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Eleni (Helen) Misic, of Plattsburgh, passed away peacefully on April 2, 2017, at the UVM Health Network CVPH, with her loving family by her side.  She was born on the island of Chios, Greece, on Dec. 24, 1921, the daughter of Dhiamandi and Fotini (Jimni) Guelli. 
Eleni dedicated her life to her faith, her family and taking care of others. She was guided by her faith all her life, and was devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose intercession helped her many times. She passed on this devotion to her children and grandchildren through her example and love.  She prayed every day at 3 p.m. for those she loved and those in need, and would attend Mass daily.
Her favorite pastime was taking care of others.  During World War II, she used to bring food to the wounded in the hospital, helped organize secret Masses when they were not allowed to attend church, and would sew jewels into the clothing of those trying to escape persecution. She held a special place in her heart for the less fortunate, and would often tend to the poor, and visit the elderly and housebound.  She was fluent in Greek, Turkish, French and Italian, and would use her languages to help or comfort others. She cared even for the smallest creations of God, making sure her bird feeders were always full and her garden always tended.
Eleni was a devoted wife for 45 years, and raised two beautiful daughters. 
However, her heart grew even bigger than it already was when she became a grandmother.  She adored her children and grandchildren, and blessed their lives with her living examples of faith, kindness, and unconditional love.  Anyone who knew her knew everything she touched became better.  A scraped knee, a bad day, a delicious meal, needed only her magic touch to be good. 
She could make a stranger feel like family within minutes, even without speaking their language.  She was called
"Grandma" by the friends of her grandchildren, because she made everyone feel so loved.
She is survived by her brother, Panayoti Guelli, her daughter, Daisy and her husband Bill Robertin, her daughter, Marie Therese and her husband Andonis Diapouli, her grandchildren, Desiree and her husband Matthew Kirk, Jacqueline Robertin, Yanni and his wife Tina
Diapouli, Matina Diapouli, Eleni Diapouli, and Anne Marie Diapouli, her great-grandchildren Isaac and Jackson Kirk, and Ioli and Marie Therese Diapouli, her sister by heart, Isis Battram and her family, Sam, Steven, and Ann, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Eleni was predeceased by her husband, Jacques Misic, and her brothers, George Andreathis and Dimitri Guelli, and her nephew, Brian Battram.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, at St. John's Church, in Plattsburgh, N.Y. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at 3 p.m. at St. John's Church. Interment will be in Divine Mercy Cemetery at a later date.
Arrangements are entrusted to Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad St., Plattsburgh, NY 12901. (518) 561-3980. Online condolences may be offered at www.brownfuneralhomeinc.com.
Published on  April 3, 2017
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