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“May god bless my grandmother you leave us with fond memories of your kind words and gestures you will live on in my heart forever. ”
1 of 4 | Posted by: Louis Klekos

“Yia Yia, my family really loved you and will miss you terribly. You were always a welcomed visitor in our home and in our lives. You blessed us with...Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: Dan, Abby, Ashton & Dawson

“I will sadly miss my dear grandmother growing up i have many fond memories of all her visits to see all of us and the kind words and gestures she had...Read More »
3 of 4 | Posted by: Louis Klekos - Vineland, NJ

“I had the privilege of working with Hariklia in the door to door field ministry as well as accompanying her on one of her Bible studies. She was a...Read More »
4 of 4 | Posted by: Karen Whitmore - Bloomfield Hills, MI


Hariklia was an extraordinary woman in so many ways. She came from a small farm village in Greece to the U.S. when she was 28 years old - not a simple task being a divorced mother of a young son with no knowledge of the English language and only an elementary education. From the moment she stepped off that boat, she took off running. Her intelligence, resourcefulness, congeniality, and indefatigable work ethic took her many places. She learned to speak, read and write English and eventually became a U.S. Citizen. She remarried and raised a daughter; that alone might be accomplishment enough for some, but not for Hariklia. She took on various jobs over the years -- some at the same time. No job was too demeaning nor too daunting. From short-order cook to cleaning lady, to eventually noon-hour and teacher's aide and even custodian with Detroit Public Schools. She accumulated over 40 years of employment with the Detroit Board of Education. She also sold Avon for over 30 years. Even though she never used a calculator when totaling her customers' orders, she rarely made a mathematical error. Besides working outside of the house and keeping an immaculate home, Hariklia had many passions. She loved to cook, garden, exercise, and tend to her beautiful roses. She loved people. Her home, refrigerator and garden were always open to practically everyone crossing her path (much to the dismay of her husband). If you could not enjoy a meal with her, you at least had to take some food home. Hariklia never learned to drive a car --despite being able to pass the written exam without assistance. However, this fact never stopped her from getting to where she wanted to go. Whether she knew you or not, if you were at the right place at the right time, she would volunteer you to give her a ride. This is how she got to and from the grocery store, the bank, her Avon route (which many times was way beyond her actual route), and even the local health club on Michigan Ave. in Dearborn. Her greatest passion was her faith. In the 70's, while cleaning an office building, Hariklia met a young woman. She invited this young woman home for a meal and to meet her young daughter. The woman said she was unable to because she had to go on a Bible study. Hariklia told this young woman she would love to learn more about the Bible. After several years of studying the Bible, she became one of Jehovah's Witnesses. Jehovah's Witnesses are most known for their formal door-to-door work spreading their knowledge of God's Word, the Bible. Hariklia loved to tell others about what she learned. She would often talk to a stranger on the street, in their car while driving her some place, or at the local grocery store early in the morning that God's Kingdom – the one that Christians pray for in "The Lord's Prayer"– is a real government with real answers and solutions to the world's problems. And that someday the earth will be a paradise. Whether you believed what she said or not, you could not help but be touched by her conviction, drive (without a car or with your car), generosity, love for life, people, and God. Wife of the late Gregory. Mother of Lefty Klekos (Bessie) and Liz Heldt (Jeff). Grandmother of Louie, Harry, Connie, Chloe, Kendall and the late Chris. Also survived by 4 great grandchildren. Funeral service Tuesday 11a.m. at A.J. Desmond & Sons (Vasu, Rodgers & Connell Chapel), 32515 Woodward (btwn 13-14 Mile), Royal Oak. Family will receive friends Monday 3-8p.m. Interment Mt. Hope Cemetery, Livonia.

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