Despina Raggousis was born June 29, 1930, in Ano Poroia, Serres, Greece. She was one of six children born to Iraklis and Anastasia Papadopoulos. Despina passed away peacefully with her loving daughter by her side on Thursday, November 26, 2020. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

Her loving two children survive Despina, Eleftheria (John) Zoumbroulis and Athanasios (Kiriaki) Raggousis; her five grandchildren Konstantinos (Allison) Dounoulis, Ekaterini (Alexandros) Varkados, Konstantinos Raggousis, Despina (Chris Lafakis) Raggousis, and Maria Raggousis; her eleven great-grandchildren Eleftheria, Ioannis, Iasonas, and Elpida Varkados; also great-grandchildren Evangelos, Daniel, Lydia, Matthew, Vasilios, and Eleftheria Dounoulis; and her great-grandchild Zachary Lafakis. She is also survived by her brothers Michael (Olympia) Papadopoulos and Eleftherios (Katina) Papadopoulos with their children and grandchildren and countless other cousins, nieces, and nephews in Greece.

She was born during the Great Depression, survived a fire, was left handicapped by polio as a child, and lived through World War II. She became a seamstress and dress designer, opened her own school, and taught other women to sew and design dresses. She married in 1950 to her loving husband, Konstantinos Raggousis, and had two beautiful children. She lost her husband in 1960. She came to America in 1977 to be with her daughter, Eleftheria, and her grandchildren.

Despina was always helping others throughout her life, always caring and giving. Her life was centered around her family and friends. She made everyone in her presence feel special and welcome, always having a warm smile on her face, and enjoyed spending time with people and treating them to a Greek coffee.

She was loved by many and will be missed by all. Rest in Peace. May her memory be eternal.


Tuesday, December 1st, 2020, 10 am – 11 am
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
7921 Old York Rd, Elkins Park, PA 19027


Tuesday, December 1st, 2020, 11 am
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
7921 Old York Rd, Elkins Park, PA 19027


Lawnview Cemetery
500 Huntingdon Pike
Rockledge, PA 19046

In lieu of flowers, donations in Despina’s memory may be made to Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 7921 Old York Rd, Elkins Park, PA 19027.