Rena Eleftheriadis passed away on January 22, 2021 at the age of 52 with her family by her side after a courageous fight against metastatic breast cancer. Born on July 15, 1968, she was the eldest daughter of her late parents Constantine Pahoulis and Kaliopi Perdikologou. At the age of seventeen, she married the love of her life, Vassilios Eleftheriadis, and shared the rest of her life with him and their three children: Anastasios, Constantine, and Kaliopi.
Rena treasured her family; she was the pillar and the glue that kept everything together. She never took a day off from being a wife, mother, and grandmother, and anyone who knew her knew she genuinely would not have had it any other way. She was a woman who had all the answers, knew where everything was, and kept the lives of her loved ones running seamlessly, all without asking anything in return. Rena’s personality was one of a kind and she was an aspirational character. She had a heart of gold and was hard-working, reliable, honest, selfless, funny, and a true blessing to anyone in her life. She loved to laugh and had the best sense of humor that everyone around her loved the moment they met her. Rena could be found helping run the family business, or at home cooking, baking, reading a book, doing a crossword, crocheting a new afghan, or just relaxing watching television with her daughter in the evening. She made every day special and created traditions that her family will always cherish.
Diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer (de novo) in March 2019, Rena was determined to never allow cancer to take control of her life. Just by looking at her, no one knew she was fighting the toughest battle of her life because of her resilience and strength. She did not allow it to define her and instead she immersed herself in learning about her disease and becoming a healthier version of herself. Despite the ugliness of her disease, she viewed it as a blessing in a way because it changed her entire perspective on life. The small problems did not matter anymore, she stopped caring what others thought of her, and she found a new appreciation for every day she could spend with her loved ones.
In addition to her husband and her children, Rena is survived by her daughters-in-law Rachel and Alejandra; her grandchildren Ari, Adrian, Rena, and one more granddaughter on the way; her sister Sylvia Dunne; her step-mother Peggy Pahoulis; and countless aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family would like a donation made to Metavivor, https://www.metavivor.org/take-action/donate/, an organization that solely focuses on metastatic breast cancer.
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