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09/21/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Fannie Lappas Blentson

Fotini Lappas Blentson
(d. 19 Sept 2009)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have even more sad news this morning.    Fannie Lappas Blentson, owner of the lamdmark Blue Star Diner in Newport News, passed away at home in Newport News on Saturday, September 19, 2009 at the age of 77.

From the Daily Press - 09/21/09:


Fotoni "Fannie" Lappas Blentson

    NEWPORT NEWS - Fannie Blentson, 77, died at her residence on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009.

Fotini, affectionately known as "Fannie", was a native of Karpenissi, Greece. She was a resident of Newport News, and owner of the Blue Star Diner, for the past 46 years, and was a member of the Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church. She was also a member of the Ladies Philoptochos Society and a member of the Evrytanian Association of America.

Fannie was preceded in death by her husband, Angelo Blentson of 33 years.

She is survived by her daughter, Renie Thanos and husband, Panayotis of Long Island, N.Y.; son, Pete Blentson and wife, Laura, of Atlanta, Ga.; a sister, Anna Mageras, of Newport News; a brother, Yanni Lappas, of Karpenissi, Greece; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews; and three godchildren.
Fannie Blentson


A Trisagion Service will be held at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church on Tuesday at 7 p.m. with visitation following until 8 p.m.
Funeral services, with the Rev. George Chioros officiating, will be held at the church Wednesday at 11 a.m. with burial to follow at Peninsula
Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests any donations be made to: Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 60 Traverse Rd.,
Newport News, VA 23606, as a memorial.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press September 21 to September 22, 2009.

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September 21, 2009
Without having known Fotini (Fannie) Blentson personally, her life unknowingly has enriched mine. Each July 15th anniversary of my marriage to King Meehan, we celebrated with a picnic on the Poquoson River, where the hit of the meal was always Greek Salad from the Blue Star Diner. People knew the best home cooked meals were found wherever trucks and trailers parked. For decades we knew it was Blue Star Diner on Warwick Boulevard. Fannie's story from life as a Greek immigrant, to US citizen owning and operating a successful business for many decades, is inspirational! Her dear friend, Pat Perkinson, has shared with me enough details to boggle my mind. Her life on earth was filled with friends, admirers, and remarkable achievements. may she rest in Peace.
Elsie Meehan Duval, Newport News, Virginia

September 21, 2009

God Bless Fannie Blentson

September 21, 2009

We were so sad to hear of Fannie Blentson's passing. Our hearts go out to her entire family.

We didn't know Fannie personally but had a special connection with her after the death of our precious David that she seem to take under her wing and he was a friend of Pete's son. Fannie showed up at David's funeral with her grandson and I was so surprised and pleased. And it seemed she had a closeness with David that we weren't aware of. We went by the diner a few times after the funeral and she was always generous to David's son, Heyden, that he left behind.

We had the pleasure of seeing her at the Blue Star Diner the many times through the years that we ate there or just went in for a pick up of her famous Greek Salad. We have many memories of her and her establishment that is a land mark of history for Newport News.

What a wonderful lady Fannie was and she will be sadly missed by all who was fortunate enough to cross her path.

The diner hasn't been the same since she left.

God Bless her and her family.

Sandra, Michele, Tiffany and Heyden
~ Sandra Ray, Newport News, Virginia
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September 21, 2009

I will always remember Fannie Blentson as a wonderful, talented, and kind, woman. She continuously did for others - always helping & giving. If someone needed a loaf of bread, she would bake them ten. That was her style........generous, strong, loving. We will miss her.

May her memory be eternal.

With all our love and sympathy to her family,

~ John & Valerie Bicouvaris-Stamatakos


September 21, 2009

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your mother was a wonderful person and will be missed by all of us. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you or your family. Love,
Barbara & Charlie; Hazel & Mike
~ Barbara Sills, Newport News, Virginia



   Our deepest sympathies and prayers are extended to Fannie's family and friends. 

   This information is now also posted here:


May her memory be eternal.

   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

In You Rejoice
(O Tebi Radujetsja)

Liturgy of St. Basil - Tone 6

(English adaptation by Edward Sedor)

All creation rejoices in You,
O You who are full of grace,
the host of angels and all mankind.
O holy temple and spiritual paradise,
the glory of virgins,
from whom God was made flesh and became a little Child,
and is our God before all ages.

For He made You womb His throne,
and more spacious than the heavens.
All creation rejoices in You,
O You who are full of grace,
glory to You.

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