BESSIE PERTHEL Bessie Stavros Perthel passed over July 3, 2019. She leaves behind her husband, Douglas; daughter, Karen; her three sons, Carl, Mark and Eric; also her brothers, Arthur and Dino Stavros. Her older sister predeceased her in 2018. Her life, indeed, was fulfilling and exciting. She graduated from Concord, NH high school in 1947 and was employed as office manager for the Humphrey's Refrigeration Company, a division of the Tyler Corporation. She had a wonderful alto singing voice and was soloist for many years in the Greek Orthodox Church in Concord in 1950-she also joined Christ Episcopal Church in Kensington, MD. Bessie chose a lovely, old Federal Colonial home In the Old Hamlet of Chevy Chase, MD. Her passion was cooking and had unsurpassed skill in Greek, French and Japanese cuisine. One of the highlights of her cooking was attendance at the Academie Le Cuisine; run by the well-known chef, Marcel Duroit of Washington, DC. She enjoyed preparing her dinner parties for eight people in her home where neighbors and friends gathered for many years. Her main experience for sexual discrimination was in NY City, where her husband attended graduate school at Columbia University. Her opportunity to join the Perry Como Music Company was thwarted when she told them she was pregnant. She quickly moved on and became Office Manager for the Empire Insurance Company. She often joked, though, that having her first son Carl for $50 at the well-known Amsterdam Hospital in Manhattan because her husband was a Korean War veteran and graduate student at Columbia. She often said her life was very fulfilling as an at-home mother, while her husband's job had him away for several weeks at a time traveling the planet. However, she was very active In the Rollingwood Elementary School, running the annual book fare, the school library and health center. A firm believer of life beyond, she often said, - don't know where or when, but we will all be together again.' At her request, she was cremated and her ashes are interred in an urn on the mantle of her lovely home in Lake Mead View, Boulder City. She will be in our memories always.
Published in Boulder City Review on Sep. 19, 2019.