Alexia Marie, Alexandra Gitanjali, and Demetrios Chryssafidis, are part of a life well-lived. 

Helping to start the Greek Orthodox Church in the Tri-Cities, supporting her husband in founding the Neurological Center and receiving numerous accolades related to her support for American and Disabled Veterans made her proud.  She gained her American citizenship on her 45th birthday after living in Washington State for 16 years. 

Many were amazed by her courage, beginning at a young age, to venture abroad with her husband and begin a life over 6,000 miles away from her family and home. She missed her homeland of Greece and made annual trips to visit her family and immerse herself in her celebratory culture of Bouzouki, dancing and breaking plates! Her spirit was vivacious and her inner being brave. She was glamorous in her every movement and her children are thankful for the strength that she had to encourage their father to come to this country.

Anna Lahiri is survived by Demetrios T. Lahiri, Maria Nirmala Lahiri, daughter-in-law; Alexandra Gitanjali Lahiri, granddaughter; Demetrios Chryssafidis Lahiri, grandson; Maria Lina Krogh, daughter; Cody Boyer Krogh, son-in-law; Gunnar James Krogh, grandson; and Alexia Marie Krogh, granddaughter.  

She is preceded in death by Demetrios Chryssafidis, father; Marika Marinopoulou Chryssafidou, mother, and Dr. T. D. Lahiri, M.D., M.R.C.P., her husband. 

The funeral will be held at Einan’s at Sunset, 915 Bypass Highway, Richland, WA 99352 on Friday August 9, 2019 at 11:00 AM.

Interment to follow the service. 

A meal of remembrance will follow at Anthony’s at Columbia Point, 550 Columbia Point Drive, Richland, WA, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

 


Guestbook for

Anna Chryssafidou Lahiri


  • We met Anna at St. Nectarios Greek Orthodox church when we lived in the Tri-Cities. She was friendly and welcoming, and sponsored Etta when she converted to the Greek Orthodox faith. We moved away many years ago, but stayed in touch via phone/mail. Anna was a wonderful person, and we will miss her greatly.

    Nicholas & Etta Saltos
    Aug. 21, 2019
    Gettysburg, PA
  • I'm sorry hear that she lived across (neighbors) to my house in Richland. She was beautiful lady, bright, and very brave. She was very sweet lady and pretty. 🙏❤🙂💖

    Belinda
    Aug. 17, 2019
    McNabb
  • I had the pleasure and honor to meet both Dr Lahiri and his beloved wife Anna when I lived in TriCities 2003-2008. What a remarkable couple, dedicated to their family and serving the community! Dr Lahiri is still remembered for the long hours and excellent care for his patients; I was proud to know him professionally. Anna I met at St Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church, a pillar of the community. She welcomed me into her circle and we had fun dinners together and trips to Seattle. Full of life, elegance, a true lady, and a fighter, may her memory live on through her children and grandchildren and all the people who have met her.

    Dr Olympia Tachopoulou
    Aug. 9, 2019
    Tacoma, WA
  • We do not grievewithout first loving. We do not love without gaining more than we could ever love..May the Lord s blessing be with you at this time and bring you peace,love and prayers. My prayer of sympathy Jane Lohdefinck

    Jane Lohdefinck
    Aug. 9, 2019
    223Jadwin Ave Richland WA.99352
  • I met Mrs. Lahiri when I rented a house from her in Richland over 30 years ago. We became friends and occasionally visited. I enjoyed her company an appreciated what a spirited person she was. I was lucky to have known her.

    Georgia Stephens
    Aug. 8, 2019
    Richland, WA
  • I'm so saddened to hear of Anna’s passing. Anna and Tapan always welcomed me into their home with the warmest of hospitality and treated me as their own. Anna was passionate, intelligent, kind hearted, experienced and EXTREMELY patient with Lina and I. I have the fondest of memories living and growing up in the Lahiri house. She taught me a deeper compassion and appreciation of other cultures including my own. Always present, always direct, as an adult she appreciated my experience with open arms, curiosity and always wanted to learn more of my own experience. I always appreciated her genuine interest in other people and sharing her own. A true independent spirit, Anna, you will never be forgotten and may you rest in eternal peace.

    Rick Hubbard
    Aug. 8, 2019
    Seattle, WA USA
  • Η θεία Άννα ή θεία <<Λουλα>>όπως την λέγαμε ήταν και θα είναι η αγαπημένη μου θεία. Θυμάμαι πως και πως όταν θα ερχόταν σπίτι να κάνουμε τις βόλτες μας μαζί καθώς και τις ατελείωτες συζητήσεις για την ζωή.. Είχαμε ένα κοινό κώδικα επικοινωνίας.. Θεία μου θέλω να ξέρεις ότι σαγαπω. Σε ευχαριστώ για όλα. May your soul rest in peace my beloved aunt keep dad good company in heaven's bouzoukia.

    nikos pantelopoulos
    Aug. 7, 2019
    Greece
  • I believe I spent more time at your house than I did my own. You were always so welcoming. You have a grace about that I completely admired. You showed determination and perseverance that amazed me and still amazes to this day. Rest well, Anna. Be at peace. You will never be forgotten and your presence will be missed.

    Heidi Pomeroy
    Aug. 6, 2019
    Pasco, WA
  • Η θεία "Λουλα" για εμένα ηταν και θα είναι η αγαπημένη μου θεια. Πάντα την θαύμαζα και θαμπωνομουν από το μεγαλείο και την λάμψη της. Καθε φορά που ηταν μαζί το σπίτι μας φωτιζε σαν Χριστούγεννα και το τεράστιο χαμόγελο της σε υπνοτιζε. Τοσο δυναμική θαρραλέα δυνατή που δεν μπορούσες να μην την χαζεύεις. Παντα με ανοιχτή αγκαλιά να κάνει τα χατήρια που η μαμα απαγόρευε. Και πόσο χαιρόταν να λεει οτι μοιάζω πιο πολύ σε εκείνη. Και καμαρωνα και εγω. Καθε επίσκεψη ηταν γιορτή. 2η απουσία μεγάλη και σημαντική για την οικογένεια μας. Σε ευχαριστω τοσο πολύ για ολα ολα. Και ειμαι ευγνώμων γιατί σε εσενα χρωστάω το ξεκίνημα μου. May your soul rest in peace my beloved aunt keep dad good company in heaven's bouzoukia.

    Fotini Pantelopoulou
    Aug. 6, 2019
    Athens Greece
  • She was my eldest maternal aunt.I could never meet her in person but I have heard many stories from my uncle and dad. The first time my dad went to US as a visiting scholar in an University during 70s , he visited my uncle,aunt and kids (Lina and Demetri).Anna came to pick him at the airport and she said that she was a very safe driver. My dad says she is the kindest lady he has ever seen. And that she was very courageous. Whenever my uncle used to visit us during his Indian holidays either with Lina or Demetri he kept us glued with plenty of nice stories and Anna was in most of them.He loved her very much. It's a great loss for all of us.My her soul rest in peace.

    Rajarshi Sanyal
    Aug. 6, 2019
    Brussels Belgium
  • Anna, was the essence of a woman of class and extreme beauty. She always drew attention to what should be and for this as a standard. I found her so very interesting in life and as a strong willed lady. Being a life long family friend I only wish I had know her sooner. For Anna was a woman of complexity to admire in her strength. For her every day in every way she was a strong and prideful woman. She raised two amazing children, one whom has become my sister in my life by friendship. For Lina is cut from the cloth of a beautiful mother and raised as a strong woman as well. For Anna gave to Lina so many attributes in life. I will miss dearly seeing Anna’s beautiful smile and charm while hearing her talk to us girls ... She has shown me what a strong and determined woman is and to expect nothing less in so many ways. She was a really amazing lady, mother and Grandmother. God Bless, and rest in peace Beautiful Anna. Angela Quinn and family.

    Angela Quinn
    Aug. 6, 2019
    San Diego, Ca
  • My deepest condolences for the loss of dear Lula ! I hope that she will meet our Lord and she will stay by His side happy and relaxed for ever...

    Dolly Kalimeri
    Aug. 6, 2019
    Athens Greece
  • Anna had a remarkable zest for life and amazing energy. She will always be remembered as a good friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you Lina and Demi.

    Rebecca Manolopoulos
    Aug. 6, 2019
    Tacoma,wa
  • 2 Timothy 4:7 "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." I thank God for Anna. Her life was amazing, the way she dealt with so many challenges inspired me so much. Anna was one of the most enduring and uncomplaining and joyful people I ever knew, and had great strength of mind and independence. I thank God for the privilege of meeting her in my son-in-law Demetrios and daughter Maria's home in Dallas. I will remember her always. Beulah Sumithra (mother of Maria Lahiri).

    Beulah Sumithra
    Aug. 6, 2019
    Bangalore,India
  • I am so thankful that my mother had such zest for life. She had “passion” and for The Greeks that is all that truly matters in life. She taught me grace, in her own way. She taught me to create a welcoming home. She taught me to appreciate family and the “finer” things in life by her definition. I am thankful that because of her courage she brought two hemispheres together. Four cultures under one roof. Greek, Indian, British and American. She opened her door to friends from her community- whether It be medical or geographical- regardless of religious or political affiliation and feed them. Taught them how to appreciate Greek or Indian culture and was present - in her own way. Cheers to her for her independence and strong will. There will never be anyone like her. Ever. She had an appreciation for Christ and The Orthodox Church. For that I am grateful. May her memory be eternal.

    Maria Lina Lahiri Krogh
    Aug. 5, 2019
    Liberty Lake, WA
  • Anna was an amazing representation of life. As a mother in law, she treated me like a son. She was a very caring person and always remembered important life events. She faced life one day at a time overcoming many life challenges. I was always impressed with her strong independence and will for life. She was a devote Orthodox Christian and I deeply respected her religious commitment. We will miss her dearly.

    Cody Krogh
    Aug. 5, 2019
    Spokane, WA
  • Yia Yia was my grandmother, and let me tell you, every time we’d go visit her it was never uneventful. She called my dog ugly and when I wore her glasses she commented on how she liked my other ones better. She got me a dora ds game for my tenth birthday, regardless of whether or not I had a ds (I hadn’t), but I knew she loved me. She would grab my face with her remarkable leather gloves and kiss me on the cheek and tell me how beautiful I was or how long my hair was getting. I remember her telling me how proud she was of me, or telling me to roll her around in her wheelchair, fast, and we’d laugh at the danger. I never thought she’d be gone this soon, and I am filled with sorrow at the thought of our loss, but I know that she is in all of our hearts, and now lives peacefully in heaven while watching over all of us. Rest in Peace, my beautiful Yia Yia.

    Alexia Krogh
    Aug. 5, 2019
    Liberty Lake Washington
  • She was my elder aunt, and was a wonderful lady. After her marriage with my elder uncle she came to India to live with her in-laws, but unfortunately she had to go back. She was a courageous lady and supported my uncle in every possible way. I am so unfortunate that I could not met her . May her eternal soul rest in peace.

    Alakananda Chaudhuri
    Aug. 5, 2019
    Kolkata, India
  • Mother was an inspiration to us in so many ways. From her tremendous sense of will to her fiercely independent spirit to her zest for life, we are truly grateful to God for her life and for what she meant to us. She was a wonderful mother to Demetri and me, and a loving yiayia to our children, Alexandra and Demetrios. Mother was utterly glamorous and exotic, a true Greek Goddess whose sense of style, elegance and sophistication stayed with her up to the very end of her life. A true jet-setter with a flair for life and adventure, she was also a lifelong devout Greek Orthodox Christian. She was strong and brave, facing life's challenges with grace. She taught us so much through her life, and she will be greatly missed by all those who loved her. May her memory be eternal. Maria, Demetri, Alexandra and Demetrios Lahiri

    Maria N. Lahiri
    Aug. 5, 2019
    Highland Park, TX, USA
  • I loved my Yia-yia very much. It was nice to see her, and talk to her on the phone. She was a pinnacle of Greek culture and heritage. She would tell me about her life in Greece and the story of her life. She was very proud of me. I will miss her. May her memory be eternal.

    Alexandra G. Lahiri
    Aug. 5, 2019
    Highland Park, Texas
  • I loved my Yia-yia very much, and she always let me know that she loved me, as well. I was named after her father, Demetrios Chrysafidis, and I am honored to share the Chrysafidis name. I will miss my Yia-yia very much! May her memory be eternal.

    Demetrios Chrysafidis Lahiri
    Aug. 5, 2019
    Highland Park, Texas
  • Anna, our mother, was vivacious, exotic, and full of life! She loved her son and daughter, and all four of her grandchildren, tremendously. She always put others before herself and gave with all her heart. Fiercely independent, she didn’t want people to feel sorry for her, or help her, even when faced with medical challenges. We will miss her dearly. May her memory be eternal. With much love, Demetri, Maria, Alexandra and Demetri Lahiri

    Demetrios T. Lahiri
    Aug. 5, 2019
    Highland Park, Texas, USA

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