Antigone Bleecher
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Antigone Bleecher
  • July 23, 1923 - October 23, 2017
  • Brooklyn, New Hampshire

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Antigone "Andy" (Papadopoulos) Bleecher unexpectedly passed away on Monday, October 23, 2017 at age 94. She had been recovering from a successful hip surgery. Andy was known to be a character of tough composition and kind disposition who deeply cared about her family. Her sister, Virginia "Ginny" Kallas (Papadopoulos), was the most important person in her life. Andy never had children, so she lavished her love and attention on her nephews and nieces: Anthony Kallas, Ianthe Kallas-Bortz, Nicholas Kallas, Thalia Loffredo and close Kallas family friend, Bambang Santoso. Andy also loved her cocker spaniels, Buddy the First and Buddy the Second. They gave her a strong sense of purpose in her retirement. Any dog owner could readily see she treated each one like it was her own child.

Andy was a long time Manchester resident. She attended Maynard School on Union Street and Central High School. She spent her career in the federal government as an administrative assistant. She started at Grenier Air Force Base and moved on to the Norris Cotton Federal Building. Her typing skills were formidable and she readily adapted to the early part of the digital age. She spent most of her life living at 437 Laurel Street and was very well known and liked in the neighborhood.

Andy was a devoted daughter to her parents, Nicholas Papadopoulos and Joy (Zoi Gramatikas) Papadopoulos. She stayed with them all their lives and helped manage their home on Laurel Street, as well as their bungalow colony, Joy's Cottages, in Hampton Beach.

Ten years ago, Andy started to decline into dementia and was unable to live by herself. Her sister, Ginny, wanted her to relocate to Brooklyn, NY, where she could be properly cared for. Her stay in Brooklyn was punctuated by spending the summers at Hampton Beach and making occasional trips back to Manchester.

Andy is survived by her sister, nieces, nephews and their spouses, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, and numerous cousins.

Andy will always be remembered for her kindness and glints of energy anytime anyone saw her. Best sister and aunt ever.

Visitation was held on Friday October 27 from 4 to 7 pm at the McHugh Funeral Home 283 Hanover St. corner of Beech St. in Manchester. The Trisagion Service was celebrated at 6 pm. A Funeral Service was held on Saturday October 28 at 10 am at Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church 111 Island Pond Rd. in Manchester. Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations in Andy's name be made to the Manchester Animal Shelter 490 Dunbarton Rd. Manchester, NH 03102.