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Calliope Barrett

Calliope Barrett

Friday, September 27th, 1935 Saturday, July 20th, 2019

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Obituary for Calliope T "Cleo" Barrett

Calliope “Cleo” Barrett (Bacopulos-Nikitas) of Nashua, NH, 83, on July 20 at Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH with her children at her side. Cleo was born September 27, 1935 in Decatur, Illinois, the daughter of the late Agnes (Johns) Bacopulos of Baroda, Michigan and John Bacopulos of Patras, Greece. Cleo’s family moved to Holyoke, Massachusetts, and she later attended the Burbank School of Nursing in Fitchburg, Mass., becoming an RN and meeting her future husband, Christus Nikitas, after church. They married in 1956, eventually settling in Nashua, and had four children: Michael, John, Matthew and Katherine. Cleo lovingly cared for husband Chris during his fight with cancer and was widowed in 1969. Then with courage and perseverance she raised her four young children, with the support of her extended family and a core group of lifelong friends made in the Marie Avenue neighborhood of Nashua.
She remarried in 1979, to widower Austin Barrett of Hollis, NH, a native of England, who she’d met at a “Parents Without Partners” meeting in Nashua. They shared 25 happy, rewarding years together, traveling and adding new friends. She also gained a daughter, Lynne (Barrett) Marvell. Cleo cared for Austin during his battle with cancer, which ended in 2002.
Cleo loved to golf, read, cook, sing, and most of all unconditionally love her family. She was boundlessly generous with her love and support, a champion letter-writer and gift-giver to her children and grandchildren, and legendary for cooking Greek foods at many family and holiday celebrations centered in her home.
She was a woman of deep faith, a lifelong member of the Greek Orthodox Church, and for 40 years a communicant of St. Philip in Nashua. She prepared and served food at the annual church festivals and was a member of the Agape Society. She was a long-time member of the Nashua Country Club, enjoying regular golf and bridge games.
Cleo was pre-deceased by her brother, the Very Rev. George Bacopulos and her sister, Genevieve Malfas. She leaves behind her son Michael and daughter-in-law Amy Evans of Windham, N.H.; son John and daughter-in-law Mary Nikitas of Clinton, Tennessee; son Matthew and son-in-law Matthew Canton of San Francisco, California; daughter Katherine Nikitas of Bedford, N.H.; daughter Lynne Marvell and son-in-law William Marvell of Rye, N.H.; eight grandchildren: Christus, Alexandra, Zoe, Benjamin, Christus, Amy, Alison and Melissa; five great-grandchildren: namesake Audrey Calliope, McKenna, Will, Carter and Madison; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visiting hours are 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at the Davis Funeral Home, 1 Lock Street, Nashua, N.H. A funeral will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 26 at the St. Philip Greek Orthodox Church, 500 West Hollis Street, Nashua. Burial will follow at Edgewood Cemetery, Nashua.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter, Community Hospice House of Merrimack or the St. Philip Greek Orthodox Church of Nashua.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 25th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Davis Funeral Home
    One Lock Street
    Nashua, New Hampshire
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    Thursday, July 25th, 2019
    5:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Service

    Friday, July 26th, 2019 | 10:00am
    St. Philip Greek Orthodox
    500 West Hollis Street
    Nashua, NH
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    Friday, July 26th, 2019
    10:00am
    Officiant
    Fr. Alex Chetsas
  • Interment

    Friday, July 26th, 2019 | 11:30am
    Edgewood Cemetery
    107 Amherst Street
    Nashua, NH
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    Friday, July 26th, 2019
    11:30am

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Joan T. Stylianos

Dear Mike, John, Kathy And Matty + Families:
I popped into church this morning, and Fr. Alex happened to mention your mom's passing and her love of cooking. I am so sorry. She was a kind and warm friend to my family and a beautiful soul both inside and out. It's so difficult to bury our parents. I share in your loss.-----Joan T. Stylianos
Comment | Posted at 12:33pm via Condolence
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Mike Nikitas

Thank you Joan for reaching out!
Posted at 09:28am
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Lovingly, Kim Halliday

Cleo you will always be in our thoughts and prayers. You always had a smile on your face. God bless your family.
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mike nikitas

Thank you, Kim. You were missed and it was so nice to see you dad, mom, Lisa and Pat! Mike
Posted at 06:56am
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Mike Nikitas

Thank you so much Kim! It was so good to see and speak with Lisa, Pat, your mom and dad!! Best to you and Maureen. Mike
Posted at 09:31am

Joanne Maden

How blessed we all have been to have shared our lives (in any part) with this fabulous woman. Cleo was a cherished friend to my mother (Mary Kolis). She was a beautiful loving presence in our lives for many years; full of grace, wisdom & compassion. Her gentle spirit and honesty are gifts I remember and carry with me. My heart holds each of her children tenderly as together they navigate this transition. In peace, Jo Maden
Comment | Posted at 08:56am via Condolence
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mike nikitas

Thank you, Joanne and it was great to meet you! She is with your mom again.
Posted at 06:55am
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JC Monahan

Mike, I'm so sorry for your loss. Having not met your mom but reading about her, she was clearly a loving, incredible woman. Thinking of you during this time. Love, JC Monahan
Comment | Posted at 04:07pm via Condolence
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mike nikitas

Thanks so much, JC, for your message and thoughts.
Posted at 06:54am
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