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daughter, Helen Kostarides, assisted the cause by showing the
Supreme President many photos and mementos for this story.
With tears as she reminisced, bringing out even her dress and
AHEPA Princess sash, Mrs. Geroulis Kostarides stated, " I can't
hide my joy for bringing the greetings of one people to another
kindred great people. I feel from the moment I set foot in
America, America was born in me. "
Author's Note: Special thanks to Helen Kostarides for her
assistance. The family has searched for years for the missing urn
and asks if anyone knows of its whereabouts to contact AHEPA
Global headquarters.
Maria, with her daughter, Helen Kostarides, showing off her AHEPA
Princess gown and sash, 70 years later.
A tour of the United States with stops in Birmingham, Atlanta,
Tarpon Springs, Chicago, Minneapolis, and the Parthenon in
Tennessee ensued. On her famous trip to the Parthenon of
Nashville, Mrs. Kostarides reflected, " I felt as though I were in my
own land " when she saw the Nashville Parthenon on January 2,
1952. She was a guest of AHEPA national and local officers there.
In Minneapolis, she was taken to her first shopping tour in the
United States. She also attended the " Olympiad " track meet during
the Minneapolis AHEPA National convention of 1951 and recalls
newsreels played in front of theater audiences telling her story.
When the excitement of the United States tour subsided, she
went to Indianapolis to live with her uncle. It was in Indianapolis
where the AHEPA Princess met the love of her life, Anastasios
Kostarides. They were married in 1953 and had two children,
Helen and Andy. She was proud of the fact that she has been
blessed with grandchildren and even great-grandchildren.
One day she recalled crying when she saw a television show,
" Truth or Consequences " where siblings were reunited. Her village
was looted by Communist guerillas who carried away all
food staples and burned the homes of her village. Her husband
promptly made arrangements for each of her two sisters and
three brothers to be brought to Indianapolis from Greece.
Although he has since passed, Anastasios and Maria had a
wonderful life together. Kostarides' businesses included parking
lots, rental property, street ice cream vendors, and the Elite
Café. A devoted wife and mother, Maria became a member of the
Ladies of the Philoptochos Society and volunteered at the Holy
Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.
Seventy years later, at age 89, this AHEPA Princess was visited
for this article by Supreme President George Horiates. Her
www.ahepa.org
Top: Supreme President Horiates and Maria share a moment during
their interview.
Bottom: Maria has been blessed with several grandchildren and
great-grandchildren.
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