Batziotegos, Christina, of Arlington, passed away peacefully on April 21, 2023. Beloved wife of the late Andrew Batziotegos. Loving mother of Joanne Batziotegos of Arlington. She was born and raised in Greece and six of those childhood years were during the occupation of Greece during WWII. She had many stories to tell about these years and what she and people her home town of Tyrnabo, Greece experienced. As well, she would frequently talk about two first cousins who were affected during Greece’s civil war for communist rule directly after WWII. One of which was lost during the first period of the civil war in 1945, while the other was a victim of the “paidomasima” (e.g., the gathering of Greek children/teenagers that were then transported inside the Iron Curtain), during the second civil war period of 1946-49, respectively.
As an adult, she worked in Greece as a seamstress creating wedding dresses for female clients. From 1960 to 1979, she lived in the States and continued to work as a seamstress and men’s uniform tailor (she also enjoyed sewing a lot of her daughter’s wardrobe during those years). She was a member of her church choir—St. George’s in Hyannis, MA—for 19 years.
In 1979, she and her family moved back to Greece. While visiting and spending time with friends and family, she and her husband travelled Greece’s mainland and the islands. When her husband passed away in 2005, she moved back to Massachusetts. For the entirety of the next 14 years, she was part of the church choir at St. Athanasius Church in Arlington while also working as a weekly volunteer there (assisting with the office with mailings, etc.) and at the Arlington Senior Center (where she helped prepare lunches for the Meals-on-Wheels program).
She was a huge (!) ballet fan and of classical music. Too, she was a fabulous cook of Greek food and also loved to do needlepoint, knit, and crochet.
She will be missed terribly by her sisters Mary (of Canada) and Penelope (of Larissa, Greece), her much loved nieces and nephews, in Greece, as well as beloved friends Eugenia, Lygeri, Joanne M., Katie and Fionnuala.
A Funeral Service will be held at Holy Cross Chapel, Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School Of Theology, 50 Goddard Ave, Brookline, MA on Thursday at 12PM. Burial will follow in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Arlington, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692. To leave a message of condolence, please visit www.keefefuneralhome.com