Eternal Be Her Memory...

Theodora Chlentzos Zes
February 28, 1933 - July 23, 2021

The Kytherian Society of California has lost another legend. Teddi Chlentzos Zes passed away July 23 with her family by her side. She will be dearly missed by all. 

Teddi was the daughter of Angelo Chlentzos and Stamatina Mavromatis both from Christoforianika, Kythera. Both of her parents were active in the KSOCA and Teddi helped out since she was a teenager. Eventually, she would serve as secretary for many, many years. Our Panigyri’s will never be the same without her bubbly personality and infectious smile.

Our sincere condolences go out to her husband Tikey and the entire family.

May her memory be eternal.


Teddi, as she was affectionately known, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family. Born in San Francisco, she was the first of two daughters of immigrant parents, Angelo and Stamatina Chlentzos. A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Teddi dedicated time and service to her community for many years, teaching Sunday school and serving as secretary at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Ascension in Oakland and later by singing in the Choir at the St. Nicholas Church in San Jose. She was also active in the Kytherian Society of the Bay Area. Teddi worked as a teacher’s aide in the San Jose Unified School District for many years and especially loved her yard duty responsibilities where she was known for blowing her loud whistle while patrolling the playground. Teddi was loved by all who knew her because of her wonderful personality and sense of humor. She always knew how to work the room in social settings, spreading joy everywhere she went. She is survived by her husband Tikey Zes, her three children, Athan , Evan and Anna, and two grandchildren Alex and Evan. Teddi was an amazing mother in law and woman who exemplified grace, compassion and kindness for all. I learned so much from her and I am forever changed by knowing her and loving her. The boys had a fun loving Yiayia who loved to play board games and eat chocolate & waffles. They adored her and She will be missed beyond comprehension. We will honor you Teddi by remembering to lean into joy and appreciate our life as you have in all your days. Thank you for the example you have set and we hope to make you proud. Family and friends are invited to attend the Trisagion at 7:00 PM Wednesday August 4th and Funeral Services Thursday August 5th at 12:30 PM. Both services will be held at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church located at 1260 Davis Street San Jose CA 95126. Teddi loved flowers and the Philoptochos. Flowers or donations to the Philoptochos Society of The Greek Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas San Jose are welcomed. May her memory be eternal.

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